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Commissioner Burns sues to void APS rate increase

Posted by   /  August 23, 2017  /  1 Comment

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Bob Burns Arizona Corporation Commission /Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Times

Calling the process illegal, a utility regulator is asking the Arizona Supreme Court to void last week’s vote giving the state’s largest electric utility permission to immediately charge its customers an extra $7 a month.

Bob Burns, on the losing end of the 4-1 vote for the rate hike, claims the process followed by his colleagues did not comply with statutory and constitutional requirements for a full airing of all the relevant issues. Specifically, Burns contends he was denied the opportunity to determine what influence that campaign contributions by Arizona Public Service had on the others and whether that tainted their vote.

What all that means, he said is the high court must immediately void the rate increase as a violation of his rights and the constitutional duties of the other commissioners.

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  1. Luz Lopez says:

    APS should not be raising these rates. They are making life more difficult for people on a fixed income and cannot afford to put solar panels on their homes either. It is very unfair, it’s a disgrace and it is unconstitutional for any state to provoke mire financial despair to anyone in such turmoil. It’s almost as if they are doing things deliberately to hurt people financially.

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