by Will Greene
“The eyes of the country and the energy world at least are on Arizona to see what we can come up with.” Bob Stump, chairman Arizona Corporation Commission in the USA Today on the ACC’s net metering decision.
As Chairman Stump predicted, last week’s ACC proceedings captured the attention, and dollars, of utilities and clean energy advocates across the country. Utilities tuned in to see what they might be able to get away with in their own states. Clean energy advocates followed closely in order to prep for the next wave of attacks by fossil-energy powers on the infant renewable energy industry.
Arizona voters learned the most.
Commissioners opted, in a 3-2 vote, for a $5 per month charge on the average-size rooftop solar system installed in APS territory after December 31st, 2013. The two “no” voters, Brenda Burns and Gary Pierce, wanted a higher charge. As Commissioners heard public comment, which was overwhelmingly opposed to a charge on rooftop solar, hundreds of solar supporters rallied outside, some sticking around for hours to earn their chance to speak.
Here are my key takeaways from the two-day marathon-meeting: