Friday, September 4, 2015

Quote of the day: Corporation Commissioner slamming solar energy

Here is the story from the Daily Star/tucson.com First, some background.

An activist lawyer asked Attorney General Mark Brnovich to take legal steps to oust Susan Bitter Smith from the Arizona Corporation Commission, contending she is holding office illegally.

In a complaint filed Wednesday with Brnovich’s office, Tom Ryan said Bitter Smith’s ongoing role as a paid lobbyist for cable companies creates a direct —and he contends illegal — conflict of interest. That’s because Cox Communications, the largest cable company in Arizona, also provides telephone service that is regulated by the commission.

Ryan also said a separate firm owned by Bitter Smith and her husband, Paul Smith, does consulting work for the owner of a golf course who is trying to get Arizona Public Service to move a substation to accommodate a redesign of the course, a move opposed by homeowners who would then be nearer to the substation. APS, the state’s largest electric utility, also is regulated by the commission.

And here is the quote, a response from Commissioner Bitter Smith.

"This is part of a wider effort by a solar backed dark money group committed to forcing ratepayers in Arizona to heavily subsidize solar," she charged in a written statement.

Do you have any doubt now about what she thinks she was elected to do? And for whom? She has my vote for Arizona Public Servant.

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