"The Godfather of Solar"
Bill Mundell served for nine years, 1999-2008, on the Arizona Corporation Commission. As he chaired the Commission, Arizona became one of the first states to require utilities generate a percentage of their electricity from renewable energy sources. Those early decisions laid the groundwork for the enactment of the statewide Renewable Energy Standard Tariff (REST), which was principally authored by Bill Mundell.
Bill ran for Corporation Commission in 2016, despite Pinnacle West (APS' parent company) spending up to $10 million to defeat him. Bill ran as a team with Sandra Kennedy, but narrowly lost in the primary. He still wants to return to the Commission to help Sandra Kennedy in stopping the corruption there, fighting unjustified utility rates, and promoting solar energy in Arizona.
Bill started his public service career fighting police corruption in Chandler, and later became Presiding Judge of the Chandler Municipal Court. He next served in the Arizona House of Representatives where he was appointed Chair of the House Environment Committee. When he was Chair, Bill sponsored numerous pieces of legislation protecting Arizona's environment, including the state's first recycling law, a law preventing Arizona from becoming the nation's dumping ground for hazardous waste, a law prohibiting landfills in river bottoms, and a law protecting the Phoenix Mountain Preserves. He then served for nine years on the Arizona Corporation Commission.
Prior to the Commission, Bill served as Chair of the House Environment Committee in the Arizona legislature. During his tenure, Bill wrote numerous laws protecting Arizona's environment, including a law preventing Arizona from becoming the nation’s dumping ground for hazardous waste and laws protecting our native plants, our rivers and the Phoenix Mountain Preserves.
Bill is familiar with the processes and workings of the Corporation Commission, and can work swiftly and efficiently. He also wants to increase the statewide Renewable Energy Standard Tariff to 100% by 2050.