More than 480,000 Arizona residents petitioned the Secretary of State for a renewable energy measure. If approved by voters on a statewide ballot, the constitutional amendment would mandate that 50 percent of Arizona's electricity come from renewable resources by the year 2030. According to the UA, about half of Arizona's total land mass is fit for passive heating from geothermal energy. Local geothermal industry groups and the Arizona State Geological Survey believe that geothermal could provide up to 33 percent of all the state's heating needs, as well as about 6 percent of its current coal-powered electricity load.
Situated in a region that receives more than 350 days of sunlight a year, the UA is uniquely suited to pioneer renewable and sustainable energy and energy policy choices. Researchers across campus already are advancing new technologies and supporting the expanded use of clean and economical renewable energy sources that will meet increasing energy demands and benefit the economy while reducing carbon emissions.