Arizona Corporation Commission action supports bioenergy

By Erin Voegele | January 04, 2019

The Arizona Corporation Commission has announced a new effort to expand bioenergy production within the state. On Dec. 19, the group announced its commissioners recently voted to adopt a policy statement addressing the role of forest bioenergy in Arizona and the use of biogas and biomass as a renewable energy source.

A press release issued by the commission explains that a docket was opened in May 2017 to explore the use of wood biomass generated from public lands to create energy from the grid. Through the policy statement adopted in December, the Arizona Corporation Commission said it has given a directive to examine developing 60 MW or more biomass energy. “The affected utilities, as defined by REST rules, would be required to acquire their appropriate share of the 60 MW total as determined by a one-time allocation by the affected utilities,” the commission said in a statement.

The policy statement is applicable to electric utilities regulated by the Arizona Corporation Commission. It is not applicable, however, to the Salt River Project, municipal utilities providing electric service, or electrical districts. The commission said regulated electric utilities and non-regulated electric utilities and other interested parties are strongly encouraged to work to further the policy goals and efforts to use bioenergy in Arizona as a renewable resource.

Additional information is available on the Arizona Corporate Commission website.