6.21.17 Update:

Arizona Corporation Commission Updates


Three Dozen Community and Business Groups, Hundreds of Residents File Letters Opposing Suspension of Tucson Electric Power’s (TEP) Energy Efficiency Programs

  • Last week 3 dozen business, trade, and community groups and 300-plus residents filed letters with the Arizona Corporation Commission requesting action on TEP’s energy efficiency programs, many of which were recently suspended.
  • You can access their letters here and here, respectively.

Navajo Generating Station (NGS) Updates

  • Last week the owners of NGS rejected the Navajo Nation’s request for a 30-day extension of a July 1 deadline for the tribe to decide whether or not to extend the lease for NGS. See this Lake Powell News article for more information.
  • On Friday Commissioner Andy Tobin sent a letter to Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke expressing his frustrations with the NGS negotiations. He urged reconsideration of his settlement proposal; and asked that the negotiating parties return to the negotiating table. You can access his letter here.

ACC Orders Review of Johnson Utilities’ Rates and Operations

  • In the wake of bribery indictments involving former ACC Chairman Gary Pierce, the ACC voted unanimously last week to support an audit of of Johnson Utilities’ rates and operations.
  • An RFP for the audit was posted on the Commission’s website and can be accessed here. Proposals are due by June 30. Docket No. WS-02987A-17-0184 was also opened for the audit.
  • The ACC also unanimously ordered a separate inquiry into a policy change in 2013 that allowed Johnson Utilities and 27 other utilities to charge customers for the personal income taxes owed by the utility owners.

TEP Rate Case Phase 2 Schedule Update

  • The Administrative Law Judge overseeing “Phase 2” of the TEP rate case recently postponed hearings to allow for more time for settlement discussions. See this procedural order for more information.
  • The public comment session set for June 26 will still take place as originally scheduled.


Salt River Project (SRP) Updates


SolarCity Anti-trust Lawsuit Proceeds

  • Last week the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected arguments by SRP attorneys that SolarCity cannot challenge its pricing system solely because SRP is a quasi-governmental entity. See more information in this Law360 article.

Media Clips

Navajo Generating Station

Response to Indictment of Former ACC Chair Gary Pierce

Suspension of TEP Energy Efficiency Programs

Palo Verde Nuclear Plant Explosion

SolarCity Anti-Trust Lawsuit Against Salt River Project

Summer Preparedness

Energy Efficiency


Energy Storage

Departure of Tim Hogan from Arizona Center for the Law in the Public Interest



APS Rate Case
Our View: Off-peak power use a worthy goal, but difficult for some,” (Editorial) Arizona Daily Sun, April 12, 2017
Yuma Public Comment Session on APS Proposed Rate Hikes,” Maya Robnett, KAWC, April 12, 2017
With coal plant’s shaky future, many in Page look toward tourism,” Emery Cowan, Arizona Daily Sun, April 17, 2017
Tobin Addresses NGS Situation,” Mike Reilley, Lake Powell News, April 19, 2017
Pinnacle West Declares Quarterly Dividend,” Yahoo Finance, April 19, 2017

Coal-fired Generation/ Navajo Generating Station (NGS)
Battle to Save a Dying Arizona Coal Plant Heads to Washington,” Catherine Traywick, Bloomberg, April 12, 2017
Mine executive: If NGS closes, price of electricity will increase,” Staff Reports, White Mountain Independent, April 11, 2017

Energy Efficiency
Business awards earned in Southern Arizona,” Arizona Daily Star, April 11, 2017
KB Home Celebrates Family’s Savings Success in Builder’s 100,000th Energy Star® Home Business Wire,” Business Wire, April 19, 2017

Arizona Corporation Commission approves community solar agreement,” Daily Energy Insider, April 12, 2017
UniSource dedicated to clean energy: Steven H. Jacobson Solar Facility can provide electricity to 900 homes,” Hubble Ray Smith, Daily Miner, April 12, 2017
SRP program helps customers choose solar installer,” Mesa Independent, Apr 17th, 2017 ·
Intel to unveil huge solar array in Chandler,” Ryan Randazzo, Arizona Republic, April 20, 2017
Utilities experiment with big batteries in Phoenix to tackle one of solar’s major problems,” Ryan Randazzo, Arizona Republic, April 20, 2017
Arizona Utility SRP Announces Large Solar+Storage Project,” Joseph Bebon, Solar Industry Magazine, April 21, 2017