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Arizona regulator proposes ambitious clean energy plan

FILE- This April 20, 2011, file photo shows some of the 30,000 solar panels that make up the Public Service Company of New Mexico's new 2-megawatt photovoltaic array in Albuquerque, N.M. Environmentalists and the Union of Concerned Scientists say New Mexico is at a crossroads and has an opportunity to adopt policies that will encourage the development of more renewable energy. They presented their case Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, for boosting the percentage of electricity that New Mexico utility customers get from renewable resources from 20 percent in 2020 to 50 percent by 2030 and more in subsequent years. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan,File)

PHOENIX — An Arizona utility regulator is proposing a bigger push for more renewable energy in the state.

On Tuesday, Arizona Corporation Commissioner Andy Tobin released his plan to have 80 percent of Arizona’s electricity come from clean energy sources by 2050.

The state’s current goal is to get to 15 percent by 2025.

Tobin’s plan includes nuclear power and biomass as clean sources, which the Arizona Capitol Times reports are not included in the current standards.

It encourages more battery storage, biomass-related fuels, energy efficiency and new infrastructure for electric vehicles.

Although his plan would likely raise costs for utility customers, Tobin argues it could help clean forests which in turn would spare firefighters and property and improve air and water quality.

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