ScrambleWatch Q&A: Democrat Sandra Kennedy on Renewable Energy Standards

As a part of our coverage for the Arizona Corporation Commission race, ScrambleWatch asked Democrat Sandra Kennedy about the role of the agency in setting policy about clean energy.

Is the free market the proper mechanism to promote cleaner energy or should government be involved

I think that, at the rate we’re going, if government does not play a significant role, I don’t believe that the providers would actually do this on their own. I think cases have proven that if they wanted to do it they could have done it long before now. So I’m absolutely for government intervention, with setting rules because sadly, it had to be done that way. I’m glad to see that the ACC has taken that step.

What do you think of the current Renewable Energy Standard?

Because of the rules that were set by the ACC, I think the Renewable Energy Standard was a brilliant step, and I commend them for making such a move and setting Arizona up for renewable energy. The goal to get to 15 percent by 2025 is excellent. Arizona is the first of the worst and the last of the best, and we just need to take daily steps to make sure that every provider, every utility company that participates in renewable energy is doing their fair share. I would not increase the percentage, because this is something new. We’ve got to make sure that it’s going to work properly and as we go we can iron out the kinks. But, as far as raising the percentage, I wouldn’t do that.

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