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Center's Work Supports Opening of World's Largest Solar Power Plant in AZ

12/22: Thanks, in part, to the Center's untiring defense and pursuit of renewable energy in our state, construction to build the world's largest concentrating solar power plant in Gila Bend, Arizona, will begin in 2011. The company building the plant, Abengoa Solar, has a 30-year agreement to sell solar power to APS beginning in 2013. The project will create 1,700 construction jobs and over 250 permanent ones, something Arizona badly needs. The Center represented the Sierra Club's Grand Canyon Chapter in supporting Abengoa Solar's application before the Arizona Corporation Commission. The Center is also fighting a heated legal battle to allow Arizona to continue requiring energy companies like APS to obtain 15% of their power from renewable sources. Plants like this wouldn't exist without the requirement.     

Energy

State Prefers Employee Layoffs

12/16: Instead of legally funding the State Land Department, the legislature stole funds specifically set aside for public education under Arizona's Constitution and gave them to the Land Department in 2009. The Center sued and won. The judge found the legislature's actions unconstitutional and ordered the Department to cease spending the illegal funds and return all previously used funds.

Despite the Department's cry that it would have to lay off 101 of 115 employees without the illegal monies, neither the legislature nor the Department have made any attempts to obtain legal funding. On December 15, the Arizona Court of Appeals allowed the Department to continue using the illegal monies through June 30, 2011, which means nearly $15 million that rightfully belong to public education will likely never be seen again. 

Education

State Ordered to Resolve Mental Health Care Crisis

On November 29, a Tucson federal court judge ordered the state to mediate five issues raised by the Center in J.K. v. Humble that are critical to providing adequate mental health care for Arizona children.

Health Care