On Monday, May 11, 2009, Arizona Public Service Company (“APS” or “Company”) filed an application ("Application") with the Arizona Corporation Commission ("ACC" or "Commission") seeking approval of a renewable distributed energy pilot program that will supplement APS’s 2009 Renewable Energy Standard (“RES”) Implementation Plan.
According to APS' Application, the Community Power Project - Flagstaff Pilot (“Community Power Project”) will provide renewable energy from APS-owned distributed energy systems to customers in a limited geographical area.
APS stated that the Company-proposed pilot program will help APS gain valuable experience with the impact of distributed energy systems on the distribution grid, and has the potential to increase distributed energy deployment in APS’s service territory. APS further stated that the Community Power Project will help facilitate the Company’s compliance with the distributed renewable energy requirements of the ACC's Renewable Energy Standard (“RES”) Rules.’
The Company's Application presented "The Community Power Project Report", as Exhibit A, which includes details on the program.
On Wednesday, June 10, 2009, RUCO filed a motion to intervene in the case on behalf of residential ratepayers. RUCO's request was granted by the ACC Chief Administrative Law Judge ("CALJ") on Monday, June 22, 2009.
On Wednesday, February 17, 2010, ACC Staff filed a report and a Proposed Order on APS' request.
On Friday, February 26, 2010, RUCO filed comments on ACC Staff's report.
During the the Regular Open Meeting held on Thursday, April 1, 2010, the five ACC Commissioners voted to approve APS's Community Power Project in Flagstaff that will bring solar panels to the rooftops of homes and businesses.