Phoenix, AZ – Governor Jan Brewer said there's more than a political reason she is the governor.
Brewer became the state's chief executive in January after Janet Napolitano quit to take a job in the Obama administration. The new governor said she inherited many, many problems, notably the largest deficit on a per capita basis of any state in the nation.
Flagstaff, AZ – Over the past year dozens of wind farms and solar plants have been proposed across Arizona, and new solar panels and wind turbines are powering homes across the state. Arizona Public Radio's Daniel Kraker caught up with Kris Mayes at the Southwest Renewable Energy Conference in Flagstaff. Mayes chairs the Arizona Corporation Commission, which regulates the state's electric utilities. She says the growth in renewable energy in the southwest is being driven largely by state policy.
Flagstaff, AZ – Not too long ago homeowners wanting to save money and shrink their carbon footprint installed solar panels. Now small wind turbines are sprouting up all over the country. More and more people are buying wind turbines as federal and state tax credits make them more economical. And northern Arizona has become a center for the small wind industry. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales has the latest installment of KNAU's week-long series "Going Green."
Tuba City, AZ – On the Navajo Nation, nearly 20,000 households still live without electricity. And small scale solar and wind systems are often their only option. Arizona Public Radio's Daniel Kraker looks at a Navajo program trying to power the remote corners of the reservation.