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Regulators want answers on APS summer disconnections

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By Dillon Rosenblatt | Arizona Capitol Times

Arizona Public Service CEO Don Brandt will be on the hot seat September 4 when utility regulators are expected to probe further into the company’s disconnection practices and the death of a Sun City West woman whose power was cut off. 

Brandt has already answered in writing a slew of questions the Arizona Corporation Commission put to him in advance of the hearing, but he gave all answers directly related to the 2018 heat-related death of Stephanie Pullman, 72, under seal and only for the eyes of commissioners and staff. 

The public was left in the dark on all the details of why Pullman’s power was even shut off only two days after she had paid $125 of her final bill. 

Brandt, who recently announced plans to retire in November, did reveal that Pullman’s unpaid $51 bill was $1 more than the maximum delinquent amount allowed at the time under APS policy. 

He gave this stock answer for all questions mentioning Pullman as well as other families who had suffered a death and had settled with APS: 

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