APS CEO Agrees To Appear In Front Of Arizona Corporation Commission

By Steve Goldstein, Chloe Jones
Published: Monday, July 29, 2019 - 10:33pm
Updated: Tuesday, July 30, 2019 - 2:18pm
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Arizona Public Service CEO Don Brandt has agreed to appear in front of the Arizona Corporation Commission.

Justin Olson, a member of the commission, says he wants more information about the 72-year-old woman who died in her home after APS turned her power off for being about $50 short on her bill.

“That's a very important question that I want to understand. Is there a threshold that APS has in place for disconnection? I know other utilities have a $300 threshold? Is there a threshold in place at APS? And if so, what is that threshold?” asked Olson.

Olson says he also wants to know if the victim was notified that the payment she made prior to her shut-off was not enough to cover her bill.

The commission asked him to appear on Aug. 7, but Brandt asked for an extension. The commission says it is working on scheduling a date.

With APS facing strong criticism, the idea of introducing competition is once again in play.

Commissioner Olson wrote about his desire to have competition in the state in a column for the Arizona Republic. He joined The Show to discuss both Brandt's appearance and his own reform ideas.

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