Arizona pulls rate hike request for new solar customers

PHOENIX (AP) – Arizona’s largest electricity utility is offering to
withdraw a proposed fee increase for solar customers and instead submit
to a review of the actual costs for it to serve solar customers.

Arizona Public Service Co. (APS) said in a filing with state regulators Friday
that it instead wants the results of a hearing on the actual costs of
providing power to be used when it submits an overall rate case next
year.

APS said in a statement that its fee request had been “turned into
political theater” by attacks from solar leasing companies.

Arizona Corporation Commissioners who must decide the case have been
bombarded with conflict of interest complaints since August’s decision
to consider APS’s requested “grid access charge” increase.

APS wanted the monthly solar fee boosted from $5 to $21.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press.

About The Author

Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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