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Talk of an extinction level event is exaggerated

Talk of a “death spiral” for utilities or speculation about an existential threat from rooftop solar is off base, APS insists. John Hatfield, the utility’s VP of communications, told our reporter last week that the narrative about a battle pitting the utilities against rooftop solar is “compelling but false.”

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APS seeks a ‘gradual’ 320 percent solar fee hike

Less than two years after the Corp Comm approved a small monthly surcharge on residential solar, APS is back, asking energy regulators to impose a 320 percent increase in the solar fee. In its application to the commission, APS said the hike is needed because the current $5 monthly surcharge on a typical 7-kilowatt solar system does not come close to solar customers’ fair share of maintaining the electric grid.

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A crack in the pot alliance

A new group is wading into the campaign to legalize recreational marijuana, creating a fracture in the campaign to place the question on the 2016 ballot. The new group, Arizonans for Responsible Legalization, registered as a political committee with the secretary of state’s office this afternoon (March 27).

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A Faustian deal or a grand bargain

It’s no secret the Clean Elections Commission has enemies at the Capitol who have been seeking its destruction year after year, but CCEC Executive Director Tom Collins and attorney Joe Kanefield told commissioners today that there is an opportunity to reach a compromise.

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Tucson Electric wants to pay less for solar energy

Arguing that solar customers don’t pay their fair share for its service, Tucson Electric Power today asked the Corp Comm to allow it to pay less for the excess energy produced by rooftop panels, which, if approved, would cut solar customers’ savings by about 22 percent per month for a typical system.

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He is everything to everyone

Ducey seems to have managed to appease all sides of the Common Core debate in his speech yesterday to the Board of Education. Critics and supporters alike are pleased with the governor’s position, and have interpreted his remarks in ways that are most favorable to their cause, and are claiming the governor’s directives to the board as a victory.

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