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Motion to Postpone APS Rate Case Filed

Sedona AZ (July 27, 2016) – The following is a letter to the SedonaEye.com editor:

Motion to Postpone APS Rate Case
Information & Perspective by Warren Woodward
Sedona, Arizona ~ July 27, 2016

I am an Intervenor in APS’s rate case at the Arizona Corporation Commission. Yesterday I made a Motion in the case. The Motion speaks for itself so here it is:

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Warren Woodward, Intervenor in the above proceeding, hereby requests a reconsideration of this Docket’s July 22, 2016 Procedural Order, and a postponement of the entire APS rate case.

Both Arizona Public Service (“APS”) and the Arizona Corporation Commission (“ACC”), the supposed regulator of APS, are being investigated for corruption by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”). The FBI investigation places APS’s rate case Application under a cloud of suspicion. If the FBI discovers fraud or other wrongdoing within the ACC, then the entire rate case may have to be redone from scratch. Therefore, granting this motion may avoid a considerable waste of time and money.

Darkening the cloud of suspicion that hangs over the ACC is an obvious bias on the part of the ACC in favor of the highly controversial “demand rates” that APS seeks to make mandatory for all residential ratepayers (except those few using less than 600 kWh per month).

According to a February 19, 2016 Arizona Republic newspaper report:

UniSource wants to make the demand charge an option for other residential customers without solar, but the Arizona Corporation Commission wants to go a step further. It supports demand charges for all residential customers.

“The sooner a migration occurs the better for all,” said Thomas Broderick, director of the Corporation Commission utilities division, in his testimony.

(Rural utility’s case could have big impact on rooftop solar fees, by Ryan Randazzo. http://www.azcentral.com/story/money/business/energy/2016/02/18/rural-utilitys-case-could-have-big-impact-rooftop-solar-fees/80516092/ )

Arizona ratepayers deserve an unbiased regulatory agency. Arizona ratepayers deserve a regulatory agency free of scandal. So far, Arizona ratepayers have neither.

In light of the above, I hereby request that the Procedural Order of July 22, 2016 be reconsidered, and that APS’s rate case Application be postponed until such time as 1) Thomas Broderick is fired and an unbiased replacement is found, and 2) the FBI investigation of APS and the ACC is concluded.

RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED this 26th day of July, 2016.


Warren Woodward

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  1. Warren says:

    Speaking of ACC bias in favor of APS, don’t miss the Arizona Republic newspaper’s Laurie Roberts skewer ACC commissioner Tom Forese for appearing in a video that promotes an APS program. The ACC’s bias is so total now that they don’t even think to hide it. http://www.azcentral.com/story/opinion/op-ed/laurieroberts/2016/07/28/roberts-say-what-utility-regular-stars-video-promoting-aps/87664124/

  2. PolicyExpert says:

    thank you for filing

  3. Those of you who refused to have a smart meter installed, please be vigilant that you still have your analog meter, as there have been several complaints from resident’s who had “opted out” of having a smart meter, found their analog meter was replaced with a smart meter, without the resident’s authority or any notification. Be aware that APS is asking that those with analog meters be charged a $70 “set-up” fee and $15 plus the resident’s electricity usage. At last estimate, 30% of residence within 86336 still had their analog meters. Imagine how much more money APS can make by having to “set-up” more accounts!

  4. Josh del Sol says:

    Dear Take Back Your Power supporters,

    Real, investigative journalism is so refreshing. Last night, a Kansas City station aired perhaps the BEST television coverage we’ve seen of the smart meter fire situation. As there are now around half a million recalls we know about, it is high time we see more investigative reporting such as this. And I believe we will.

    Interviews with insurance adjuster Norman Lambe, researcher Brian Thiesen, and professor Curtis Bennett are all included in the 4-minute clip.

    See it now: KSHB-TV’s smart meter fire story

    –Reporter: “Hundreds of thousands of smart meters have been recalled in the past several years across North America. And hundreds of fires have broken out, including in California, Texas, Florida, Nevada, Illinois, and across Canada.”

    –Curtis Bennett (electrician professor): “It really is a very dangerous issue, and it should be treated as a real, unprecedented emergency in your area.”

    –Reporter: “California insurance adjuster Norman Lambe currently has seven open smart meter fire claims. Of the dozens of smart meter fires he’s investigated, he says overheating is the major issue.”

    –Norman Lambe (insurance adjuster): “Sparking… they are manufacturing too much heat.”

    –Brian Thiesen (researcher): “These fires are going to continue to happen because, again, the basic laws of electricity are being violated.”

    Watch KSHB-TV’s smart meter fire story here


    Josh del Sol

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