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IDEA 01

REMOVE THE DISINCENTIVE OF LOST REVENUE

The Arizona Corporation Commission adopts full rate decoupling or loss recovery mechanisms for all Arizona utilities under their jurisdiction.

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IDEA 02

REWARD UTILITIES FOR EXCEEDING ENERGY EFFICIENCY GOALS

The Arizona Corporation Commission rewards utilities with performance bonuses for meeting or exceeding energy efficiency program targets. Third party measurement and evaluation contractors report performance results directly to ACC staff.

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IDEA 03

EVALUATE EFFICIENCY MEASURES AT THE PROGRAM LEVEL

The Arizona Corporation Commission alters its cost-benefit analysis to look at all of a utility’s energy efficiency programs combined, rather than separately.

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IDEA 04

MEASURE AND REWARD HEAT ISLAND REDUCTIONS

The Arizona Corporation Commission permits utilities to count energy savings due to urban heat island reduction when calculating cost-benefit and incentives related to specific measures.

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IDEA 05

UPGRADE CABLE AND SATELLITE BOXES

The Governor’s Office of Energy Policy works with cable and satellite television providers to optimize the energy performance of set top boxes through Energy Star replacement and changes to head-end software settings.

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IDEA 06

PROVIDE ENERGY DATA IN APP-FRIENDLY FORMAT

A utility provides its residential customers the ability to download their energy usage data or share access to it with others in the standard Green Button format created by USDOE and utilities, thereby providing a scalable market to entrepreneurial software developers to create applications that help people monitor and manage their energy usage.

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IDEA 07

CREATE EFFICIENCY PROGRAMS FOR SMALLER UTILTIES

The Governor’s Office of Energy Policy or a non-profit organization offers and administers energy efficiency programs for customers of multiple small utilities in Arizona. The utilities cooperatively fund the programs through ratepayer fees.

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IDEA 08

ENACT PROPERTY ASSESSED CLEAN ENERGY (PACE) FINANCING

The Arizona State Legislature enacts PACE enabling legislation into the Arizona Revised Statutes, allowing property owners to fund energy efficiency projects on their homes and commercial buildings through a low-cost, local government loan which is repaid by a multiyear tax assessment that remains an obligation on the property rather than the property owner, regardless of sale or transfer.

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IDEA 09

PROVIDE ON-UTILITY BILL FINANCING

A utility provides, through a partnership with a lending institution, the ability for a homeowner or business owner to finance energy efficiency improvements and make payments on the loan through their monthly utility bill.

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IDEA 10

ISSUE QUALIFIED ENERGY CONSERVATION BONDS (QECBs)

A local government issues federally-qualified bonds and lends funds out to residents and businesses at low interest rates to undertake energy efficiency upgrades.

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