/ Modified may 6, 2021 8:50 p.m.

Arizona utility regulators reject 100% clean energy rules

Last minute changes caused unexpected rejection

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Arizona’s utility regulators have rejected new rules that would have required most of the state’s electricity providers to get 100% of their power from clean energy sources by 2050.

The 3-2 vote by the Arizona Corporation Commission was a surprise.

The plan was backed by the state’s major regulated utilities and was given initial approval by the commission on a 4-1 vote in November after three years of work.

Last-minute changes before Wednesday night's vote made the rules voluntary and cost the support of the commission's two Democrats. Republican Commissioner Justin Olson never backed the proposal.

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