Forum for Candidates for AZ Corporation Commission – League of Women Voters – Oct 4
at Temple Emanu-El, 225 N Country Club Road, Tucson AZ
Sustainable Tucson October Meeting
Please note special time and location for this month’s
Sustainable Tucson meeting,
Temple Emanu-El, 225 N Country Club Road, Tucson AZ
Thursday, October 4, 2012, 6:30 PM
Doors open at 6:15 pm
Forum for Candidates
for AZ Corporation Commission
All Candidates Have Been Invited
Utility Regulation • Power Lines
Business Regulation • Investment Fraud
Railway Safety • Energy Generation
Your questions for the candidates may also be submitted online here!
Please comment on this post before October 4.
the League of Women Voters of Greater Tucson,
AAUW (American Association of University Women),
Temple Emanu-El, and Sustainable Tucson
About the Arizona Corporation Commission and its roles and responsibilities
The Arizona Corporation Commission is a key independent arm of state government presided over by five elected commissioners. Only 7 states have constitutionally formed Commissions. Arizona is one of only 13 states with elected Commissioners. In the 37 other states, Commissioners are appointed by either the governor or the legislature.
In most states, the Commission is known as the Public Service Commission or the Public Utility Commission. The Arizona Commission, however, has responsibilities that go beyond traditional public utilities regulation. These additional roles include facilitating the incorporation of businesses and organizations, securities regulation and railroad/pipeline safety.
Regulation of public service utilities including electricity, gas, sewer, water, and telephone remains the most important role, especially in the case of electricity and Arizona’s efforts to transition away from fossil-fuel burning power plants to clean, renewable energy sources. Republicans are attempting to reverse course on these efforts while Democrats are in favor of expanding the state’s Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard which applies to regulated power companies.