On Tuesday, September 13, 2011, in compliance with a rate case Settlement Agreement that was eventually approved by the Arizona Corporation Commission ("ACC" or "Commission) in Decision No. 72723, Southwest Gas Corporation (“SWG” or “the Company”) filed an Application seeking approval of an Energy Efficiency ("EE") and Renewable Energy Resource Technology Portfolio Implementation Plan, and approval to Revise the Rate Collected through the Company's Demand Side Management Adjustor Mechanism (“New Revised Plan”).
In its New Revised plan, SWG proposed an energy efficiency budget of $16.5 million - a 300 percent increase over the currently approved EE budget of $4.7 million and almost double the $8.4 million that the Company had originally asked for in its rate case fling but later increased as a condition of the rate case Settlement Agreement approved in Decision No. 72723.
On Tuesday, April 10, 2012, ACC Staff filed a Proposed Order that recommended that the Commission adopt SWG's proposed energy efficiency budget of $16.5 million.
On Monday, April 23, 2012, RUCO filed comments on the Proposed Order opposing the $16.5 million energy efficiency budget just before the five sitting ACC Commissioners were scheduled to vote on the matter during the Regular Open Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, April 24, 2012.
During the Regular Open Meeting, the Commission announced that a final vote on the proposed budget would be delayed. On that same date ACC Chairman Gary Pierce filed anAmendment to the Proposed Order that adopted RUCO's position and established SWG's EE budget at $4.7 million.
On Wednesday, April 25, 2012, RUCO filed an application to intervene in the docket.
During the Regular Open Meeting held on Tuesday, May 22, 2012, the Commission passed - by a 3-2 vote - an amended decision that adopted RUCO's recommendation for a reduced $4.7 million EE budget.