Arizona’s largest utility provider, Arizona Public Service, has filed a radical and untested proposal seeking to become the first utility in the United States to impose mandatory demand charges on its customers. The utility is also seeking to eliminate net metering, rooftop solar’s cornerstone policy.
Arizona, once considered a national leader for rooftop solar, has seen its solar progress grind to a halt over the last few years due to persistent utility attacks. This year, the utility attacks are aimed at all ratepayers of Arizona, designed to keep people from going solar.
Kris Mayes, of the Energy Freedom Coalition of America (EFCA), voiced concern about the APS proposal: “Demand charges are a dangerous plan that will force customers to constantly monitor their energy use out of fear of exorbitant charges. They especially penalize customers who have made substantial investments to reduce energy and contribute to more resilientArizona energy future.”