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APS witness tells Rose Law Group Renewable Energy and Utility Infrastructure Department Director Court Rich: ‘Utilities prioritize shareholder profits over customer-sided renewables’

By Joe Dana | 12 News Phoenix

PHOENIX — An expert witness for APS confirmed during sworn testimony that large utilities oppose customer-sided energy policies because they cut into shareholder profits.

Renewable energy advocates say the “refreshingly candid” acknowledgement by Dr. Roger Morin reveals a reality about for-profit utilities.

“The APS witness here is saying the quiet part out loud, a rare example caught in the wild of a utility witness acknowledging that a primary reason they are so opposed to technologies like rooftop solar and other things their customers can own is because it threatens their business model and it threatens their profits,” said David Pomerantz of the Energy and Policy Institute, a nonprofit energy watchdog that advocates for renewables.

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