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APS claims customer rates don’t fund its political spending; Rose Law Group Co-Founder, Senior Partner, and Director of Renewable Energy, Court Rich tells New Times, ‘We all know where that money comes from.’

Posted by   /  April 10, 2019  /  Energy and Environment, Featured News  /  No Comments

By Elizabeth Whitman | Phoenix New Times From 2013 to 2018, Arizona Public Service and parent company Pinnacle West poured at least $130 million into political spending, charitable contributions, marketing and advertising, lobbying, and sponsorships. None of that money came from customers, APS claimed, as it submitted spending records to the Arizona Corporation Commission on […]

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APS spending against Prop 127 renewable energy initiative reaches $22 million

Posted by   /  October 16, 2018  /  2018 Elections, Energy and Environment  /  No Comments

Mark Cardenas, Democrat who came out against Prop 127, got $8,000 in “consulting” fees from APS-backed PAC By Charlotte Grubb | Energy and Policy Institute Pinnacle West Capital Corporation, the parent company of monopoly utility Arizona Public Service, spent over $11 million from August 12 through September 30 to fight Prop 127, the renewable energy […]

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Judge rules clean energy measure to stay on ballot

Posted by   /  August 28, 2018  /  Courts/Law, Energy and Environment  /  No Comments

By Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services | Arizona Captiol times Arizona Public Service has faltered in its attempt to keep a renewable energy measure it opposes off the November ballot. In a 33-page ruling, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Daniel Kiley rejected the contentions of the APS-funded group that backers of the Clean Energy for […]

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Question of signature validity at heart of challenge to energy measure

Posted by   /  July 24, 2018  /  Energy and Environment, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Times The question of whether voters get to decide on a new renewable energy mandate for utilities could turn, in part, on how many petition signatures a judge lets Arizona Public Service challenge. Attorney Brett Johnson contends that close to 70 percent of the more […]

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APS supports one clean-energy plan, fights another; critics say utility can’t be trusted

Posted by   /  May 14, 2018  /  Energy and Environment  /  No Comments

By Ryan Randazzo | The Republic The state’s biggest electric company will mostly support a plan from state utility regulators to significantly boost the requirement for renewable energy. Arizona Public Service Co.’s support for the plan comes as the utility actively campaigns against a similar renewable-energy measure whose backers are gathering signatures to get on […]

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APS, First Solar plan large West Valley solar power plant with giant battery

Posted by   /  February 13, 2018  /  Energy and Environment  /  No Comments

By Ryan Randazzo | The Republic Tempe-based First Solar Inc. will build a large solar plant in the West Valley that will use a massive battery to deliver power to Arizona Public Service Co., the companies said Monday. The project will be unique not only for the size of the battery being put to use, but […]

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APS derides Burns’ attempt to have court overturn rate hike

Posted by   /  August 30, 2017  /  Energy and Environment, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Howard Fischer Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Times Attorneys for Arizona Public Service are deriding efforts by Bob Burns to have the state Supreme Court overturn a 3.3 percent rate hike just approved by the other utility regulators. In new legal filings, Mary O’Grady, lead lawyer for the state’s largest electric company, said […]

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Commissioner Burns sues to void APS rate increase

Posted by   /  August 23, 2017  /  Courts/Law, Energy and Environment  /  1 Comment

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Times Calling the process illegal, a utility regulator is asking the Arizona Supreme Court to void last week’s vote giving the state’s largest electric utility permission to immediately charge its customers an extra $7 a month. Bob Burns, on the losing end of the 4-1 […]

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Judge insists he can decide extent of corporation commissioner’s powers

Posted by   /  August 8, 2017  /  Courts/Law, Energy and Environment, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Times A Maricopa County Superior Court judge said he has the legal right to decide whether state regulator Bob Burns has the unilateral power to subpoena utility executives, even in the face of opposition of the other four members of the Arizona Corporation Commission. In […]

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Judge rejects APS move to get rate ruling before court decision

Posted by   /  July 20, 2017  /  Courts/Law, Energy and Environment, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via PinalCentral A judge on Wednesday rejected a bid by Arizona Public Service to let the Arizona Corporation Commission vote on the company’s rate hike request before he considers claims by one utility regulator that he has a right to question company executives about their political influence over […]

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