Five Important Dates to Know About the APS Rate Case

Kyle Ritland

August 2017

APS Rate Case.jpgWell, it’s finally happened. On August 15th, 2017, The Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) cast a final vote (4-1) in approval of the APS Rate Case.

This was the first rate review in five years for Arizona Public Service (APS). Their goal was stated as: “creating a long-term, sustainable energy policy for (APS) customers and the state,” according to Don Brandt, APS Chairman, President and CEO.

With so much confusion, and time, clouding the many details of this long-awaited change, we thought it would be valuable to do a quick summary of the most important dates and deadlines. We will explore other aspects of the new rate programs in upcoming blogs.

Five Important Dates and Deadlines:

  • Effective August 19th, 2017: A rate increase of approximate 4.5% went into effect for all residential customers – solar and non-solar alike—on August 19, 2017. That’s an increase of about $6 per month for the average household, according to APS.

  • Effective August 31st, 2017: All existing solar customers will be automatically grandfathered into the plan they are on as of August 31 for a duration of 20 years from the time of system activation. For example, if your system was commissioned three years ago, you will be able to ride out the remaining 17 years under your old plan so long as you don’t alter your system in any way.
    • NOTE: Grandfathered solar customers should be on their preferred rate plan by August 31, 2017. Any changes after that date will require you to select from one of the new, post Rate Case plans. In other words, make sure you're on the plan you wish to keep for the duration of your 20-year term by August 31, 2017!

  • Effective September 1st, 2017: All new APS customers, solar and non-solar alike, will be required to select from one of the new rate plans. Follow the link below to review the six new rate plans coming on September 1, 2017.

  • September 1st, 2017 - December 31st, 2017: All non-solar APS customers who are on one of the old rate plans as of August 31, 2017, will be grandfathered into their legacy non-solar rate plans until January 1, 2018, unless they voluntarily switch before that time.

  • January 1st, 2018: APS will begin transitioning all non-solar APS customers who were grandfathered under an older rate plan into the new rate plans. Grandfathered solar customers are excluded from this transition. The full migration is expected to be completed by May 1, 2018. APS will begin disbursing information about the new rate plans in fall 2017
Be sure to scroll below to review the Rate Case FAQ section at the bottom of this page. For more information you can also review the official APS Press Release, or contact APS by calling 602-371-3614 or filling out the form at https://support.aps.com/app/ask.

Review the New APS Rate Plans

Rate Case FAQs:

Q: How do I know if I’m a grandfathered solar customer?
A: Any existing solar customers, or new solar customers with a fully-filled interconnect application on file at APS by August 31, qualify for the 20-year APS grandfathering. For more information on what constitutes a fully-filled interconnect application, contact your solar sales representative or project manager.

Q: I have a grandfathered solar house. What happens if I decide to try a different rate plan after August 31, 2017?
A
: You are free to switch plans at any time. However, any changes made after August 31, 2017, will void grandfathering, and you will be required to select from one of the new post Rate Case options. You will not be allowed to switch back. So, please make sure you are on your desired plan by 31, 2017.

  • NOTE: Grandfathered solar customers should be on their preferred rate plan by August 31, 2017. Any changes after that date will require you to select from one of the new, post Rate Case plans. In other words, make sure you're on the plan you wish to keep for the duration of your 20-year term by August 31, 2017!

Q: I’m a grandfathered solar customer. What happens if I want to add panels to my system?
A: Any alterations to your system (or rate plan) after August 31st, 2017, will void the 20-year grandfathering.

Q: I have a grandfathered home. What happens if I decide to sell it?
A
: So long as the new owners don’t alter the system or change the rate plan, they can ride out the remainder of the 20-year grandfathering period and maximize their return. In this sense, solar homes that are locked into the older APS plans will have a key differentiator that can be used to market the property to potential buyers. 

Review the New APS Rate Plans