Phoenix — The consumers of Arizona Public Service Company (APS) now have six additional opportunities to provide the Arizona Corporation Commission (Commission) with telephonic comment on the APS rate increase application before the end of the year.
Arizona Corporation Commissioner Sandra Kennedy wants to hear from the ratepayers regarding their perspectives and experiences to ensure the Commission understands the full story. The dates listed below were added after Commissioner Kennedy sent out a press release expressing concern that ratepayers did not have enough opportunities to make their voices heard.
Commissioner Kennedy stated, “During these rate cases, utilities have plenty of opportunities to explain why they think they should increase rates. The ratepayers deserve multiple opportunities to be heard, as they will bear the brunt of the Commission’s decision. I am asking the ratepayers to call in and voice their comments and concerns in order to help the Commission better understand ratepayer experiences and points of views as we weigh this application. This is a very important decision that the Commission must make for all of Arizona and to do that we need to hear from all parties that will be impacted.”
Due to the continuing pandemic, public comment on this matter will be taken over the telephone. Speakers will have three minutes to share their experiences as an APS ratepayer and to provide comment on the APS rate increase application.
About Commissioner Kennedy:
Sandra D. Kennedy was re-elected to the Corporation Commission in 2018 on a platform of restoring integrity to the Commission, lowering unjustified utility rate increases, and creating more solar and renewable energy in Arizona, especially roof top solar. Commissioner Kennedy was first elected to the Arizona Corporation Commission in 2008 on a platform of promoting solar energy in Arizona, and as a fierce consumer advocate. She started her public service when she was elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in November 1986, where she served for six years before successfully becoming a state senator in 1992. She served three terms as State Senator. Sandra was also elected to serve on the Phoenix Union High School Governing Board for a four-year term in 1990, serving concurrently with her last term in the Arizona House and her first term in the State Senate.
The Arizona Corporation Commission was established by the state’s constitution to regulate public utilities and business incorporation. The Corporation Commission is Arizona’s co-equal, fourth branch of government. The five Commissioners elected to the Corporation Commission oversee executive, legislative, and judicial proceedings on behalf of Arizonans when it comes to their water, electricity, telephone, and natural gas resources as well as the regulation of securities, pipeline, and railroad safety. To learn more about the Arizona Corporation Commission and its Commissioners, visit http://azcc.gov.