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APS waves white flag on solar fight

APS Friday dropped its bid to quadruple its solar fee and called out “political gamesmanship” by solar groups that muddied the request to increase the fee. “Unfortunately, what should have been a relatively simple decision-making process has been turned into political theater by attacks and distortions from rooftop solar leasing companies that seek to paralyze Arizona regulators,” APS said in a statement.

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New APS solar fee: Do you have $21 to spare? (access required)

New APS solar fee: Do you have $21 to spare? <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/12/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

With $21, you can buy at least two LED 60-watt light bulbs and reduce your electricity bill over time. Or visit the Phoenix Zoo for $20. Or read Jim Collins’ “Good to Great,” which sells at $17.85 on Barnes & Noble. Or take your spouse to the movies. If the Arizona Public Service had its way, however, that money would go toward paying a monthly fee – that is, if you happen to have solar panels on your rooftop.

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APS’s measured approach to rooftop solar would benefit all electricity customers (access required)

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Jeff Guldner Jeff Guldner I appreciate Pat Quinn’s service as director of the Residential Utility Consumer’s Office (RUCO), but I was surprised by his recent description of what happened when the Arizona Corporation Commission first addressed the cost shifting resulting from rooftop solar and net metering in 2013. I was also disappointed by his characterization of the current grid access charge case.

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RUCO chief: Cost shift resolution shouldn’t wait

In a clear break from his predecessor, RUCO Director David Tenney suggested that the Corp Comm immediately tackle the issue of “cost shift” associated with rooftop solar instead of waiting to handle it in a rate case, which takes a comprehensive look at issues in a judicial setting before deciding to raise utility rates.

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