APS, Arizona Corporation Commission, utilities
May 24, 2023

Watchdog fights to protect consumers, keeps tabs on utility companies and commission that regulates them

Phoenix resident Abhay Padgaonkar has worked as a fierce consumer advocate, fighting for the rights of those who struggle to pay their utility bills and keeping tabs on utility companies and the commission that regulates them.

SRP, solar power, Flagstaff, Clēnera, CO Bar Solar, Coconino County, Arizona Game & Fish, renewable energy
Jan 20, 2023

SRP solar plant northwest of Flagstaff expected to offset 1 billion pounds of CO2 each year

Salt River Project has partnered with Clēnera, a private renewable energy company, to bring Arizona its largest solar plant by 2024. Construction of the CO Bar Solar plant will begin this year on 2,400 acres of private land northwest of Flagstaff in Coconino County.

Jan 31, 2022

Appeals court rules SRP liable for higher solar rooftop electric rates

A major Arizona utility’s can be held liable for violating antitrust laws through its policies of charging higher rates for electricity to its customers who choose to install rooftop solar panels, a federal appeals court ruled Monday. In a unanimous decision, a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected arguments by Salt […]

Feb 5, 2018

Arizona utility helps fund Ducey re-election campaign

Pinnacle West Capital Corp., parent company of Arizona Public Service, has donated $10,200 to the Ducey for Governor campaign through its political action committee.

Dec 22, 2015

Navajo Nation on track for first utility-scale solar plant

A Navajo community south of Monument Valley will be home to the tribe's first utility-scale solar plant capable of powering 7,700 homes on average.

Sep 25, 2015

APS drops bid for solar fee increase, blames “political gamesmanship”

Arizona Public Service dropped its bid to increase its solar fee today, claiming "attacks and distortions' from rooftop solar groups muddied the request to increase the fee.

Jun 17, 2015

Small Maricopa electric company cracks down on solar

A small not-for-profit utility that mostly serves the city of Maricopa cut savings for solar by reducing net metering rates and adding a monthly fee for solar customers.

May 20, 2015

Phone logs connect Corporation Commissioner to campaigns, ‘dark money’ and utility

Arizona Corporation Commissioner Bob Stump repeatedly communicated with the executive director of a “dark money” group that spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to help elect the candidates he backed, while also keeping regular contact with those candidates, their campaign manager, and a senior executive of the state’s largest utility, Arizona Public Service, according to recently released[...]

Apr 24, 2015

SE Arizona co-op joins movement to cut rooftop solar savings

Another Arizona electric co-op is proposing to reduce savings rooftop solar customers enjoy by dropping the rate it pays users for excess power generated by solar panels, joining a handful of proposals from other utilities.