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AIC Briefs

AIC Testimony in Cost/Value of Solar Docket
Tuesday, 23 February 2016

AIC Surrebuttal in UNS Case
Tuesday, 23 February 2016

AIC Letter Supporting CenturyLink
Tuesday, 02 February 2016

AIC'S Oppostiion to AURA's Motion to Extend Procedural Schedule
Thursday, 28 January 2016

AIC Amicus Brief to AZ Supreme Court re: RUCO v ACC
Tuesday, 15 December 2015

AIC Testimony in UNS Electric Rate Case
Wednesday, 9 December 2015

AIC Legal Memo Response to TASC
Friday, 02 October 2015

Deregulation Responsive Comments
Thursday, 17 October 2013

Deregulation Comments
Wednesday, 9 October 2013


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APS’s Work to Harden the Grid Keeps the Lights On
APS’s Work to Harden the Grid Keeps the Lights On

PHOENIX – Arizona is more than halfway through monsoon season 2016, and the work APS performed in the offseason to harden its power grid has helped to keep the lights on for customers across the state.

APS manages 35,000 square miles – the sixth-largest service territory in the country. With more than half a million power poles, 6,500 miles of transmission power lines, and more than 28,000 miles of distribution lines to serve customers, APS looks for ways to safeguard its equipment to continue providing reliable electric service – no matter what Mother Nature sends our way.

2016 ACC Debate Video



On July 20, 2016, seven candidates for the Office of Corporation Commissioner (5 Republicans; 2 Democrats) met at Rio Salado College Conference Center to field questions on their views of major issues confronting Arizona utilities and how they would undertake the responsibilities of regulating them if elected. Three of these candidates will be elected in the November general election to serve a 4-year term on the 5-member ACC.

2016 ACC Candidates Respond to Questionnaire

ACC2016 ACC Candidates Respond to Questions

AIC recently asked the seven candidates running for the ACC to tell us about their views on several issues facing regulation of energy, water and telecommunications utilities in Arizona.  In our request to the candidates, we told them we would post their written responses (un-edited) to the seven questions on the AIC website. 

Here are their questions and their responses:

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TEP Customers Can Report Outages, Pay Bills and Check Usage With New App
TEP BlastTEP Customers Can Report Outages, Pay Bills and Check Usage With New App

TUCSON, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Tucson Electric Power (TEP) has launched a new mobile app that will notify customers about power outages at their homes or businesses, allow them to make payments and inform them about their energy usage patterns.

The app is designed for ease of use on Apple and Android devices and will provide customers with flexible, 24-hour access to account management features. Customers can download the app for free from Apple's App Store or Google Play.

Regulators Approve UNS Rate Hike, Solar Fee
Regulators Approve UNS Rate Hike, Solar Fee

By David Wichner Arizona Daily Star|  August 12, 2016


State regulators approved new rates for rural power provider UNS Electric that will increase the average home customer’s bill by about $4 a month and encourage people to switch to time-of-use rates.

The Arizona Corporation Commission also voted to impose a new monthly surcharge on customers with new rooftop solar systems, but it sidestepped for now bigger decisions on how to treat those customers.

In a case closely watched for the precedents it may set, the commission on Thursday voted to impose a new monthly charge of $1.58 on UNS customers who install their own rooftop solar systems after the new rates take effect.

The charge was cut from a proposed $5.95 charge UNS had sought in an effort to compromise on other rate changes.

High Court Clears Way for More Frequent Water Rate Increases
High Court Clears Way for More Frequent Water Rate Increases

By: Rachel Leingang August 8, 2016 , 1:15 pm 


The Arizona Supreme Court ruled today that a mechanism used by water companies to increase rates between rate cases is constitutional, vacating a Court of Appeals opinion that said the opposite.

The Arizona Court of Appeals ruled last year that the adjustment mechanism, called the system improvements benefit, approved by the Arizona Corporation Commission, didn’t meet the Arizona Constitution’s requirement for finding fair value when setting rates.

Lowering Energy Use: Designing Rates, Smart Tech are Hot Topics at Conference
Lowering Energy Use: Designing Rates, Smart Tech are Hot Topics at Conference

Elizabeth S Eaton, The Republic | 7:31 p.m. MST August 4, 2016

APSImagine you are offered two different ways to pay for a rental car.

One is a straight rate per mile. The other is a lower rate per mile, unless you like to drive fast. Which is the best fit for your lifestyle?

Lon Huber, the director of Strategen Consulting, LLC, used rental-car rates as a metaphor for how energy companies determine rates for their customers.

Time-of-use is like being charged 10 cents per mile driven, Huber said.

Attorney Hired to Investigate “Uneven Influence” in Electricity Regulation
Attorney Hired to Investigate “Uneven Influence” in Electricity Regulation

By: Rachel LeingangAugust 2, 2016 , 1:59 pm 


A utility regulator hired an attorney to investigate the Arizona Corporation Commission to see what sorts of influences affect electricity regulation in the state.

Corporation Commissioner Bob Burns hired utility lawyer Scott Hempling to look into what factors contribute to “uneven influence or advantage” at the commission, and how that influence could affect the commission’s work and, ultimately, ratepayers.

Hempling is a utility attorney who has also appeared as an expert witness before many public utility commissions across the U.S., according to his website. He also teaches utility law at Georgetown University.

“The perception has been created that there’s an unfairness going on here. This is what we’re trying to get to the bottom of, to make sure we know what each player in the system is doing and what kind of impact that has,” Burns told the Arizona Capitol Times.


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