As triple-digit temperatures hit communities across our state, Arizonans are experiencing the impact of recent rate increases on their electric bills. The Arizona Corporation Commission can provide some relief by requiring Arizona Public Service and Tucson Electric Power to restore and increase funding for energy efficiency programs. The Commission should oppose cuts to energy efficiency.
Even though APS and TEP recently had rate increases approved by the Arizona Corporation Commission, they have failed to maintain adequate opportunities for ratepayers to save money on their bills. APS slashed funding for its energy-saving programs, and many of TEP’s programs were scaled back. The result: higher electric bills for homes and businesses and uncertainty for local jobs, projects, and the economy.
With Arizonans across our state facing high summer electric bills, now is the time for the Arizona Corporation Commission to restore and increase funding for energy efficiency programs and to help ratepayers save money. The Commission should oppose cuts to energy-saving programs.