- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 19, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - State utility regulators are letting Arizona Public Service pursue its higher monthly fee for new rooftop solar customers.

The Arizona Capitol Times reports (https://bit.ly/1NEOFfY) corporation commissioners voted 3-2 to let the utility provider continue seeking approval for its $21 fee before APS completely reviews all of its rates next year.

Commissioners approved a $5 monthly fee for customers who installed rooftop solar after 2013 to account for shifting grid maintenance costs.

Chairman Susan Bitter Smith and Commissioner Bob Burns voted against letting APS pursue the fee now.

Bitter Smith questioned the value of initiating a lengthy rate process ahead of APS’s June 2016 rate case filing.

APS spokesman Jim McDonald said the vote ensures transparent discussions on ways to protect the state’s solar industry leadership as well as average customers.

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Information from: Arizona Capitol Times, https://www.arizonacapitoltimes.com


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