Arizona Commissioner Offers To Help Design Pilot Retail Electric Choice Program To Move Competition Forward
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In a memo to fellow Commissioner Sandra Kennedy, Arizona Corporation Commissioner Justin Olson offered to help design a pilot program for retail electric choice, after Kennedy said in a meeting last week that, if the ACC were to move forward with retail competition, the ACC should first institute a pilot choice program.
In the memo to Kennedy, Olson wrote, "You mentioned that you would like to see a pilot program implemented as a first step towards adopting
retail electric completion rules. When you previously brought up the possibility of perhaps having a pilot
program, I was concerned that the idea would not be workable because a limited marketplace would
have a very limited ability to entice competitive energy service providers to participate in it. Since the idea was mentioned only once in a passing comment at a staff meeting and due to my concern
that the idea would not be workable, I did not dedicate resources to trying to develop the idea further."
"But, given your comments yesterday [June 18] that this is a necessary first step for your support of a transition to
a restructured market, I would be honored to attempt to put something together that you could support
and that might have a chance at successfully attracting participants," Olson wrote
"As I work on this effort, I would value your thoughts on what a potential pilot program might look like
and if you have any suggestions on how we might make participation in a limited marketplace attractive
enough to entice participation," Olson wrote
"There will be a lot of questions and challenges that will need to be worked through to see if there is a
way to develop a pilot program that has a chance of success. I look forward to working through these
issues and will value any input that you can provide.
I look forward to discussing this important issue with you and our fellow Commissioners," Olson wrote