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Arizona Public Service Flips Position on Solar

Arizona Public Service, a public utility that has fought for two years against solar systems – a fight that included an anti-solar campaign at the public’s expense – has now asked for permission to install its own residential systems and pay rent for the rooftops, according to Bloomberg. Arizona Public … Read more »

Lobbyists Challenge Renewable Feed-In Tariffs

Distributed energy’s effect on the electrical grid – and on ratepayers – is coming under more scrutiny than ever. The past couple years have seen utilities becoming more vocal in pointing out the costs incurred when they pay owners of distributed renewables for feeding power into the grid. In a … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: AZ Solar Ruling, GMO Veto Override, China’s ‘Red Lines’

The Arizona Corporation Commission has agreed, 3-2, to preserve the state’s net metering system for distributed solar power but to levy a 70 cents per kW charge to help compensate utilities. That is between one-eight and one-tenth of the charge the utilities had sought. Regulators also told the utilities to … Read more »

Tucson Electric Power Increases Rates, Stutters on Energy Efficiency

The 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 … Read more »