A closer look at the Arizona Corporation Commission's November 2013 net metering decision
What did the ACC determine?
The Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) ruled that the net metering program should spread the cost of maintaining a reliable electrical grid more fairly among all APS customers. In making its decision, the ACC determined that the current net metering program creates a cost shift, causing non-solar utility customers to pay higher rates to cover the costs of the grid. The ACC voted 3 to 2 to institute a charge on customers who install rooftop solar panels in the future.
How does this decision affect current rooftop solar customers?
Current rooftop solar customers and those who submit the required documentation to install rooftop solar to APS by Dec. 31, 2013 are not subject to the new fixed charge, nor will APS seek to add additional solar-specific charges to these customers. The required documentation for those wishing to make the deadline include:
a) a customer application and interconnect agreement
b) an interconnect application (including all required design documents)
c) a signed contract with a solar installer
d) a hand-signed disclaimer acknowledging that electricity rates and policies may change based on future commission decisions
How does this decision affect future rooftop solar customers?
Customers who choose to install rooftop solar, starting Jan. 1, 2014, will pay a charge of $0.70 per kilowatt to pay for their use of the electricity grid. This will add $4.90 per month to the utility bill for the typical solar customer.
How does this decision affect non-solar customers?
Customers who can’t afford, can’t install or don’t want solar will still see a cost shift, though it was modestly reduced.
about the decision and get additional background on net metering.