Hundreds of solar energy advocates rallied to protect their interests before the Arizona Corporation Commission approved a compromise plan to reduce a key rooftop energy incentive. The debate provided a glimpse into an obscure but powerful group of regulators and raised questions about the future of energy in the state.Read More »
In a blow to Arizona Public Service, energy regulators agreed a few minutes ago to a compromise proposal charging users of solar rooftop panels with a fixed fee of 70 cents per kilowatt.
The new charge, which will begin next year, is only a fraction of what Arizona Public Service sought – which was to reduce savings from the solar incentive by roughly half.
Arizona’s energy regulators appear to be much closer to a compromise than either wholesale approval or rejection of a proposal to reduce by half a key rooftop solar panel incentive, based on proposals they submitted to resolve the issue.Read More »
According to the federal government, fewer than 750 Arizonans have signed up for health insurance under the federal marketplace created by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.Read More »
Arizona’s energy regulators hunkered down this morning in front of an overflowing hearing room as users of solar rooftop panels urged them not to stifle the growth of residential solar in the state.Read More »
Former Arizona Corporation Commissioner Sandra Kennedy today called on Commissioner Gary Pierce to recuse himself from an upcoming vote on subsidies for rooftop solar panels, saying his ties to the energy company involved in the issue create a conflict of interest.Read More »
There isn’t necessarily a smoking gun in the campaign coordination case against Attorney General Tom Horne and Kathleen Winn, but election law experts say the circumstantial evidence against them may be enough.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 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 »