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US (AZ): Western Growers opposes renewable energy initiative

Western Growers, representing farmers across Arizona, California and other Western states, has announced its opposition to the “Clean Energy for a Healthy Arizona” initiative. This constitutional amendment would require public utilities to acquire 50 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2030. Dave Puglia, Western Growers' executive vice president, issued the following statement:

“Although Arizona farmers are leaders in driving energy efficiency into their operations, agriculture remains an energy-intensive industry. Arizona’s family farms would bear a disproportionate share of steep electricity price increases resulting from this initiative. Based on our experiences with a similar renewable energy mandate in California, we anticipate commercial and industrial electricity costs will climb by at least 30 percent if this initiative is passed, disproportionately harming family farmers who already operate on thin margins.”

For more information:
Western Growers
T: 1-949-863-1000
F: 1-949-863-9028

Publication date: 8/9/2018