At its Open Meeting held February 8, 2017, the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) approved new rates and charges for Trico in Decision No. 75976, to become effective on March 1, 2017 for April bills.
Some of the changes include:
- The monthly customer charge that all residential Members pay, including solar Members, will increase from $15 to $20; and the energy rate will decrease from 12.16 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) to 11.771 cents per kWh for the first 800 kWh, resulting in about a $2 increase in the average monthly residential bill.
- Members who applied for renewable interconnection on or before February 24, 2017, are grandfathered under the existing net metering tariff.
- For residential Members who submit rooftop solar applications after February 24, 2017, solar generated in excess of the Member’s own needs will be purchased by Trico at the rate of 7.7 cents per kWh, rather than netted or credited at the full retail rate. All on-site energy consumed by the residential Member will remain credited at the full retail rate. Going forward, the average residential solar Member will still receive about a $64 per month subsidy.
The ACC also approved changes in Trico’s Rules, Regulations and Line Extension Policy, which will now provide an allowance of up to $1,500 toward the cost of interconnecting a new residential service, plus a credit for the transformer and meter serving the home.
The Trico Board of Directors believes the rate changes provide a more equitable way to share the costs of the electric grid that is used by everyone, including Members with solar generation. When grid costs are included in the fixed customer charge, everyone pays them. When those costs are collected through the volumetric energy rate, solar Members do not pay them, and they are shifted to non-solar Members. This is a reasonable solution that will continue to promote the development of solar within Trico’s service area, while helping reduce the cost to non-solar Trico Members.
For a summary of all Trico’s new Rate Tariffs, please click here. For more information regarding Trico's rate case, please see the links below.