Ask incoming APS CEO to stop his company’s political spending
The Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) is elected to make sure APS acts its customers’ best interests. Yet, APS has funneled millions of dollars to get its preferred candidates elected. This has to stop.
APS is about to bring on a new CEO, Jeff Guldner. Mr. Guldner has an opportunity to leave behind the company’s outrageous practice of stacking the ACC against its customers.
The ACC sets how much monopoly utilities like APS can charge customers. APS has spent tens of millions of dollars on ACC campaigns over the past several years. In 2017, the Commission allowed the company to raise our utility rates while ending net metering for new solar customers. As a result, APS made a profit of more than half a billion dollars last year. Those who invested in solar saw diminished returns.
Fortunately, some commissioners want APS to end its practice of influencing these elections. At a recent hearing, ACC Chairman Bob Burns asked Mr. Guldner if he would stop APS political spending in future commission races. Mr. Guldner declined to make the commitment.