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Office proposes smaller price hike for solar users

PHOENIX (AP) -

Advocates for residential utility customers are recommending that regulators require new solar customers to pay more, but not as much as proposed by the state's largest utility.

The new monthly charge of $7 recommended by the state Residential Utility Consumer Office would gradually increase to $20 over time.

Arizona Public Service Corp. wants the Arizona Corporation Commission to require new solar customers to pay substantially more, between $50 and $100 a month.

The utility says current incentives are too generous, meaning that solar customers now don't pay their fair share of the electric grid's infrastructure costs.

Solar customers and the industry say APS' proposal would increase profits for the utility at the expense of customers and undermine the industry's current fiscal foundation.

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