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APS sets carbon-neutral deadline

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Announcement marks major policy change

PHOENIX, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) - Arizona's largest electric utility says it plans to switch to 100% carbon-neutral power generation by 2050.

Wednesday's announcement by Arizona Public Service marks a major policy change. Two-years ago, APS spent $38-million to fight a ballot measure requiring utilities to get half their power from renewable sources by 2030. The initiative ultimately failed.

APS' new chairman and CEO, Jeff Guldner, says he's backing a new carbon-neutral plan because it's more flexible that the 2017 proposal.

As part of the new plan, the company will close a major New Mexico coal-fired power plant seven-years earlier than originally anticipated.

APS will continue to rely on the nation's largest nuclear power plant during its transition to renewable energy sources.

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Lisa Sturgis

Lisa Sturgis recently returned to KYMA as its Digital Content Director, but she has a long history with the Desert Southwest.


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