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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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TEP Customers May Be Hit with Small Fee Increase
TEP Customers May Be Hit with Small Fee Increase

By David Wichner Arizona Daily Star|tucson.com 6/14/2016

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State regulators are planning to vote on an increase in fees to Tucson Electric Power Co. customers that would allow the utility to collect $13.2 million for fixed costs it says it can’t recover through regular rates.

The change, which the Arizona Corporation Commission is slated to consider at an open meeting in Phoenix on Tuesday, would cost the typical TEP residential customer an additional 45 cents monthly starting July 1, the utility says.

The so-called “lost fixed cost recovery mechanism” is intended to reimburse TEP for estimated sales losses from energy-efficiency measures and customer-owned distributed generation like rooftop solar systems.

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Battery Surge: The Technology is Here, but 'Demand Rates' Might be Key to Promoting Them
Battery Surge: The Technology is Here, but 'Demand Rates' Might be Key to Promoting Them

randazzo-ryan Ryan Randazzo, The Republic | azcentral.com 7:02 a.m. MST June 13, 2016

THERMWhile some rooftop-solar energy advocates have opposed "demand rates" from Arizona utilities, other companies see the rates as an opportunity to launch a new market for household-battery and solar systems that benefit customers and the power grid.

The demand charges, which base monthly rates on a customer's highest hour or half-hour of use, are luring companies that sell systems allowing solar customers to store excess power for their own use in batteries that are about the size of a rifle cabinet. Tabuchi Electric of Japan and JLM Energy of California say the technology can help users lower the demand rates, as well as reduce strain on the grid.

Salt River Project began billing solar customers through demand rates more than a year ago, and Arizona Public Service Co. has applied to regulators for approval to do the same for most residential customers.

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UES to Provide Power Outage Updates on New, Mobile-Friendly Online Map
UES to Provide Power Outage Updates on New, Mobile-Friendly Online Map

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KINGMAN, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- UniSource Energy Services (UES) is unveiling a new, mobile-friendly outage map with real-time updates about local electric service interruptions.

The new outage map on uesaz.com is updated every five minutes using data collected from customer reports, field crews and equipment designed to detect service interruptions. The map shows the approximate location of electric service outages in Mohave and Santa Cruz Counties. It includes the number of customers affected, the number of customers whose service has been restored and an estimated time of restoration for those who remain without service.

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APS, SolarCity Fail to Reach Agreement Over Net Metering
APS, SolarCity Fail to Reach Agreement Over Net Metering

randazzo-ryan Ryan Randazzo, The Republic | azcentral.com 4:13 p.m. MST June 9, 2016

Yes-on-AZArizona Public Service Co. and SolarCity Corp. met one time to negotiate solar net-metering policies, and without reaching a resolution, have suspended the talks, officials said Thursday.

The companies that have been battling over solar subsidies for years agreed to negotiate in April when it looked like voters were going to get a say on the issue of net metering, the system where solar customers are paid retail credits for most of their surplus power.

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Residential Bills Would Rise by 8 Percent Under APS Rate Overhaul
Residential Bills Would Rise by 8 Percent Under APS Rate Overhaul

By: Rachel Leingang azcapitoltimes.com June 1, 2016 , 10:52 am 

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Arizona Public Service officially asked the Arizona Corporation Commission today to change the way it charges residential customers, resulting in an average monthly bill increase of about $11 and a major shift in how bills are calculated.

The utility, which has about 1.2 million customers, wants to move most residential customers from a two-part rate to a three-part rate. The current rates include fixed charges and variable volume charges.

The change means customers would be charged a certain price per kilowatt-hour for the highest average amount they use in any one-hour period during peak hours throughout the month.

The new rate design would result in an average monthly bill increase of nearly 8 percent for residential customers, from about $139 to about $150.

Businesses would see an average increase of between .4 percent and 6.14 percent, depending on the size of the business.

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APS Requests First Rate Review in Five Years
APS Requests First Rate Review in Five Years

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Proposal Enables Continued Investment in Reliability, Clean Energy, Innovation

PHOENIX – Arizona Public Service today asked the Arizona Corporation Commission for the first comprehensive review of the company’s rates in five years. 

“Our proposal moves Arizona forward with continued investments in an advanced energy grid, a cleaner energy mix and new technologies that will enable our customers to have more choices and control,” said Don Brandt, chairman, president and CEO of APS. 

If approved, the request would enable APS to:

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Liberty Utilities Works to Comply with EPA Advisory
Liberty Utilities Works to Comply with EPA Advisory

Submitted by Glenn Gullickson on Wed, 05/25/2016 westvalleyview.com

Company provides water to Litchfield Park, parts of Goodyear, Avondale

A water company that serves parts of the West Valley has told officials that two wells are offline after it was determined they failed to meet a new Environmental Protection Agency health advisory for two chemicals, according to the water utility.

The president of Liberty Utilities Arizona said one of the wells has been offline for years and water from the other well had only been used during times of peak demand.

The situation went public May 19 when the EPA notified officials in Litchfield Park, Goodyear and Avondale that chemicals known as PFOA and PFOS were in some of Liberty Utilities’ wells at a level higher than recommended by a newly established health advisory.

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Obstacles Remain to Achieving Long-Term Agreement Over Solar
Obstacles Remain to Achieving Long-Term Agreement Over Solar

By: Rachel Leingang azcapitoltimes.com  May 27, 2016 , 4:10 am 

The battle between utilities and solar companies over net metering ended in a ceasefire this year, with both sides agreeing to sit down with a mediator and try to hammer out a compromise instead of fighting it out on the ballot.

There’s a lot of history for both sides to overcome – years of attacks in the media and skirmishes at the Arizona Corporation Commission – before they can arrive at some sort of consensus.

And the two sides still have a major gulf in their views on solar and how it should be addressed in ratemaking. Solar companies like SolarCity believe solar provides a net benefit to the electrical grid. Utilities like Arizona Public Service say solar customers aren’t paying their fair share to maintain the grid and that shifts costs to non-solar customers.

Yes on AZ Solar, backed by millions from SolarCity, filed a ballot initiative on April 15 that would have preserved net metering and prohibited utilities from instituting demand charges or increasing solar fees, all tactics that utilities in the state have used to address solar.

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