Current Utility News
Current News

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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UES Warns Customers to Beware of Ongoing Scam Phone Calls
UES Warns Customers to Beware of Ongoing Scam Phone Calls

KINGMAN, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- UniSource Energy Services (UES) is reminding customers to protect themselves from phone scammers who try to solicit payments by claiming to work for UES and threatening to disconnect service for unpaid bills.

Some UES customers recently have reported receiving such calls. The callers instruct customers to make payment over the phone with a pre-paid money card within a limited amount of time to avoid having their power or natural gas shut off. In some cases, the caller instructs customers to bring a money order or cashier’s check to a local pharmacy.

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.

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.

Pinnacle West Reports 2016 Second-Quarter Results
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Pinnacle West Reports 2016 Second-Quarter Results

• Hotter-than-normal weather positively impacted quarterly results
• Residential sales and customer growth improved as Arizona’s economy keeps expanding
• Investments in planned fossil power plant maintenance and higher benefit costs contributed to increased O&M expenses versus a year ago
• Full-year 2016 earnings guidance maintained

PhoenixAugust 2, 2016 – Pinnacle West Capital Corp. (NYSE: PNW) today reported consolidated net income attributable to common shareholders of $121.3 million, or $1.08 per diluted share of common stock, for the quarter ended June 30, 2016. This result compares with earnings of $122.9 million, or $1.10 per share, in the same 2015 period.

Trico Proposing Higher Base Charge, Solar Payback Cuts
Trico Proposing Higher Base Charge, Solar Payback Cuts

By David Wichner Arizona Daily Star Updated Jul 16, 2016 


A proposed settlement filed in Trico Electric Cooperative’s pending rate case would add an estimated $2 per month to the average home bill, by boosting its basic monthly charges 60 percent to $24 while lowering usage-based energy charges.

The proposal by Trico and the staff of the Arizona Corporation Commission would also cut the rate at which customers with new rooftop solar-energy systems are reimbursed for the excess power their systems produce.

The settlement also would add to all residential and small-business customer bills a so-called “demand rate” — based on the customer’s highest monthly usage — though the rate for that charge would be zero.

The Arizona Corporation Commission will hold a meeting Tuesday in Tucson to gather public comment on the proposed Trico settlement, which the full Corporation Commission is expected to consider for approval in August. No other parties to the case have signed onto the settlement.

SRP, APS Score Well in Satisfaction Survey
SRP, APS Score Well in Satisfaction Survey

wiles-russ Russ Wiles, The Republic | 3:33 p.m. MST July 13, 2016

aSalt River Project and Arizona Public Service both received above-average satisfaction scores from customers in the latest annual survey by J.D. Power.

SRP had the top score of 730 among 13 large power utilities in the West. APS placed fifth with a score of 691, slightly above the regional average of 684 on J.D. Power's 1,000-point scale. SRP had the top score among large Western electric utilities for the 15th consecutive year.

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