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Arizona's biggest utility vows all clean power by 2050

Posted at 7:19 AM, Jan 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-22 14:45:26-05

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona's largest electric utility says it plans to switch to 100% carbon-neutral power generation by 2050. Wednesday's announcement marks a sharp turnaround by Arizona Public Service.

It spent $38 million two years ago to fight a ballot proposal that required utilities to get half their power from renewable sources by 2030.

The utility's chairman and CEO says the plan is different than the defeated ballot measure because it's flexible.

The company will close a major New Mexico coal-fired power plant seven years early but rely on the nation's largest nuclear power plant. The Sierra Club's Grand Canyon Chapter calls it “a good start."