When the Arizona Corporate Commission voted to approve the APS rate case last August, many customers breathed a sigh of relief. At that time, APS suggested that most households would see an average increase around $6 per month.
While somewhat true, that estimated $6 increase is only part of the story. The bigger changes are coming between now and May 1, 2018, when all APS customers will need to select a new plan. If you don’t select your own plan, APS will do it for you.
Fortunately, APS is providing some very helpful tools to help you see how these new plans impact your monthly bill. We've put together a “how-to” guide to using the APS rate comparison tool to help you get started. I've included my own results as a reference, and even showed how solar would wipe away 80% of my bill.
But before you download the guide, let’s take a minute and look at the two big factors that all APS customers need to be aware of as we enter 2018.
1. The 2017 increase is only an interim bump: After the APS Rate Case vote, all APS customers who were not grandfathered solar customers, received a short-term, moderate increase. Other than that, your plan basically stayed the same. At the same time, APS rolled out six all-new rate plans that are the only plans available for new solar and non-solar customers alike.
2. Existing APS customers must select a new plan by May 1, 2018: In addition to new customers, all existing APS customers are also required to select from the new rate plans by May 1, 2018. Only solar customers who were already commissioned, or in contract with APS by August 31, 2017, are exempt from this transition. If you’re not a grandfathered solar customer, and have not made your selection by May 1, 2018, we strongly suggest to review the options before APS makes the choice for you.
Because of this large-scale migration, APS has provided a plan comparison tool that applies your past energy use to the new plans. The tool is a great way to see how your monthly bill will change under the new plans. When I ran my own numbers, I saw a 20% increase, which is on the lower end of most increases that I’ve seen since I’m a relatively low energy user. On the higher end, I've seen up to 35% increases.
The best news of all is that solar works exceptionally well against these new rate plans and is one of the best ways to soften the blow that is coming in 2018.
If you're interested in learning more about how the new APS rate plans will affect your energy usage, we invite you to download our "how-to" guide to using the APS plan comparison tool. You can also contact one of our solar experts for a custom solar quote.