House Bill 2005 (HB 2005) was designed to make violations of the Renewable Energy for a Healthy Arizona Amendment a civil penalty, meaning electric utilities that violate the standard would be fined between $100 to $5,000.
On March 21, 2018, the Arizona State Senate passed the bill 16-12.
On March 22, 2018, the Arizona House of Representatives approved the bill 34-24.
Governor Doug Ducey (R) signed the bill on March 23, 2018.
The measure would require electric utilities that sell electricity in Arizona to acquire electricity from a certain percentage of renewable resources each year. The amount would increase each year from 12 percent in 2020 to 50 percent in 2030 and each year thereafter.
The measure would define renewable energy to include solar, wind, biomass, certain hydropower, geothermal, and landfill gas energies.
Clean Energy for a Healthy Arizona reported filing 480,464 signatures on July 5, 2018. At least 225,963 (47.03 percent) of the filed signatures need to be valid for the initiative to make the ballot. (Ballotpedia)
Note: If the cost of noncompliance is cheaper than the cost of compliance, entities will pay the fines.