Why NGS is Important to Southern Arizona

Why NGS is Important to Southern Arizona

On April 13th I was called to testify at the Congressional House Energy and Natural Resources Oversight Committee hearing regarding, “The Benefits of the Navajo Generating Station to Local Economies.” The hearing provided an opportunity to give southern Arizona a voice at the table, quite literally, to speak on the importance of long-range electric generation capability and capacity. One might ask, why is a northern Arizona power plant, Navajo Generating Station (NGS), important to southern Arizona, what’s the connection? The answer is more complicated than …

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Move to Save Jobs & Protect Our Power Grid

Move to Save Jobs & Protect Our Power Grid

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Representative Mark Finchem (R-11) has been requested to appear in Washington, D.C. to testify on the adverse effects that closing the Navajo Generating Station (NGS) would have on Arizona. The House Natural Resources Committee, Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources will hold an oversight hearing titled, “The Benefits of the Navajo Generating Station to Local Economies.”

For over a year, Representative Finchem, along with Senators Steve Smith (LD-11), Judy Burges (LD-24) and Sonny Borelli (LD-5), has worked diligently to find solutions that …

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Report from the Capitol: 22 March 2018

Report from the Capitol: 22 March 2018

HB2158: I’ve received a number of emails and calls about the SB1390/HB2158 package to extend the Prop 301 Sales Tax for Education. I share the concern about education funding and the teacher shortage. I am inclined to support the proposed SB1390/HB2158 additional rate package. I have also done a good bit of research on the matter of unfilled teacher job opportunities. What I have found is something that most people in the educator ranks are not talking about. The Arizona Tax Research Association (ATRA, 2018) …

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Report from the Capitol: 7 March 2018

Report from the Capitol: 7 March 2018

HB-2003, the bill to eliminate transaction privilege tax (TPT) on coal used to generate electricity to our growing population passed out of the House on a party-line vote. While we see a move to on-demand electric generation, we also see that a 100% renewable electric generation world is not attainable. This bill contributes to the effort to keep Navajo Generating Station (NGS) operating, and baseload power flowing to our homes and businesses. NGS was commissioned by Congress to replace hydro-power dams and has a planned …

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Report from the Capitol: 23 February 2018

It was a very busy week, with many House bills passing through the process and going over to the Senate for hearings and approval. A summary of the activity and what it means is below.

HB-2203, a bill to empower the State Forester to care for our watersheds as well as our forests may seem like an expansion of authority, but it is not. It is a more accurate description of what the State Forester is already doing. This is a move to prevent the potential …

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Why Does NGS Matter?

Why Does NGS Matter?

The Navajo Generating Station (NGS) is an important component in the generation of what is called “base-load” electricity.  Base-load is that electricity generated when the wind isn’t blowing and the sun isn’t shining.  It is the energy that is always at the ready when we have hot summers and want the air conditioning on, that keeps our manufacturers manufacturing, and it is that energy that pushes water uphill in Arizona.

The article below is reprinted from the Navajo-Hopi Observer, link at the bottom.

The coal-fired Navajo …

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Endorsements a Vote of Confidence

Endorsements a Vote of Confidence

As endorsements mount for my re-election I am given pause to consider that my positions reflect the concerns, wishes and priorities of the LD-11 constituency.  I’ve learned of the following endorsements over the last few weeks giving me encouragement that the cultural values I stand for align well with what my constituents want done.

Job Creator endorsements:

Southern Arizona Home Builders Association (SAHBA),
National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB),
Arizona Mining Association (AMA)
Arizona Trucking Association (ATA)

Public Safety endorsements:

Arizona State Lodge of he Fraternal Order of Police (AZFOP)
Arizona Police Officers …

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52 nd Legislature Mid-Point Update

52 nd Legislature Mid-Point Update

As the 52nd Session of the Arizona Legislature opened on January 12th, 2015 we were faced with a budget deficit of over $1.1 Billion, a State Constitutional requirement balance the Arizona budget, a Voter mandate to repeal & replace Common Core, improve border security & public safety, and refurbish our Infrastructure. Each of these is a component to attracting well paying JOB CREATORS who will through their employment of our residents help them create wealth, sustain an enjoyable standard of living and have something to …

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EPA’s Clean Power Plan will raise energy prices by 45%

EPA’s Clean Power Plan will raise energy prices by 45%

No this is not fear mongering, it is fact as reported by multiple sources.  The EPA has been taking comments on their new regulations and the comment period ends this weekend on November 31. The EPA “Clean Power Plan” creates the appearance of a problem to solve, then proposes a solution that will put Arizona infrastructure at risk and destroy family budgets. The EPA Clean Power plan (carbon rules) are a massive cost addition in to consumers already stressed daily living expenses.

The questionable rules will raise …

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International Tension Has Impact Here

International Tension Has Impact Here

This article is reprinted in it’s entirety from www.OathKeepers.org to help others understand that now is the time to ask are you adequately prepared to experience a local, national or even international catastrophe?  Plan B should always be a part of your consideration because none of us know when a disaster will occur.

Written by Brandon Smith at Alt-Maket.com

With the Crimea referendum passed and Russia ready to annex the region, the United States and the European Union have threatened sanctions. The full extent of these sanctions …

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