Prop. 127 will lower bills $3 dollars a month, clean up Arizona’s air, produce up to $60 million a year in health benefits, and create 16,000 good paying jobs in 2030.
Renewable energy is cheaper than the dirty fossil fuels Arizona relies on -- and unlike fossil fuels, renewable energy will never run out and will only get cheaper. Arizona is the sunniest state, but we’re wasting that resource.
Independent economists with no stake in the outcome of Prop. 127 say it will reduce electricity bills $33 per year in 2030 and $240 total between 2020 and 2030. Those aren’t big numbers—but they’re honest. Meanwhile, APS—Arizona’s biggest utility—is trying to scare us with made-up claims, because APS makes more money selling fossil fuels. All APS cares about is its profit—that’s why it keeps raising rates, despite making $488 million in profit last year.
The only way to keep electric bills in check is to make utilities use renewable energy—and defeat politicians who let APS keep raising rates.
Politicians and utility companies aren’t looking out for us—they’re only looking out for themselves.
Utility companies like APS won’t use more renewable energy on their own, because they make more money selling dirty expensive energy. If we could trust them to do it voluntarily, Arizona would already get more than 6% of its electricity from solar. Just last year, APS announced a long-term plan that included no new large scale solar plants for the next 15 years.
And the politicians don’t have our backs -- they’re in APS’s pocket, thanks to millions of dollars in campaign funding and lobbying. The Arizona Corporation Commission is supposed to regulate APS, but APS is the biggest spender in ACC races, so the ACC hasn’t strengthened the renewable energy standard since it was first implemented in 2006, even though solar costs have fallen 86% over the past 8 years.
Arizonans simply can’t rely on utility companies or politicians to do the right thing -- they’ve already shown they won't.
The politicians on the ACC have proven we can’t trust them with these decisions because they’re funded by APS – the very company they’re supposed to regulate. Over the last 4 years, APS has spent over $7 million to elect commissioners, even triggering an FBI investigation. In return, the ACC lets APS raise our rates and drag its feet on renewable energy, because APS makes more from expensive fossil fuels.
Arizona’s current renewables standard is 12 years old. Despite being America’s sunniest state, we’re falling behind. But the ACC does nothing—except approve burdensome rate increases, even though APS made $488 million in profit last year alone.
It’s a corrupt cycle: APS pays to elect the ACC. The ACC lets APS raise rates, block clean energy, and increase profits. Then APS spends those profits to elect politicians who will keep the cycle going.
If we keep leaving these decisions to the ACC, we’ll keep getting the same results: higher bills, dirtier energy, Arizona further behind.
Arizona risks everything by sticking with dirty, expensive fossil fuels that pollute our air and send our electricity costs through the roof.
Continuing to rely on dirty fossil fuels means polluting our air and water -- and that means more respiratory illnesses like asthma that hit the young, the old, and the poor particularly hard. And things will only get worse for our kids and grandkids.
Because fossil fuels are scarce, finite resources they’ll just get more expensive in coming years, so continuing to rely on them will mean higher and higher electricity bills—just what utilities like APS want.
Businesses know that renewable energy is cheaper, so they’re locating new offices, data centers, and manufacturing facilities in states that are embracing renewable energy—and Arizona will lose out on those jobs if we continue to fall behind other states.
Arizona is America’s sunniest state. Prop. 127 is our chance to take advantage of that and create a healthier, more prosperous future
Arizona voters should vote NO on Prop 127 because it will increase utility bills. This will hurt the most for those that can afford it least, including seniors, small businesses and low-income families. Experts say the typical Arizona family will pay $1,000 or more per year under Prop 127.
A statewide, bipartisan coalition of more than 100 community groups and 300 elected has come out against Prop 127.These groups include some of Arizona’s most prominent advocates for veterans, seniors, low-income communities, taxpayers, agriculture and more.
The ballot language for Prop 127 itself says its energy mandates take effect “irrespective of cost to consumers.” That means your utility rates will go up. This is also the consensus opinion of economists at ASU, the state agency charged with representing residential ratepayers (RUCO), independent analysts and every public utility in Arizona.
California instituted a 50% renewable mandate identical to Prop 127 in 2015. Since that time, California electric rates have been increasing at a rate 3X faster than the national average. Knowing that, why would Arizona follow California’s lead?
Yes, Prop 127 would be locked into the Arizona Constitution and virtually impossible to change when utility bills skyrocket and if there are other negative impacts, many which we cannot foresee at this time.
A much safer course is to have Arizona elected officials, including those at the Arizona Corporation Commission, help develop an Arizona energy plan that balances the needs of families, employers and the environment.
Arizona ranks #3 in the nation when it comes to installed solar capacity, and already has an energy mix that’s approximately 50% clean. The risk is posed by Prop 127, which would cement a series of expensive mandates into our Arizona Constitution – “irrespective of cost to consumers. Arizona isn’t California; and we’re not Nevada or Colorado, either.
Arizona families and employers deserve a plan that keeps energy clean, affordable and reliable. Prop 127 fails the test. Vote NO.