Friday, August 28, 2015

Net metering and the Arizona Corporation Commission

Snippets from the AZ Capitol Times guest opinion piece follow. The target is the increased rates on residential solar systems proposed by APS.

I believe many of the Arizona Corporation Commission’s recent decisions to this date surrounding net metering have done more harm than good to our local economy, to businesses like mine, and especially to low-income and middle-class families throughout the state (who would benefit the most from rooftop solar).

These commissioners were elected to represent the people of our state – NOT the utility monopoly that is APS. While I understand many of us could never match the political contributions made by such a large utility, it is not in the best interest of the people to rush a decision that could negatively affect both public perception and the fate of our state for many years to come.

In this state of sunshine, Arizona could and should be a leader in solar power and renewable energy. We should be moving forward, not back. We should be working together towards the goal of helping low-income families utilize the power of the sun to offset exorbitant power bills. We should take our time to develop meaningful policy that serves everyone’s best interests.

At the end of the day, it is the Arizona Corporation Commission’s duty to ensure economic fairness for everyone. That is what they were elected to do. Increasing these charges will have a negative effect on our economy, our people and our future.

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