Corporation Commissioner Bob Burns is the only commissioner to deeply challenge APS and the only commissioner to vote against the new rate increase in a 4-1 vote. This increase will affect all customers averaging a 3.3 percent increase for a $7 million monthly increase in APS revenues.
Few people know the Arizona constitution provides our public utility companies with monopoly power from competition and a guarantee of a 9 percent Return On Investment (ROI) in common business terms. While Arizona was a new wide-open state, this
may have been necessary to gain enough interest to provide service in the earlier days. However, in today’s climate and growth, these provisions are a license to steal.
We only have two choices to correct this issue. We can hope a group will fund a ballot measure to alter the Arizona constitution and bring market forces into play. Or we can be more involved in seeing more principled commissioners are elected to the corporation commission. This is a long shot in today’s climate.
If there is no movement to provide more public pressure for a ballot measure or future elections to be providers of strong people for consumer rights, nothing will change and out costs will increase more than they should.