Arizona utility regulators initiate workshops on retail electric competition; Will consider interim ‘bridge’ expansion of limited competitive access

Arizona regulators turbocharge competition docket with workshops, interim expansion of limited competitive access. The Arizona Corporation Commission Wednesday voted to begin next month a series of workshops to establish a new retail electric competition policy. The commission agreed to build on a retail competition rulemaking docket (RU-00000A-18-0284) initiated in August to address commission rules regarding retail electricity competition. ACC Chairman Tom Forese described the workshop process as an opportunity to “have a comprehensive discussion on competition in Arizona [and] everything this would entail.” Forese also directed ACC staff to develop a “conceptual bridge to retail competition” in time for the ACC’s Dec. 17 open meeting. He called for establishing “something similar” to the ag-x rate rider at Arizona Public Service, which allows large electricity customers limited access to competitively priced electricity, but which “specifically would be available for smaller users.”

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