The Arizona Corporation Commission voted yesterday on the final rules for implementing a 15 percent renewable energy standard by 2025. The rules state that 30 percent of the renewable standard is to be derived from distributed energy resources Ãƒ¢Ã‚â‚¬" small-scale technologies located close to where energy is used, such as roof-top photovoltaic projects or solar hot water projects.
For more background on the proposed rules, see our March 2006 story in Democratic Energy.
The benchmarks for the renewable-energy production for the state’s regulated utilities accelerate over time with 2.5 percent of the total by 2010 to 5 percent by 2015, 10 percent by 2020 and 15 percent by 2025. The percentage of distributed generation energy has been mapped out only through 2011. It would require distributed generation technologies meet 5 percent of each utility’s RES obligation by next year and there would be 5 percent annual jumps through 2011 until the 30 percent is reached.