Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Upcoming legislative panel on Goldwater Institute policy report

With nearly double-digit rate hikes proposed in recent days, and the looming threat that “cap and trade” could dramatically increase the cost of electricity, there is no doubt Arizona needs to free entrepreneurs to generate and sell more electricity. The recent Goldwater Institute policy report Opening the Grid: How to Recharge Arizona’s Electricity System for the 21st Century, couldn’t have been published at a better time. The report calls for Arizona’s electricity system to be restructured so that electrical generation, distribution, and sales are opened up to genuine competition. Restructuring the system would result in more generation capacity, stable electric rates and robust consumer choice.

I wanted to let you know that on November 12, 2009, State Representative Lucy Mason is hosting a bipartisan legislative panel to talk about restructuring Arizona’s electricity system with the authors of our report, Professor Stanley Reynolds of the University of Arizona and Professor Andrew Kleit of Pennsylvania State University. Bill Peacock of the Texas Public Policy Foundation will also be on hand to provide his in-the-trenches perspective on Texas’s successful electricity restructuring experience. The panel is open to the public and we would be delighted to have you join us to learn more about this important issue facing Arizona. Here are the details:

Legislative Panel on Electricity Restructuring

November 12, 2009

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Arizona House of Representatives

Hearing Room 4

1700 West Washington

Phoenix, AZ

I hope to see you on the 12th.

Kind regards,

Nick Dranias

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