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AZ Corporation Commission adopts proposal on net metering

(Source: CBS 5 News) (Source: CBS 5 News)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

The Arizona Corporation Commission adopted a Residential Utility Consumer Office-based proposal to help resolve net metering issues, according to RUCO director Pat Quinn.

Net metering is a practice through which Arizona Public Service compensates solar customers for any energy that they send back to the grid.

APS and the solar industry are at odds over the incentives given to solar customers in their utility bills.

Since solar customers provide energy for the state's grid, they have traditionally paid less.

That was always the selling point for having solar panels installed on house roofs.

APS wants to charge solar customers the same as all energy users.

"With APS as the sole holdout, all parties including ACC staff, Commissioners, and RUCO found common ground. We are grateful for the careful, thoughtful and reasoned process all of the Commissioners applied in rendering their decision," Quinn said in a statement Friday.

Quinn said the ACC's decision Friday has the following benefits:

  • Addresses the shifting of costs between solar and non-solar customers while recognizing the value of clean solar energy.
  • Preserves the ability of residential customers to go solar.
  • Establishes a framework for ACC to closely monitor the issue and implement changes if necessary.
  • Ensures that net metering and other similar issues facing Arizona ratepayers receive proper scrutiny in Arizona Public Service Company's (APS) next rate case.

On Wednesday, solar subsidy supporters rallied outside of the commission offices, voicing their opposition to what they called a money grab by APS.

APS issued the following statement in response:

"Our intent from day one was to reform a policy that results in an unfair cost shift to non-solar customers, and to create a sustainable path to continue Arizona's solar leadership. This week, the Arizona Corporation Commission will address the issue. Our hope is that when confronted with the facts that clearly demonstrate the unfair cost burden of the current policy, the commissioners will support needed reform that benefits all of our customers."

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