Energy & Resources

Source: Arizona State University/The Arizona Republic Roughly 40 percent of the nation’s roads and major highways are not considered to be in good condition, and about 70,000 of U.S. bridges are structurally deficient. During the 2016 presidential campaign both candidates seized on our failing transportation infrastructure, each promising heavy investments to rebuild roads and bridges. […]

By Adam DeRose for Cronkite News A month after it announced plans to develop a new solar power plant in Gila Bend, Vasari Energy was back in November to double down on its investment, expanding the plant’s capacity to power more than 7,000 homes. It was a smart business move to bolster the company’s planned […]

By David Wichner for Arizona Daily Star Arizona regulators voted last week to scrap so-called net metering for customers with rooftop solar systems in favor of a lower “export rate,” despite the objections of solar advocates. After nearly two years of proceedings the Arizona Corporation Commission voted 4-1 to end so-called net metering, a process […]

By Alexander C. Kaufman for The Huffington Post Elon Musk late Friday debuted glass roofing shingles that generate electricity from the sun, a critical step toward merging Tesla Motors with his solar energy firm, SolarCity. At a 30-minute press conference on a movie studio lot in Los Angeles, the billionaire tech titan unveiled a suite […]

Source: CBRE Institutional owners of office buildings continued to pursue green building certifications in the 30 largest U.S. markets during 2015. Continuing an upward trend over the past decade, green certifications are now held by 11.8 percent of all surveyed buildings, representing 40.2 percent of all office space. Both figures are slightly above last year’s […]

By Mark Cowling for Casa Grande Dispatch A second in-situ copper project, similar to the one proposed in Florence, may begin operations soon in southern Arizona. The Gunnison Copper Project would be located 65 miles southeast of Tucson, between Benson and Willcox, in the Texas Canyon area. The tiny unincorporated town of Dragoon is about […]

By Emily Bregel for Arizona Daily Star A new study indicates the Vigneto development in Benson will deplete the Cienega’s water levels. An environmental group has released a study that says a massive development proposed in Benson could deplete water levels under the federally protected St. David Cienega riparian area. The study’s author points out […]