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Greg Patterson
Greg is a husband, father, Lawyer, CPA.
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Jeff Guldner spent yesterday afternoon testifying at the ACC Open Meeting and he big takeaway was that he committed not to participate in any ACC elections. Prior to 2014, it would have been unthinkable for APS (Actually PNW) to participate in elections, however in 2014, the company secretly spent over... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2020 at Arizona Competitive Power Alliance
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Arizona is a pretty big state, but politics is still retail. Since I am a Precinct Committeeman, I was required to attend the Maricopa County Republican organizational meeting on Saturday and ran into Commissioner Leah Marquez Petersen. I signed her nominating petition but I also spilled coffee on it, so... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2020 at Arizona Competitive Power Alliance
APS President Jeff Guldner will testify in front of the ACC again this Tuesday. Here is the Agenda item. Arizona Public Service Company (E-01345A-19-0003) - Discussion, consideration and possible vote regarding the APS rate comparison tool, implementation of effective Customer Outreach and Education Program, and proforma billing. Arizona Public Service... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2020 at Arizona Competitive Power Alliance
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Last Thursday I had the opportunity to host a luncheon with Senate President Karen Fann. She discussed her priorities for the upcoming Legislative Session. Those priorities are budget, budget, budget. They are looking for a short, efficient session. Here is some background on the Senate President. About Karen Fann Senator... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2020 at Arizona Competitive Power Alliance
This looks interesting. Under limited supervision, this position requires identification, analysis, reporting, and recommendations on a wide variety of utility ratemaking and energy policy issues inside a sophisticated energy supply organization operating within many jurisdictions often as the largest consumer. Coordinates between internal and external partners to ensure operations have... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2020 at Arizona Competitive Power Alliance
The Alliance has been participating in the Integrated Resource planning process since 2001. For the past few cycles, we have been encouraging the Commission to change the IRP process in order to make it more robust and effective. We believe that the ACC should approve (instead of simply "Acknowledge" the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2020 at Arizona Competitive Power Alliance
The AzCPA has long supported retail access. Our view is that there are essentially two models--vertically integrated and competitive--and that the competitive model is further divided into retail and wholesale. While most of our efforts have been focused on ensuring a competitive wholesale market, we believe that consumers benefit from... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2020 at Arizona Competitive Power Alliance
I'm posting this in case you missed the WSJ article about PGE. It's excellent. PG&E Corp. PCG 3.45% Chief Executive Tony Earley liked the idea the minute he heard it. He would change the signature line on company emails—“PG&E is committed to protecting our customers’ privacy”— to promote safety instead.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2019 at Arizona Competitive Power Alliance
The ACC has been dabbling with Retail Access for 25 years. That's not an exaggeration. As RUCO Director I signed Retail Access Settlements with APS TEP and SRP in 1999. We had been working on the issue since 1994. The ACC unwound those agreements in response to the California Energy... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2019 at Arizona Competitive Power Alliance
Recall that the APS Rate Comparison Tool website sent 12,000 customers to the incorrect rate. APS President Jeff Guldner addressed the issue for 6 hours at the December Open Meeting. The APS investigation has traced the source of the problem to a February 2019 software update. All of the customers... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2019 at Arizona Competitive Power Alliance
APS has retained former CEO Don Brandt for the first year of the Guldner Presidency. Commissioner Kennedy has a lot of questions about the contract and would like members of the PNW Board to speak at the January Open Meeting. Here is a copy of the letter with her request... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2019 at Arizona Competitive Power Alliance
Recall that under a traditional schedule for the APS rate case, the final vote would likely be in 2021 after the swearing in of new Commissioners. The ACC asked the hearing division to draft several accelerated schedules and then called an open meeting to approve one of them. They chose... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2019 at Arizona Competitive Power Alliance
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In the previous post, I mentioned that the Attorney General is investigating APS's Rate Comparison Tool. Com. Marquez-Peterson just docketed a letter in which she discloses that the Company informed the Commissioners about the investigation but insisted that it remain confidential. Then after the meeting, APS confirmed the investigation to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2019 at Arizona Competitive Power Alliance
The Arizona Attorney General has confirmed that he is investigating APS's Rate Comparison Tool as part of a fraud investigation. During the December 11th Open Meeting, APS President Jeff Guldner led a presentation in which the company said that a bug was introduced into the Rate Comparison Tool during a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2019 at Arizona Competitive Power Alliance
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The video of the ACC Open Meeting with Jeff Guldner is out. Here is the link. As you can see from the screen shot, Chairman Burns' opening comments start at 2:10.00 I would urge you to watch the opening comments of the Commissioners--especially Commissioner Burns who questions the entire utility... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2019 at Arizona Competitive Power Alliance
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APS is hosting a series of Integrated Resource Plan stakeholder meetings in which the company presents some of the analyses that will go into the ultimate IRP process. We are getting into the weeds, but the meetings provide a good opportunity to review the underlying assumptions and to discuss them... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2019 at Arizona Competitive Power Alliance
The ACC grilled APS President Jeff Guldner for over 6 hours* on Wednesday. Guldner apologized and the company took complete responsibility for erroneous advice caused by the company's Rate Comparison Tool website. The company identified the source of the problem as a programming error introduced in a February 4th update.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2019 at Arizona Competitive Power Alliance
Here is the link to the decision. Arizona has had a long-standing policy to support PURPA. Several years ago, the incumbent utilities decided that they would not offer PURPA contracts that exceeded 2 years. In 2016 they filed an application at the ACC in order to get approval of this... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2019 at Arizona Competitive Power Alliance
During an earlier update, I mentioned that the ACC held a procedural conference on Monday and granted our intervention. The hearing officer said that she would come up with a schedule. She didn't provide much detail, but it was clear from the discussion that the ACC would be deciding the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2019 at Arizona Competitive Power Alliance
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The ACC held a procedural conference in the APS rate case today. The hearing officer granted intervenor status to the AzCPA as well as several other parties and then set to work on two important procedural issues. She denied a motion in which one of the parties sought to prohibit... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2019 at Arizona Competitive Power Alliance
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In the late 1990s the forces of law, technology and economics intersected in a way that would be critical to Arizona's Future. Law: FERC's order 888 guaranteed wholesale electric generators access to the electric grid. Technology: Combined cycle gas turbines with low heat rates and low emissions took advantage of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2019 at Arizona Competitive Power Alliance
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Congratulations to Mayor Lane for hosting another successful Cure Corridor event. Great turnout. Continue reading
Utility rates are so complex that customers often pick a rate plan that is more expensive than other plans. In the last rate case, APS proposed to be allowed to shift consumers to the optimal plan however, the ACC rejected this proposal because consumers don't always chose plans based on... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2019 at Arizona Competitive Power Alliance
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The folks from NV5 are in town and we had a good meeting with Com. Olson. Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2019 at Arizona Competitive Power Alliance
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I'm trying to blast though some inertia with an arm blast challenge. I took this picture in the summer of 2018 and I've lost some definition since then. Jordan and I are going to drive to Durham on January 10th. So in the 40 days between now and then, I'm... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2019 at Zen The Day