APS is currently asking for higher residential electric costs, nearly doubling of the fixed charge portion of monthly Basic rate plan electric bills for new customers .
AARP is hosting a telephone town hall on Monday March 20th at 10:05 am (Arizona Time) to raise awareness of this APS rate increase proposal and to help you learn more about what the APS proposal may mean for residential ratepayers. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE TELE TOWN HALL MONDAY, MARCH 20th AT 10:05am (Arizona Time).
We also encourage you to attend and speak out at the Arizona Corporation Commission public comment meeting being held in Phoenix by our state utility regulators, the Arizona Corporation Commission. These meetings are being held so the Corporation Commissioners can hear from you! The Corporation Commissioners are the actual decision makers on the APS request. These meetings are your chance to tell the actual elected decision makers how you think they should vote on APS’ proposal!
The Corporation Commission’s public comment session will be held, Wednesday March 22, beginning at 10:00am in Phoenix at the Arizona Corporation Commission Building, 1200 W Washington St. If you aren’t able to attend, please make sure you voice your concern by emailing the ACC.
Here are some major changes proposed by APS.
First, APS has asked the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) to allow them to increase the fixed “basic service charge” as high as $15 to the monthly bills for new customers on a Basic rate billing plan. “New” customers include those who move to a new address. (Customers that use more than 1,000 KWh would pay a $20 fixed charge monthly on the Basic Rate plan). The Basic Rate plan is not the time-of-use plan.
The “basic service charge” is the potion of the monthly bill you owe even before you flip a light switch. APS wants to raise the basic service charge on the Basic Rate plan for many up to $15 a month – that’s an 87.5% increase.
A second major change proposed is to force new residential customers to choose their favored rate option for a 90-day waiting period before customers could switch to a Basic flat rate. That means new customers would have to sign up for either a demand charge or a time of use plan for the first 90 days before they could switch to another plan. AARP opposes forcing customers into one plan or another – even for 90 days.
Third, a Time-Of-Use on-peak period of 3:00 to 8:00 pm. AARP advocated for a more customer-friendly TOU rate with an on-peak period of 3:00 to 7:00 pm.
Here’s your chance to have a say in Phoenix on March 22. Starting at 10:00am the Arizona Corporation Commission will hold a public comment meeting in Phoenix at the Arizona Corporation Commission Building, 1200 W Washington St, Phoenix. Again, the starting time for the hearing is at 10:00am. If you can’t attend, please make sure to voice you concern by sending an email to the ACC.