APS rate hike affects some more than others

Low-income customers see significant increases

By Max Efrein | The Daily Courier

Electric bills have gone up and people are taking notice.

“I noticed it this last month when I went onto the computer to see what the auto pay was,” said Prescott Valley resident Burt Harper.

Following an extensive rate case, the Arizona Corporation Commission approved in August a request by Arizona Public Service (APS) to increase its basic service charge and make some adjustments to how it charges customers for the electricity they use. Those new rates went into effect on Aug. 19.

For some, this translated to only a few dollars extra each month — the average household saw a $6 increase in their bill.

For others, the difference was more significant.

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