As a former California resident, I moved to AZ for better opportunity. California has high costs of living, overgrown regulatory environment and high energy costs. I oppose the Clean Energy ballot initiative because we need affordable and reliable energy. We don’t need California policy in AZ.
JR Gabaldon, Casa Grande
Arizonans should vote no against Proposition 127 for the following reasons. Arizona’s electric service has been safe, reliable, and affordable for residences and businesses for more than seventy-five years. The Proposition’s 50% renewable energy requirement is arbitrary and has no relationship to Arizona’s energy needs. It will increase costs to Arizonans because it will require unnecessary investments in energy supply. This Proposition would result in electric resources that only work at certain times of the day which will lower the reliability of Arizona’s electricity system. Electric systems need various supply options that work all the time to remain reliable. Finally, this Proposition is being funded by a California organization. Arizona’s energy future should not be left to California interests. Californians pay over 50% higher electric rates as a result of adopting a similar 50% renewable energy requirement. For these reasons, please vote no on Proposition No. 127.
Tom Hall, Director, Reliable Energy Policy
If this initiative passes, rates WILL GO UP. If rates go up, business have to pay more to operate. If business pay more to operate, you and I will have to pay more money for goods and services. So on top of paying more for utility rates, we’ll all be paying more for the things we want and need. It’s bad all around.
Tim Chaulk, Yuma
I know hardworking Arizonans cannot afford soaring utility bills and would prefer to see more money put into education versus electricity production. I also would urge Arizona voters to vote no on this proposition to send a message to those who would come from outside our state and change our state’s Constitution.
Charles Hoisington, Safford Arizona, a Graham County Electric Cooperative Member
I was born and raised in Phoenix and am starting my family here as well. I’m worried about what this will do to my electric bill. If my bill doubles which is likely, how will that affect my budget especially with a new baby on the way? I own a hair salon and raising electric rates will also greatly affect my business.
Bailie Hill, Phoenix
This initiative will raise rates on everyone and I personally urge you to vote against it. It sounds nice to require utilities to install massive amounts of “green energy” sources, but those sources must be backed up by existing sources because solar and wind are not 100 percent reliable. Utilities are guaranteed by law to recoup their investments. The money invested in these massive projects will come out of your pocket, not the utilities’ pockets. Please do not vote in favor because we won’t like the high costs it will place on all of us.
Russell McCloud, Supervisor, Yuma County, Yuma
Not-for-profit electric cooperatives have been providing safe, reliable, and affordable electricity to farms, ranches, small business, and hundreds of thousands of people in Arizona’s rural and suburban communities for more than fifty years. Democratically elected cooperative boards of directors all over Arizona have been adopting solar and other renewable power, and will continue to do so when it makes economic sense for their communities and their cooperative members.
A similar mandate in California caused utility costs to increase dramatically–three times faster in 2017 than anywhere else in the United States. Higher electricity costs hit poor communities the hardest, especially people with mobile homes and older homes.
This proposition is not only expensive and unfair. We also believe the ballot proponents, with the backing of a California Billionaire, are trying to manipulate Arizona voters for their own ambitions. Send them a message that Arizona is not their political playground.
Kirk Gray, General Manager, Graham County Electric Cooperative, Inc., Pima, Creden Huber, CEO, Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Cooperative, Inc., Willcox, Steve Lunt, CEO, Duncan Valley Electric Cooperative, Inc., Duncan, J. Tyler Carlson, CEO and COO, Mohave Electric Cooperative, Inc., Bullhead City and Patrick Ledger, CEO, Arizona Electric Power Cooperative, Inc., Benson
Prop 127 will result in increased electrical costs for Arizona residents and businesses. Estimates place the increase between $500-1000 per household and over $3000 per business. The impact on businesses and the economy could result in a loss of jobs, slowing growth or closure of businesses. Alternatively, businesses can pass their increased costs onto their customers, an option households don’t have. While all users of electricity will face increased costs, the poor will be impacted the most. Utility costs account for a much larger portion of available income to families in poverty. Prop 127 is not in the best interests of the citizens of Arizona or our energy policy. SALC urges you to vote “NO” on Prop 127.
Edward Maxwell, President/CEO, Southern Arizona Leadership Council, Oro Valley
Make no mistake: this California-conceived energy initiative is not about improving our air quality or making Arizona a healthier place to live. In fact, study after study has shown that – not only will this proposal do more harm than good for the environment – it will also result in lost jobs, cause irreparable economic damage and hurt hardworking Arizona families and business owners – including the industry men and women we represent. Rural Arizonans in particular will pay a steep price as power plants throughout the state will be forced to close if this initiative is approved. That includes Palo Verde Generating Station – one of our most reliable and sustainable clean sources of power, a critical employer of thousands and Arizona’s single largest taxpayer. Arizona is NOT for sale. Please join us in rejecting this costly initiative. Vote no on Prop. 127.
Bas Aja, Executive Vice President, Arizona Cattle Feeders’ Association, Phoenix