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The Energy 202: Arizona’s biggest utility, which fought renewables in 2018, now wants to go carbon-free

Posted by   /  January 22, 2020  /  Energy and Environment  /  No Comments

By Dino Grandoni | The Washington Post Arizona’s biggest electric utility spent millions of dollars in 2018 to defeat a renewable energy ballot initiative. Just two years later, it now says it wants to get all of its power from carbon-free sources. As Steven Mufson and I report this morning, Arizona Public Service announced an […]

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APS knew of flaws in its rate comparison tool back in 2017, complaints show

Posted by   /  December 16, 2019  /  Energy and Environment  /  No Comments

Protesters against Arizona Public Service gathered June 20 outside Phoenix Art Museum./Elizabeth Whitman By Elizabeth Whitman | Phoenix New Times Arizona Public Service knew of problems with its rate comparison tool, which is supposed to help customers find their most economical plan, since 2017, new records show, contrary to the utility’s claims that it learned […]

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APS used backdoor charitable donations to sway regulators, report warns

Posted by   /  December 11, 2019  /  Energy and Environment, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Elizabeth Whitman | Phoenix New Times Arizona Public Service’s notorious influence in Arizona politics is fueled not only by its tens of millions in political spending, but also, less visibly, by tens of millions in philanthropic contributions, a new report says. From 2013 to 2017, APS, Arizona’s largest utility, with 1.2 million captive customers, […]

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Lawsuit alleges APS refused to pay Texas maintenance company nearly $900,000

Posted by   /  December 10, 2019  /  Energy and Environment  /  No Comments

Arizona Public Service Company is the largest utility in Arizona./ YouTube By Elizabeth Whitman | Phoenix New Times A Texas engineering and construction company is suing Arizona Public Service, alleging that the utility refuses to pay nearly $900,000 owed for close to $4 million in maintenance at its gas- and coal-powered plants. Saulsbury Industries, based […]

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Regulator Justin Olson suggests independent investigation into APS

Posted by   /  November 26, 2019  /  Energy and Environment  /  No Comments

Courtesy Justin Olson By Ryan Randazzo | Arizona Republic  Utility regulator Justin Olson on Tuesday suggested Arizona Public Service Co. face an independent investigation over the bad advice its website offered customers.  The state’s biggest electric company earlier this month said that its online tool for comparing rate-plan prices was not working properly, and in […]

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Petition asks new CEO Jeff Guldner to ‘Stop All APS Spending on Elections’

Posted by   /  November 19, 2019  /  Energy and Environment, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

New APS CEO Jeff Guldner in March 2019, a few months before his promotion. /Gage Skidmore via Flickr By Elizabeth Whitman | Phoenix New Times A new petition is asking Arizona Public Service’s new CEO, Jeff Guldner, who ascended to the top office on Monday, to launch a new chapter and to pledge not to […]

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[OPINION] APS charges 21% more than SRP. Now it wants even more of our money.

Posted by   /  November 12, 2019  /  Energy and Environment  /  No Comments

By Laurie Roberts | Arizona Republic APS is squeezing its captive customers for huge profits. Here’s yet another reason why the Corporation Commission should wake up and put a stop to it. (Editor’s note: Opinion pieces are published for discussion purposes only.) Need another reason to question why the state allows Arizona Public Service to squeeze […]

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Employee alleges racial discrimination, ‘political bullying’ by Arizona Public Service

Posted by   /  September 7, 2019  /  Employment Law, Featured News  /  No Comments

Protesters against APS gathered earlier this summer outside Phoenix Art Museum./ Elizabeth Whitman By Elizabeth Whitman | Phoenix New Times In a damning complaint filed with the Arizona Corporation Commission, a self-identified Arizona Public Service employee said that the utility bullies its employees to vote in line with its interests, discriminates against minorities, and prioritizes […]

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Commission could seek answers on APS spending in secretary of state race

Posted by   /  September 3, 2019  /  Government and Politics  /  No Comments

Steve Benson By Jeremy Duda | Arizona Mirror Why did Arizona Public Service spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to try to help a corporation commissioner’s son get elected secretary of state? It’s an unanswered question that’s still lingering from the utility company’s secret election spending binge from 2014. And it’s a question that the […]

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Regulators want answers on APS summer disconnections

Posted by   /  August 30, 2019  /  Energy and Environment  /  No Comments

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 […]

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