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Glen Canyon Recreation Area Lake Powell
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has signed off on a preliminary permit for a project to create electricity with pumped water in northern Arizona.
Feb. 22, 2021
person washing their hands
Seven Valley cities have decided to restart the process of shutting off water service for residents who don’t pay their bills. Most have not been doing it during the pandemic. The Arizona Republic found that more than 50,000 residents and businesses were behind on their bills as of the beginning of this year.
Feb. 5, 2021
Navajo Tribal Utility Authority workers install electric lines
Hundreds of homes have been wired for electricity since the Navajo Nation authorized use of $110 million in CARES Act funding last fall. Workers have brought electricity to 713 homes so far through the project, exceeding the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority's initial goal of 510 homes.
Jan. 2, 2021
water on the Hopi Reservation
Clean water is one of the basic tools of human survival, and a huge percentage of us have easy access to it whenever we want. That hasn’t applied to members of the Hopi Tribe, many of whom have to drive miles to wells and then load up their vehicles to bring the water back home.
Dec. 15, 2020
Heather van Blokland
#AZNumbers is a weekly segment featuring thoughts and insight into Arizona's economic news. This week's number: 11. Listen to the KJZZ business block with Heather van Blokland weekdays at 6 p.m. on 91.5 FM or stream it on KJZZ.org.
Dec. 11, 2020
KJZZ logo generic card
The interim manager for the East Valley water and sewage treatment company Johnson Utilities told the Arizona Corporation Commission that water pressure and supply has been increased for customers, but issues related to wastewater treatment continue.
Nov. 9, 2020
Navajo Generating Station
Arizona's largest utility APS announced a $127 million cash commitment to the Navajo Nation over the next 10 years. The money is meant to provide transitional support to communities affected by the closure and environmental effects of the coal-fired Navajo Generating Station.
Nov. 8, 2020
P&M
The Navajo Tribal Utility Authority is using CARES Act funds to extend electricity to 510 families — and so far it has reached more than half its goal. In a report given to the tribal president and vice president on Monday, 335 families have now been connected.
Nov. 4, 2020
solar panels
Last week, the Arizona Corporation Commission approved changes to the state’s renewable energy standards. Arizona’s public electric utilities will have to get half of their energy from carbon-free sources, like solar and nuclear energy, by 2035 — and all of it by 2050.
Nov. 2, 2020
SRP electricity meter
This summer was the hottest ever recorded in Phoenix and also one of the driest. That led to high demand for water and electricity.
Oct. 26, 2020
Javier Corral
A 1940s water agreement between Mexico and the U.S. recently ignited a protest by farmworkers in a Mexican border state southeast of Arizona. But despite the controversy, the Mexican government is saying the deal has been settled.
Oct. 22, 2020
aps building
A power outage briefly affected business and residential areas in downtown Phoenix on Wednesday afternoon.
Oct. 21, 2020
Heather van Blokland
#AZNumbers is a weekly segment featuring thoughts and insight into Arizona's economic news. This week's number: 15.1. Listen to the KJZZ business block with Heather van Blokland weekdays at 6 p.m. on 91.5 FM or stream it on KJZZ.org.
Oct. 9, 2020
EPCOR Water
EPCOR Water Arizona has reached an agreement to acquire the troubled East Valley water and sewage treatment company Johnson Utilities.
Oct. 6, 2020
Arizona Corporation Commission building
The candidates running for the Arizona Corporation Commission debated Wednesday night trying to differentiate themselves in a race for three open seats.
Oct. 1, 2020
Arizona Corporation Commission building
Last week, there was another false start at the Arizona Corporation Commission on proposed changes to the state’s renewable energy standards. The commissioners could not agree on whether to focus on reducing carbon or actually mandating renewable sources. Now, they’ll have to revisit the matter next month — maybe.
Sep. 29, 2020
Some Cox internet customers are experiencing outages due to an APS power pole that caught fire near Third Street and Bell Road.
Some Cox internet customers are experiencing outages, due to an APS power pole that caught fire near Third Street and Bell Road on Wednesday.
Sep. 24, 2020
SRP electricity meter
Salt River Project has announced it won’t disconnect utility services for some limited-income customers through the end of this year in response to COVID-19 hardships.
Sep. 23, 2020
sign for the town of Queen Creek
The Arizona Corporation Commission heard an update from the interim manager of a beleaguered East Valley water provider on Tuesday. The commission heard several plans on how interim manager EPCOR and individual stakeholders hope to increase capacity for Johnson Utilities.
Sep. 22, 2020
Hermosillo pepenadores
In many parts of Mexico, some make their living by collecting recyclable materials from landfills. In the Sonoran capital Hermosillo, they also play a key role in the city’s very young recycling program, a role they had to fight for.
Sep. 17, 2020

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