An advocacy group for rooftop solar companies told Arizona utility regulators today that it has spent $336,000 fighting the state’s largest utility provider over an incentive that has led to explosive growth for the solar industry in Arizona.Read More »
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As of September 30, Arizona Public Service’s parent organization had spent $9 million - more than every 2010 gubernatorial campaign combined - in the fight over Arizona’s solar incentives and deregulation of the utility market, according to the company’s most recent earnings report.Read More »
Arizona’s Residential Utility Consumer Office today recommended Arizona’s utility regulators to reduce solar “net metering” incentives by a fraction of what the state’s largest utility has sought in recent months.
Instead of cutting the monthly savings of solar net metering customers in half, or by around $75 each month, as Arizona Public Service has asked the state’s energy regulators to allow, RUCO suggested a more modest savings reduction of about $7 per solar panel user.
Arizona Corporation Commissioner Bob Burns said today he’s “troubled” by the vicious public relations war waged by Arizona’s largest utility provider and the solar industry over future rooftop solar incentives.
He wants an accounting of the money that’s been spent so far to see whether customers have been paying for the fight. If so, it could be a violation of the utility’s last rate case settlement.
The American Civil Liberties Union will once more square off against Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montogomery in court over his efforts to stymie the state’s medical marijuana law – this time over pot candies, sodas and balms.Read More »
The fight over Arizona’s solar industry spilled into the streets Wednesday as a group of about 40 retirees protested in front of the headquarters of Arizona Public Service, criticizing the utility for asking state regulators to reduce rooftop solar incentives.Read More »
Despite not officially announcing as a candidate, Vernon Parker led the GOP field in Arizona’s 9th Congressional District primary fundraising.Read More »
Experts say Corp. Comm. needs to dig deeper into cybersecurity threats
Hollywood might make them look easy, or give a false impression about how frequently they happen. But malicious cybersecurity threats to utilities are real, and the Arizona Corporation Commission should adapt to that reality, cyber security experts said Oct. 3.
The staff of the Arizona Corporation Commission is recommending against any immediate reduction in solar incentives for customers of the state’s largest electric utility.
A report issued late Monday urges the commission to deny the July request from Arizona Public Service Co. to reduce by 30 to 60 percent the incentives offered to customers who opt for solar panel use.
Penny Raye Murphy, wife to Sen. Rick Murphy, has sued for divorce in Maricopa County Superior Court.Read More »