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Published on February 5th, 2014 | by Guest Contributor

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Arizona Rooftop Solar Power Under Threat From APS, Again!

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February 5th, 2014 by  

Update: Show your support for solar once more, by attending a meeting at the Arizona Corporation Commission this Thursday, February 6 at 10am at 1200 W. Washington St., Phoenix AZ 85007.

If you are unable to join in person, please email your support to the Chairman of the Commission at Stump-web@azcc.gov. As the Chairman and Commissioners to vote no to eliminating the solar distributed generation carve out.

Image Credit: TUSKWow, APS is at it again! How insane. Here’s the scoop from T.U.S.K.:

(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.) Not content with getting a tax imposed on solar  customers, Arizona Public Service is now looking to back out of promises it made to the Arizona Corporation Commission, its customers, and the people of Arizona.

APS is required to get 15% of its power from renewable energy by 2025 with 4.5% of that 15% coming from rooftop solar. However, APS has just submitted a proposal to eliminate its rooftop solar requirement and cut its overall renewable requirement to 10.5%. By comparison, neighboring states have renewable energy targets that range from 20-30%. The Arizona Corporation Commission is expected to discuss APS’ latest attempts to kill rooftop solar and customer access to it on Thursday at 10 am in the Corporation Commission hearing room.

This move by APS represents the latest in their unrelenting attempts to undermine the rooftop solar energy industry in Arizona and eliminate competition. APS has also pushed the Arizona Department of Revenue to implement a new property tax on rooftop solar customers—and they’ve succeeded.  In November, APS also convinced the Arizona Corporation Commission to implement a $5 a month tax on rooftop solar customers although the utility had been seeking ten times that amount.

APS’ consistent anti-rooftop solar actions and proposals result in the conclusion that the utility is anti-solar and anti-business, as it attempts to use government regulation and taxation to eliminate competition and extract more money from ratepayers.

T.U.S.K. (Tell Utilities Solar won’t be Killed) was formed to stand up for energy choice and solar savings.

TUSK Co-Chairman Barry Goldwater Jr. stated, “As more customers go solar APS is trying to strong arm regulators to create an anti-solar environment. This is bad for ratepayers, bad for the economy, bad for the environment, and bad for Arizona.”

To learn more about T.U.S.K. visit www.dontkillsolar.com.

T.U.S.K. believes that rooftop solar is similar to a charter school—it provides a competitive alternative to the monopoly. Monopoly utilities aren’t known for reducing costs or for driving business innovation, but the Arizona solar industry is. Solar companies have a track record of aggressive cost reduction in Arizona. The more people use rooftop solar, the less power they need to buy from the utilities. Energy independence for Arizonans means smaller profits for the utilities, so APS is doing everything it can to stop the spread of independent solar

 

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  • shecky vegas

    APS isn’t anti-business. It’s just more for APS-business.

  • Rick Kargaard

    I am not sure I understand. Did the regulation require that APS go out and solicit roof top power if enough was not offered?
    The last time I was in Arizona I was impressed by the number of solar installations that I saw. Some schools had solar arrays and different methods of harvesting solar could be seen on many homes and businesses. There were several mega projects both completed, under construction and in the planning stage.

  • David Bergeron

    Rooftop solar is under threat from perpetual bad uneconomic returns. APS is just trying to protect ratepayers from a corrupt solar industry lobby.

  • http://www.coffeecraftsandclues.com/ Des Malone

    So this is a case of a group of men who have arbitrarily decided it’s up to them what other people can and cannot do – and you all are just going to whine about it?

    Revolution.

    • http://zacharyshahan.com/ Zachary Shahan

      Ha. Revolution is what we’re trying to stimulate. Happy it triggered that response from you. :D

    • Rick Kargaard

      You just described all forms of government. I hope you are not suggesting anarchy.

    • Sage Hopkins

      I’m not going to whine. I live in Chandler and I’ve decided that I am not going to use my AC or fans this summer. It’s easy to blame utility companies and governments, but the problem is really a cultural one, since these entities get their power from people who just decide to go along with business as usual.

      Americans are just too addicted to luxuries, and they have gone so far as to confuse luxury with need. So I am going to show all of my Facebook friends that if I can survive a summer studying in my house in the Phoenix Valley, then AC is not something that anyone anywhere actually needs.

      I will continue this until I can afford to get off of the grid completely.

  • Will E

    Solar will eliminate utilities in short time from now and they know it.
    that’s why the utilities struggle to survive.
    its normal.
    Solar is a money maker for all people and the sun is shining everywhere.
    easy, clean, cheap.

    • Bob_Wallace

      I don’t think solar will eliminate utilities but it certainly will shake them up.

      A significant portion of the population will not be position to generate their own power. Electricity from wind turbines will be cheaper than generating and storing ones on solar. Solar will probably be cheaper for utilities than for individuals.

      Utilities are going to have to face some demand decrease. And they are going to have to look at owners of rooftop solar as new suppliers. They are going to have to deal with thermal plants which are no longer profitable.

      Utility companies are going to be needed, but they are going to have to change their business model.

      • brink

        Bob, you again shooting venom. I ill continue to ignore you

      • Don Osborn

        Spot on Bob

  • http://noapologyliberal.blogspot.com/ Matthew Rose

    APS got an inch, now they’re going for the full mile.

    • http://zacharyshahan.com/ Zachary Shahan

      Word.

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