For Immediate Release | 10/29/20
Media Contact | Office of Commissioner Sandra D. Kennedy
Direct | 602-542-3933
Email | SDKennedy-Web@azcc.gov
Since returning to the Arizona Corporation Commission in January 2019, Commissioner Sandra D. Kennedy has worked to protect ratepayers from costly climate change impacts. Thanks in large part to her leadership, today, the Arizona Corporation Commission held a historic vote to reduce 100% carbon emissions from regulated utilities by 2050, with critical interim targets of 50% by 2032 and 75% by 2040.
After the vote, Commissioner Kennedy stated, “The climate crisis is impacting Arizonans right now. I am glad the Commission was finally able to look past partisan politics to support science and economics-based policy that stakeholders, utilities and ratepayers could all agree upon and benefit from. We cannot stop now, however. This vote is just the beginning of the important work that the Commission needs to do to address harmful climate change impacts to ratepayers and to the general public health and welfare throughout Arizona.”
About Commissioner Kennedy:
Sandra D. Kennedy was re-elected to the Corporation Commission in 2018 on a platform of restoring integrity to the Commission, lowering unjustified utility rate increases, and creating more solar and renewable energy in Arizona, especially roof top solar. Commissioner Kennedy was first elected to the Arizona Corporation Commission in 2008 on a platform of promoting solar energy in Arizona, and as a fierce consumer advocate. She started her public service when she was elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in November 1986, where she served for six years before successfully becoming a state senator in 1992. She served three terms as State Senator. Sandra was also elected to serve on the Phoenix Union High School Governing Board for a four-year term in 1990, serving concurrently with her last term in the Arizona House and her first term in the State Senate.
The Arizona Corporation Commission was established by the state’s constitution to regulate public utilities and business incorporation. The Corporation Commission is Arizona’s co-equal, fourth branch of government. The five Commissioners elected to the Corporation Commission oversee executive, legislative, and judicial proceedings on behalf of Arizonans when it comes to their water, electricity, telephone, and natural gas resources as well as the regulation of securities, pipeline, and railroad safety. To learn more about the Arizona Corporation Commission and its Commissioners, visit http://azcc.gov.