Letters: Discussing energy rates
Discussing energy rates
A recent column by Steve Pierce claims “California energy rates are 50 percent higher than Arizona.” While this claim is perhaps too vague and broad to evaluate, many of us feel that APS electricity rates are excessively high. According to a recent study, the (KTAR News reported) APS average peak rate of 24.3 cents per kWh greatly exceeds those values in four bordering states: NM: 11.4, CO: 10.0, NV: 11.8 and UT: 8.4. What about off peak and other APS charges, including nearly doubled service fees? My latest APS bill shows fourteen charges (one being “generation of electricity”) that add to my “cost of electricity.” Simple division suggests I pay APS somewhere between 7.2 cents per kWh and 25 cents per kWh. Given nearly half of my electricity is from my own off grid solar, my bill is much less than it might otherwise be. Southwest area utilities can similarly lower “generation of electricity” costs and minimize uncertainties due to future fossil fuel costs. Recently signed utility / solar 20 year purchase agreements lock in generating costs of 2.5 cents per kWh (Central Arizona Project) and 2.3 cents per kWh (Nevada Energy). In Colorado, the public utilities commission recently approved a plan that Xcel Energy estimates will cut carbon dioxide emissions by nearly 60 percent, increase renewable energy sources to 55 percent of its mix by 2026 and save customers about $213 million. By following these examples, APS could dramatically save us money and cut pollution.