Friday, December 27, 2019

Tell TEP and ACC: Protect Tucson's Future -- We Need Clean Energy Now!

Take Action - Tucson could be a clean energy leader and bring customers affordable, clean power. But right now, Tucson Electric Power (TEP) wants to increase energy costs to prop up dirty fossil fuel plants!

If you haven't already, please, send a letter to the ACC as soon as possible. The public hearings concluded yesterday, but there is still time to submit written comments until February 14.


TEP is asking the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) for permission to increase energy costs on its customers to prop up expensive and harmful gas and coal plants.

TEP's residential customers, including low-income folks, on average, would have to pay over $90 per year more for energy that harms our communities and pollutes our environment. And despite advertising itself as a "green" company, TEP gets over 80% of its power from fossil fuels.

Instead of charging customers more to prop up its dirty, expensive coal and gas plants, TEP should be helping communities transition to clean energy, including Arizona’s potential for a rich solar economy.

We must stop all investments in coal and gas and provide clean, affordable, and local energy to Tucson. The quality of our air and the sustainability of our climate depend on it. Arizona officials must take action to keep Tucson’s electric bills low and clean up our air, including in communities where coal and gas plants are sited.

Take action below -- send a message to Arizona Corporation Commission asking them to protect TEP ratepayers, such as yourself, from fossil fuel pollution and unnecessarily high electricity prices!

Here is the direct link to the public comment form on the ACC website:

There is a place to put the docket number - TEP's rate case docket number is E-01933A-19-0028

Written public comments may be submitted by mailing a letter referencing Docket No. E-01933A-l9-0028 to Arizona Corporation Commission, Consumer Services Section, 1200 West Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ 85007, or by submitting comments on the Commission's website ( using "Cases and Open Meetings" and "Make a Public Comment in a Docket." If you require assistance, you may contact the Consumer Services Section at 602-542-4251 or 1-800-222-7000.

All documents related to this item can be found in the Corporation Commission’s online docket at and entering docket number E-01933A-19-0028.


About the ACC:

The Arizona Corporation Commission was established by the state’s constitution to regulate public utilities and business incorporation. The Corporation Commission is Arizona’s co-equal, fourth branch of government. The five Commissioners elected to the Corporation Commission oversee executive, legislative, and judicial proceedings on behalf of Arizonans when it comes to their water, electricity, telephone, and natural gas resources as well as the regulation of securities, pipeline, and railroad safety. To learn more about the Arizona Corporation Commission and its Commissioners, visit

Friday, December 13, 2019

Public Comments Needed to Protect Apache Leap

Tonto National Forest Plan Revision

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Tonto National Forest's Land and Resource Management Plan revision is out today for comments. It is another opportunity to send comments to the Forest Service to protect Apache Leap Special Management Area from the impacts of the proposed Resolution Mine.   

Sample comment:

"The Apache Leap Special Management Area persists as a special place with emphasis given to preserving the area’s natural character, allowing traditional uses by Indian tribes, and protecting and conserving the cultural and archeological resources of the area."

Each National Forest and Grassland is governed by a Land and Resource Management Plan (Forest Plan) in accordance with the National Forest Management Act (NFMA). The Tonto National Forest has a forest plan providing comprehensive management direction for resources on the National Forest System Lands. This includes plan direction for management, protection, and uses of the Forest. Monitoring conditions on the Forest ensures projects are done in accordance with plan direction and identify conditions that might require a change in the Forest Plan.

The Tonto National Forest began revising its Forest Plan in 2014 using the 2012 Planning Rule for the National Forest System. This webpage provides information on the forest plan revision process and how to get involved.

The draft land management plan (draft forest plan) and draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) documents are available for public review and comment. The Notice of Availability (NOA) was published in the Federal Register on December 13, 2019 which initiated the 90-day comment period. A legal notice was also published in Arizona Capitol Times. The planning team has worked hard to incorporate all the information received since starting the plan revision process. For more information, refer to the Draft Forest Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement Documents below. The Tonto NF will be hosting public meetings throughout the comment period to share information and gather feedback.

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