By: Luige del Puerto | Arizona Capitol Times
Arizona’s largest electric provider sits on the precipice of shedding its longstanding practice of neutrality in electing the regulators who set its rates and decide its profitability.
And if Arizona Public Service embraces a more aggressive role as an election advocate, it would fundamentally alter the dynamics of what’s typically a low-key race for the five-member Corporation Commission. Some also worry that it would dramatically change APS’ relationship with the commission. And a commissioner is wary that electioneering activities by APS — or any other utility — would put his agency’s regulatory actions under a cloud of doubt.