HOUSTON – Consumer Energy Alliance, the leading voice for sensible energy policies for families and businesses, applauds Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey for signing Arizona Bill 2686, which protects the right of the state, local communities and families to make rational, smart energy choices that will help ensure affordable, reliable and environmentally-responsible energy policy for all Arizonans.
The bill would put the state government in control of energy policy, where it belongs, and restrict municipalities across the state from banning new natural gas hookups for homes and businesses. This state action prevents the creation of a patchwork of confusing energy policy, and heads off what may be an unfortunate trend in some communities to restrict natural gas that is being pushed by anti-energy activists for whom consumer costs are immaterial.
“We support Gov. Ducey’s bold — and unfortunately necessary—move to stand up for consumers and allow households and businesses to have responsible energy choices,” Consumer Energy Alliance President David Holt said. “The overzealous fad in more than a dozen California communities and New York that seeks to ban new natural gas hookups, risks disrupting the lives and plans of consumers and businesses. Hopefully, Arizona’s action today helps put a stop to these bizarre efforts. States, families and businesses need energy choices, not unnecessary restrictions – especially when those restrictions also serve to worsen our environmental progress.”
“The U.S. is leading the world in environmental progress and reduction of emissions, largely due to use of natural gas and ongoing progress in renewable energy. Governments and industry working together to offer sensible, environmentally-positive solutions to our energy challenges are proving that we can have a sensible mix of energy sources including renewables while still keeping prices affordable and services reliable for everyone.”
About Consumer Energy Alliance
Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) is the leading consumer advocate for energy, bringing together families, farmers, small businesses, distributors, producers and manufacturers to support America’s environmentally sustainable energy future. With more than 550,000 members nationwide, our mission is to help ensure stable prices and energy security for households and businesses across the country. CEA works daily to encourage people across the nation to seek sensible, realistic and environmentally responsible solutions to meet our energy needs.