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Facts and figures on rooftop solar fee proposals (access required)

Solar industry advocates protest in front of the Arizona Corporation Commission office as the energy regulating body considers slashing a key solar energy incentive. (Photo by Evan Wyloge/Arizona Capitol Times)

Utility companies across the state are asking the Arizona Corporation Commission for changes to the way they handle solar customers. Some utilities are suggesting a change to the rate they pay solar customers for excess energy produced by rooftop solar panels, while Arizona Public Service is asking to increase its fee on solar users from $5 to $21 on average each month.

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Another big fight awaits new energy regulators

The Corporation Commission today tabled a staff-driven proposal to investigate whether the renewable energy rule that requires utilities to derive an increasing portion of their power from residential solar and other distributed energy sources should be scrapped.

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