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Arizona commission to drop power deregulation push

PHOENIX — The Arizona Corporation Commission has decided not to consider
deregulating the state’s electricity market.

In an unexpected move, the commission voted 4-1 Wednesday to close its docket
in the case because of doubts about the constitutionality of deregulation. That
cancels planned future meetings on the subject.

Customers can choose their power suppliers in a deregulated market but local
utilities still use their wires to deliver power.

Arizona Public Service, the Salt River Project and other utility companies
formed the Arizona Power Consumers Coalition to fight the effort. They worried
an unregulated marketplace would create uncertainty and pointed to failed
efforts in other states.

APS even delayed a plan to buy Southern California Edison’s portion of the Four
Corners Power Plant outside Farmington, New Mexico, because of the uncertainty
deregulation would bring.

APS said it is moving to finalize that deal.


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