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Tucson Electric Power Increases Rates, Stutters on Energy Efficiency

ArmyThe Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) has approved rate increases for Tucson Electric Power (TEP) customers that will take effect July 1. This is TEP’s first base rate increase since 2008.

TEP filed a request for new rates in July 2012. Earlier this year, TEP and ACC entered into a settlement agreement that allows TEP to recover costs of some investments. The average monthly bill of a residential customer with average usage of about 800 kWh is expected to increase by less than $4.

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3 thoughts on “Tucson Electric Power Increases Rates, Stutters on Energy Efficiency

  1. Funny how TEP says only $4 average increase. Just another Scam on all TEP Customers. Who uses only 800 KWH in the Summer here in Tucson? They cover up the fact that the rates are now Tired to increse at 500 and 100 KWH respectively. If consumers compare the old rate effects to the new Rates, they will see a net 9% rate increase. That is enormous for Tucson Residential customers. Where else can you see a 9% increase? Have your wages gone up that much? Can you get 9% on your savings anywhere? Yet, those we elect to protect our interests as consumers, the Arizona Corporate Commission, has allowed this huge increase to impact Tucson even though many of us fought against it. Next election, vote out all the current Commissioners and remember they approved the 9% increase on your bill. Finally, the rationale the ACC gave was they had to reimburse TEP for lost revenue due to customers conserving energy and reducing demand. How Bizarre! Save energy and pay more is the message the ACC sends out. So why conserve?

  2. I saw the base $4 increase in my monthly bill. I just wanted people to know that those with grid-tied solar panels on their roof and a net metering agreement with TEP, like I have; are also subject to the rate increase. Thus there seems to be little ground for the complaint freqently voiced by electricity providers all across the country; that distributed solar somehow prevents them from recouping infrastructure expenses from solar-using customers. This argument has (falsely) been used recently by the Phoenix electricity provider APS, for example.

  3. I have grid-tied solar from TEP and my bill went up by nearly $7. It seems I am bearing a larger brunt of the increase than folks who haven’t invested in TEPs energy future by reducing the need for additonal generating capacity.

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