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Gov. Ducey signs bill to buck clean energy plan

Posted: 11:18 PM, Mar 23, 2018
Updated: 2018-03-24 05:18:16Z

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has signed a new law allowing electric utilities to sidestep proposed requirements that they get more electricity from renewable energy.

The law Ducey signed Friday will essentially nullify proposed ballot initiative that's backed by Clean Energy for a Healthy Arizona. The group on Friday vowed to fight on, saying the initiative should be put to voters.

A spokeswoman for Ducey said in a statement that the governor's goal is to protect Arizonans from skyrocketing electric bills.

The law Ducey signed would set the penalty for violating any new standards as low as a $100 fine. The ballot measure would require utilities to get half their power from solar, wind or other renewables by 2030.