TEP wants ‘demand charge’ to stop solar, Rose Law Group Partner Court Rich says

By Dave Wichner | Arizona Daily Star


Tucson Electric Power Co. is asking state regulators for a 7 percent increase in revenues in a rate case that would boost the average home customer’s bill by $12 a month by 2017.

In a request filed Thursday with the Arizona Corporation Commission, TEP also is seeking a change in its so-called net metering policy that will significantly reduce credits and add charges for customers with new rooftop solar arrays.

TEP’s filing is just the beginning of a long process in which the Corporation Commission will ultimately decide the company’s rates. That process — which will include formal hearings in Tucson — typically takes about a year; TEP wants the new rates to go into effect in January 2017.