by Will Greene
Much of what happens at the Arizona Corporation Commission occurs behind closed doors and that is why transparency won a rare victory on Friday when Commissioner Susan Bitter Smith requested a broader public hearing on the crucial matter of net metering. The date for the hearing is still to be determined.
Net metering grants consumers the ability to feed excess electricity generated from rooftop solar systems to the grid – and to be fairly compensated for that electricity. Without this agreement, a residential and commercial solar industry would not exist in Arizona, and the only solar on the grid would be utility-owned centralized generation.
Arizona Public Service, the state’s largest electric utility, is questioning the value of the electricity consumers are contributing to the grid, arguing it needs to be substantially lower, as indicated in a recent much-maligned My Turn by APS CEO Don Brandt.