Opposition to Arizona Electricity Deregulation Growing

August 07, 2013

According to a news release issued yesterday by the Arizona Power Consumers Coalition, opponents continue to line up against proposed electricity deregulation in Arizona.

A number of prominent organizations (including APS; see full list below) feel deregulation would harm the state.

“A reliable, affordable and consistent source of electricity is one of the most important factors in business location decisions. It is vital that Arizona maintains the current system which is one of the best in the country,” said Barry Broome, President and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, in his statement of support.

This echoes comments from APS Chairman and CEO Don Brandt in Saturday’s Arizona Republic that deregulation in Arizona is risky and unnecessary.

“Once the commission has the chance to review all the comments and reply comments, they will have a good sense there are not too many good opportunities here for Arizona customers, and significant risk and cost that are almost a virtual certainty.”

Brandt said proponents are in the minority.

“Where I sit now, I think we could count the number of customers that are proponents of so-called deregulation on one hand,” he said. “And I’m looking at a list of 153 organizations, elected officials, chambers, numerous other business leaders, leaders of the Arizona Senate, the House of Representatives, numerous mayors, city managers and other local elected officials across state that have come out strongly against it. I don’t think the proponents of deregulation necessarily counted on the negative reaction it has received.”

You can find more about the Arizona Power Consumers Coalition on its website, Facebook and Twitter.

The list of organizations that oppose electricity deregulation in Arizona includes:

  • Agri-Business Council of Arizona
  • Arizona Association for Economic Development
  • Arizona Cattlemen’s Association
  • Arizona Charter Schools Association
  • Arizona Community Action Association
  • Arizona Investment Council
  • Arizona Municipal Power Users’ Association
  • Arizona Opportunities Industrialization Center
  • Arizona’s Generation & Transmission Cooperatives
  • APS
  • B. Bunch Company, Inc.
  • Central Arizona Project Association
  • Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc.
  • Children’s Action Alliance
  • Comite de Bienestar, Inc.
  • Duncan Valley Electric Cooperative
  • East Valley Partnership
  • Esio Beverage Company, LLC
  • Glendale Chamber of Commerce
  • Graham County Electric Cooperative
  • Grand Canyon State Electric Cooperative Association
  • Great Phoenix Economic Council
  • Greater Phoenix Leadership
  • Greater Phoenix Urban League
  • Irrigation & Electrical Districts’ Association of Arizona
  • Mohave Electric Cooperative
  • Mt. Graham Regional Medical Center
  • Navopache Electric Cooperative
  • New Life City Church
  • New Mexico Utility Shareholders Alliance
  • North Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce
  • Roosevelt Row Community Action Association
  • Salt River Project
  • Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce
  • Scottsdale Healthcare
  • Society of St. Vincent de Paul – Phoenix Diocesan Council
  • Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Cooperative
  • Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Trico Electric Cooperative, Inc.
  • Tucson Electric Power/UniSource Energy
  • United Dairymen of Arizona
  • Valle Del Sol
  • Valley Youth Theater
  • Water Resource Institute
  • Wellton-Mohawk Irrigation and Drainage District
  • Western Growers Association
  • Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce