By David Wichner |Arizona Daily Star
Arizona regulators are looking at changing decades-old rules requiring utilities to buy power from certain renewable energy facilities, amid a simmering dispute between utilities including Tucson Electric Power Co. and some solar project developers.
At least one regulator says Arizona stands to lose hundreds of millions of dollars worth of solar energy projects unless the state makes the rules more favorable to project developers by requiring long-term power purchase contracts.
But TEP and Arizona Public Service Co., the state’s largest power company, say the proposed changes could force ratepayers to pay more than needed for power in the future.
“Arizona utilities working to thwart hundreds of MW of clean solar energy and thousands of jobs while Rose Law Group Co-Founder Court Rich is working to bring this extremely low cost clean energy on line. Court explains the situation to the Arizona Daily Star.”