Retail Energy Supply Association Seeks Re-opening Of Arizona Customer Choice Docket
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The Retail Energy Supply Association (RESA) has filed a motion requesting the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) re-open a previous Customer Choice Docket (RE-00000A-18-0405), "to identify and study critical issues necessary for the ACC to create a customer choice program in Arizona," RESA said
"The Phoenix area topped the nation in population growth for the fifth consecutive year. This explosive growth is attributed to an unprecedented number of industrial companies, data centers and technology companies relocating to Phoenix, creating extreme energy demands statewide," RESA said.
"In light of the current realities in the energy market, it is essential to embrace new entrants and capital in Arizona's energy markets to foster competition across the state," said Tony Cusati III, Arizona State Chair, on behalf of RESA. 'Historically, states that have relied on regulated monopoly service have experienced significantly higher electricity prices than states that have implemented restructuring and embraced competitive retail choice."
RESA said, "The rapid population and industrial development growth have placed immense pressure on the adequacy of electric resources, necessitating a substantial expansion of generation and transmission infrastructure. Recently, a Memorandum from SRP, Tepco, AEPCO, and Electrical Districts 2, 3, and 4 were submitted to the ACC on March 22, 2023, seeking approval to extend the CEC deadline for the construction of a second Palo Verde to Pinal West 500kV transmission line, located south of Phoenix. (Reference: ACC Docket No. L-00000B-03-0124)."
"At the ACC's Summer Preparedness Meeting held on April 24, 2023, a representative from SRP highlighted the utilities' unique challenge of managing an unprecedented load growth alongside the ambitious goal of decarbonizing the generation fleet. This situation has presented them with unusual circumstances that require careful attention and strategic planning," RESA said
RESA previously participated in ACC Docket No. RE-00000A-18-0405 and is requesting that Docket be re-opened.
"Our goal is to form a study committee that would identify key issues and establish the steps, procedures and processes necessary for the ACC to consider those key issues to develop a customer choice program in Arizona," said Cusati.
RESA requests that Docket RE-00000A-18-0405be re-opened, and a Committee initially consisting
of a representative from any prior Docket participant who desires to participate meet within
one month of that re-opening date. This group shall publicly solicit further participation, and
then identify key issues and establish the steps, procedures, and processes necessary for the
ACC to consider those key issues to develop a customer choice program in Arizona, RESA said in its motion
If granted, the group would present a summary of the study results to the Commission by March 1, 2024, RESA said
Such study would allow the Commission to consider and implement a customer
choice program in Arizona, RESA said in its motion