Energy Rules

 

Docket Number is  RU-00000A-18-0284

 

Commissioners voted 3-2 to advance an amended energy rules package at its May 26 Open Meeting that will move Arizona’s regulated utilities to 100% carbon-free energy by 2070. The vote to move the rules forward comes after the energy rules failed at the Commission’s May 5 Open Meeting.

The Commission’s vote is the result of nearly three years of work by Commissioners and Commission Staff, including several workshops, and input from myriad stakeholders, including regulated utilities, clean energy advocacy groups, public health advocates, consumer advocates, and concerned ratepayers. The amended energy rules will now go back through the formal rulemaking process which allows for additional opportunities for public comment before eventually coming back before the Commission for a final vote.

Several amendments were adopted during the May 26 Open Meeting.  The result of the compromises made between Commissioners helped to garner the necessary 3 votes to advance the rules package. Notable among the amendments was a joint amendment from Commissioner Anna Tovar and Commissioner Jim O’Connor which extended the deadline by which utilities must reach 100% carbon-free emissions from 2050 to 2070, with interim standards beginning with a 50% reduction by 2032, a 65% reduction by 2040, an 80% reduction by 2050, and a 95% reduction by 2060.

Commissioners Tovar and O’Connor offered three additional amendments which were adopted that will add a Ratepayer Impact Measure Test, make changes to the portfolio options utilities must put forth in their Integrated Resource Plans, and add the definition of ‘All Source’ which includes supply-side and demand-side resources.

Chairwoman Lea Márquez Peterson offered an amendment that was adopted, which will allow a utility to seek a fair return on the fair value of the reasonable and prudent, used and useful investments made in demand-side resources, such as energy efficiency and demand response.

 

Arizona Corporation Commission to Host Virtual Town Halls to Seek Customer Feedback on the Estimated Cost Impact Indicated in the Ascend Analytics Report

PHOENIX – The Arizona Corporation Commission will be hosting virtual town hall events the week of September 20, 2021. The virtual town halls are meant to gather customer feedback regarding a cost impact report that was recently completed by Ascend Analytics. The Ascend Analytics report outlines, in part, the costs associated with complying with the Commission’s proposed Energy Rules. You may view the Ascend Analytics report here.

The virtual town halls will be held on September 22 at 6 p.m., and September 25 at 1 p.m. You may view the agenda here, please note that no votes will be taken during these events.

Details on how to participate in the virtual townhalls are below:

September 22, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.

Click Here to Join the Town Hall via Zoom https://azcc.zoomgov.com/j/1611208892?pwd=UGhITFUwR2IrblZOM2JoNUJOdXR6QT09

Passcode: 183367

Webinar ID: 161 120 8892

or

Join the Town Hall via Telephone:

Dial: US: +1 669 254 5252 or +1 669 216 1590 or +1 551 285 1373 or +1 646 828 7666 or 833 568 8864 (Toll Free)

Passcode: 183367

Webinar ID: 161 120 8892

September 25, 2021 at 1:00 p.m.

Click Here to Join the Town Hall via Zoom https://azcc.zoomgov.com/j/1612841002?pwd=TGdnUm1vdnh4WjdlelBQTG4wYlY3dz09

Passcode: 335983

Webinar ID: 161 284 1002

or

Join the Town Hall via Telephone:

Dial: US: +1 669 254 5252 or +1 669 216 1590 or +1 551 285 1373 or +1 646 828 7666 or 833 568 8864 (Toll Free)

Passcode: 183367

Webinar ID: 161 120 8892

 

For more information on the matter of possible modifications to the Arizona Corporation Commission's Energy Rules https://www.azcc.gov/news/2021/05/26/may-26-2021-special-open-meeting-highlights