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Energy regulators approve smaller solar surcharge

Arizona Corporation Commission Chairman Bob Stump listens during comments from the public on the proposal to change the state's solar net metering system. (Photo by Evan Wyloge/Arizona Capitol Times)

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.

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