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Sides in Arizona utility rate issue air ads on TV

Sides in Arizona utility rate issue air ads on TV

By Laura Kittell. CREATED Oct 22, 2013

PHOENIX (AP) - A debate over whether Arizona should reduce favorable rates that utility customers receive if they sell power from rooftop solar arrays is hitting the airwaves.
   
An ad by a group supported financially by the state's largest utility says the solar customers are profiting at the expense of other customers.
   
Meanwhile, an ad from solar companies say state regulators shouldn't change pro-solar policies.
   
The Arizona Republic reports that the ads are being aired in advance of the Arizona Corporation Commission's expected consideration in November of the policy issue known as "net metering."
   
Arizona Public Service Co. wants the commission to reduce the payments that solar customers receive for their excess power.