ScrambleWatch Q&A: Republican Joseph Hobbs on Renewable Energy Standards

As a part of our coverage for the Arizona Corporation Commission race, ScrambleWatch asked Republican Joseph Hobbs 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?

It depends on how you would quantify and classify (government) help. In terms of not providing any roadblocks to the development of good renewable energy sources, I’m very very much in favor of that. In terms of helping with a bully pulpit to promote long term implementation of renewable sources in the state of Arizona, I’m very much in favor of that. We must take advantage of the assets we have in place, all of the sunshine that we have, and develop some viable options based on that. There’s some really positive developments here rather recently, particularly in solar thermal, and wind is also getting to be more viable. I would certainly like to do everything possible to support the development of all of the renewable energy sources. I don’t think there’s a really complete that is in front of everybody today. Hydrogen typically is not on that list. We need lots of power. We need good, safe, dependable sources of power. I’m a big proponent of power, I’m a technical person. I like to get new developments and new products out of the lab and into the practical application.

In terms of the specific renewable energy standard that we have here in Arizona that was adopted back in 2006 on a 4 to 1 vote, that actually was overarching and very cumbersome and I’m not in favor of what it put in place, which is a bunch of mandates. Those mandates are going to require Continue reading