By Luige del Puerto and Evan Wyloge | Arizona Capitol Times
Arizona’s energy regulators appear to be much closer to a compromise than either wholesale approval or rejection of a proposal to reduce by half a key rooftop solar panel incentive, based on proposals they submitted to resolve the issue.
All but one of the five Republicans who make up the Arizona Corporation Commission explicitly agree that the current solar net metering system shifts the costs of maintaining the state’s electricity infrastructure to non-solar ratepayers. The fifth commissioner simply recommends revisiting the issue in about 18 months, offering no comment on the issue of a cost shift.
The commissioners appear to be looking for a compromise as a temporary solution to the solar subsidy debate that has been the focus of an intensive and expensive, months-long campaign waged by Arizona Public Service.