Arizona Corporation Commission approves small rate increase, works towards equitable solar metering

Published on August 16, 2016 by Alyssa Michaud

The Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) approved minor rate increases on Friday for UNS Electric that will add approximately $4.20 to the monthly bill of 95,000 customers in Santa Cruz and Mohave Counties.

“I want to thank all the parties that participated in the development of the rate case for UNS Electric,” ACC Chairman Doug Little said. “As commissioners, we must rely on the hearing record to make our decisions. Having a record that is thorough and complete helps us in our complex decision making process. Our primary objective is to arrive at a decision that is not only fair and just, but ensures that our ratepayers receive reliable and affordable energy from their service provider.”

ACC Commissioner Bob Stump has advanced an additional rate option for current and new solar customers that would adjust the way in which they are compensated for their production.

“Instead of acting on the exhausted old accusation that we’d ‘kill solar,’ this commission gave it more life with an innovative new solar program” Stump said. “Of course, the “big lie” that the Corporation Commission is anti-solar will continue. I am confident Arizonans will reject the voices of division and cynicism. Meanwhile, I am confident commissioners will refuse to hug the shore.”

Phase two of the net-metering rate plan will remain on hold until the Value of Solar docket goes to vote, which may be as early as October.