David Bradley -- Arizona Corporation Commission
The Arizona Corporation Commission plays a vital role in the day to day lives of all Arizonans. As an independent body, sometimes referred to as the ‘fourth' branch of State government, its oversight of utilities is of crucial importance to individual and business rate payers. It requires an independent and fair-minded individual to evaluate and decide when rate increases are necessary and in the best interests of Arizona citizens.
The Commission must be a catalyst for Arizona growth in the research and development of new technologies in the areas of clean energy (non fossil fuel) and energy conservation and sustainability. Arizona is uniquely positioned by its year round solar exposure to be at the forefront of solar energy generation and the development of cost effective and efficient equipment to harness the Sun's limitless energy. Additionally, the Commission should provide the insight and leadership to be both a resource and an incubator for research into alternative energy resources of every kind. The Commission should be actively recruiting new corporations to come to Arizona to make it the alternative energy capital of the world.
Despite the troubling economic times that Arizona is experiencing, the future of our State will include continued growth that will result in at least a tripling of our population over the next few decades. The Commission must provide the foresight into that future to ensure that we meet our energy needs in ways that are as economically feasible, environmentally respectful and as energy efficient as possible. Our growth is inevitable and ensuring that distributive energy opportunities are exploited as much as possible and that practical plans for meeting base needs of energy production are met in a timely and read efficient manner.
The Corporation Commission is about the future but is also about providing jobs in the present particularly in the solar energy field where Arizona must be a leader. I want to be part of a Commission that partners with the clean energy industry, our colleges and universities and our utility providers to build and sustain an energy infrastructure that will meet the needs of our State for decades to come.