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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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Safe, Reliable Electric Service Requires Fair Rates for Everyone
Safe, Reliable Electric Service Requires Fair Rates for Everyone

By Scott Northrup Special to the Arizona Daily Star | tucson.com July 11, 2016

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During Tucson’s summer monsoons, Tucson Electric Power crews work long hours in difficult conditions to maintain and restore safe, reliable power. It’s a difficult job, but we take pride in providing a service that’s critical to the lives and livelihood of everyone in our community.

We know most people appreciate our efforts and recognize the remarkable value of reliable electricity, a service that costs most TEP customers just a few dollars a day.

But the rooftop solar industry says the service our local employees work so hard to provide should be available for next to nothing to anyone who installs solar panels. If they get their way, the rest of our customers — including our most vulnerable local residents — will be stuck paying more.

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Lockwood Named Arizona Science Center Board Chairman
Lockwood Named Arizona Science Center Board Chairman

Scottsdale Independent | scottsdaleindependent.com Jun 30th, 2016

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According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, women hold fewer than 25 percent of STEM jobs. As the new chairman of the board for Arizona Science Center, Barbara Lockwood hopes to change that statistic, by inspiring young women and girls with her leadership.

When asked how she plans to inspire Arizona young women and girls to explore a STEM career path, she says “It’s all about seeing a real life example… about encouraging women to step out and have confidence in their ability to make a difference in the world through science.”

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SRP Board OKs $27 Million Price Decrease During Summer Peak
SRP Board OKs $27 Million Price Decrease During Summer Peak

Scottsdale Independent, Jun 28th, 2016

SRP’s Board of Directors has approved an overall average 3.7 percent decrease in electricity prices for the two hottest months of this year.

The decrease will save the typical residential customer about $7.60 per month, or about a combined $15.20 for the July and August billing cycles, according to a press release.

SRP’s publicly elected board made the decision during a special meeting June 23.

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As Crises Grow for Rural AZ's Small Water Companies, Corporation Commission Pushes Emergency Aid
As Crises Grow for Rural AZ's Small Water Companies, Corporation Commission Pushes Emergency Aid

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randazzo-ryan Ryan Randazzo, The Republic | azcentral.com 5:01 a.m. MST June 25, 2016

well2Arizona utility regulators took the first steps Friday toward making it easier to help small water companies facing a crisis, including appointing new company leadership if needed.

The Arizona Corporation Commission regulates 256 water companies in the state, and 18 of them have faced emergencies in the past decade. Five of them have run into supply crises so far this year, including from arsenic and uranium contamination, and one event where taps went dry for nearly a week for about 28 residents.

Most of the small water companies serve rural areas. Large municipalities such as the city of Phoenix run their own water operations and are not served by small water companies, but communities such as Tacna, Anthem and Sanders often rely on small water operations.

The five elected commissioners on Friday began passing resolutions designed to help keep customers' taps flowing in such emergencies, though their work on the subject will continue at another meeting Sept. 8.

Chairman Doug Little called it a "historic day," as the commission has grappled with small-water-company troubles for about 18 years.

Commissioner Andy Tobin submitted proposals on behalf of a state working group. The group includes about 50 water companies, and the proposals would allow faster rate hikes, interim managers to take over in emergencies and grants for needed repairs, among other ideas.

After several amendments, the commissioners voted 5-0 in favor of proposals from Tobin and Little.

'This is a historic reform here'

A group called the Water Utilities Association of Arizona representing about 50 water companies also filed policy suggestions. The group's representative, Paul Walker, said the reforms are intended to give the companies stability.

Following the Friday vote, Walker said the changes would alter the industry in Arizona, attract investment to the state, and serve as a national model for utility regulation.

"This is a historic reform here," Walker said. "This will lead to significant decreases in rate-case expenses. I just wanted to say on behalf of the industry, you all are to be incredibly commended for what you have achieved."

The problems for small water companies are expected to get worse, especially if Arizona's allotment of Colorado River water is reduced in the next few years as anticipated.

The commissioners first discussed the emergency measures in May, but put off a decision until this month's meeting.

'We have people who are out of water'

Little decided to put off the vote until this month's meeting, which drew a strong rebuke from Tobin, who has frequently complained about procedures at the commission since being appointed to a vacant seat by Gov. Doug Ducey.

"This isn't rocket science," Tobin said last month. "We have people who are out of water."

The commissioners also heard last month from Doug Dunham, representing the Arizona Department of Water Resources.

Arizona's then-Gov. Jane Hull declared a drought in the state in 1999, which was reissued by then-Gov. Jan Brewer, meaning the state's drought is 17 years old, Dunham said. He said the state is not facing "an immediate crisis," but that demand is predicted to outpace water supply in the next 25 years.

He said the only solution would be a major water-importation project, likely from ocean desalinization, and likely from Mexico, not California.

If the water level in Lake Mead continues to drop, Arizona's allocation of water from the Colorado River will be reduced in the next two years, he said. But conservation efforts today can mitigate how that affects the state.

 
SRP Rate Decrease will Save Arizona Customers about $15 this Summer
SRP Rate Decrease will Save Arizona Customers about $15 this Summer

randazzo-ryan Ryan Randazzo, The Republic | azcentral.com 2:22 p.m. MST June 23, 2016

srpdecreaseSalt River Project residential customers will save about $15 on their bills over the next two months thanks to a rate decrease that the public utility's board of directors approved Tuesday.

The board voted to decrease rates by 3.7 percent during the hottest summer months, which will save the average household $7.60 in July and August.

The low price of natural gas burned in power plants is largely behind the rate decrease. SRP passes the cost of power-plant fuel directly to customers, and adjusts the rates as needed when prices move.

All told, the utility is returning $27 million to customers in the next two months, and $20 million of that is through the charge for power-plant fuel.

The other $7 million in rate reductions is in order because SRP is meeting its renewable-energy and energy-efficiency goals at a lower cost than previously projected, officials said.

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Pinnacle West Declares Quarterly Dividend
Pinnacle West News
Pinnacle West Declares Quarterly Dividend

PHOENIX – Pinnacle West Capital Corporation’s (NYSE: PNW) Board of Directors today declared a quarterly dividend of $0.625 per share of common stock, payable on September 1, 2016, to shareholders of record on August 1, 2016.

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Tesla Dangles $2.8B to Bring SolarCity into its Orbit
Tesla Dangles $2.8B to Bring SolarCity into its Orbit

By Associated Press | updated June 22, 2016 | ktar.com

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Electric car maker Tesla Motors wants to buy solar panel maker SolarCity for up to $2.8 billion in an attempt to create a one-stop shop for cleaner energy as consumers become more concerned about fossil fuels harming the environment.

The all-stock bid announced Tuesday values SolarCity Corp. at $26.50 to $28.50 per share, depending on a review of the company’s books.

SolarCity’s stock surged $3.31, or 16 percent, to $24.50 in after-hours trading following the announcement of the deal.

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Tesla to Make Offer on SolarCity
Tesla to Make Offer on SolarCity

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randazzo-ryan Ryan Randazzo, The Republic | azcentral.com 3:46 p.m. MST June 21, 2016

Electric-car maker Tesla Motors Inc. offered Tuesday to buy SolarCity Corp., the biggest rooftop solar installer in the country.

Tesla made the announcement regarding the two California-based companies Tuesday on its website, calling the deal "the complete picture." The announcement envisions consumers driving electric vehicles and using Tesla batteries to consume solar energy at home more efficiently.

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