Invites Ajo Improvement Company customers to join him in Ajo for May 21-22 Open Meeting

Phoenix — Arizona Corporation Commission Commissioner Andy Tobin announced Thursday he will attend the Arizona Corporation Commission's regular Open Meeting remotely on May 21 and 22, 2019. Commissioner Tobin will host a live video feed from Ajo through which residents can participate in the Arizona Corporation Commission's process directly and with more openness and transparency.

"I'm bringing the Commission to the people," said Commissioner Tobin.

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MVD continues to add web-based transactions to streamline service

Arizona motorists who’ve had their Driver License suspended may now order a temporary six-month I.D. card online at http://ServiceArizona.com. Until now, this service required an in-person visit to an Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division office.

“People often need a valid I.D. in order to buy items at the store, go to the bank, and apply for a job among other things,” MVD Field Operations Administrator Mike Cryderman said. “When customers are faced with a suspended license, it makes having a temporary I.D. card vital.”

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ARIZONA – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) encourages people and groups wanting to protect critical wetlands, agricultural lands and grasslands to consider enrolling their property into conservation easements.

The Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) focuses on restoring and protecting wetlands as well as conserving productive agricultural lands and grasslands. Landowners are compensated for enrolling their land in easements.

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PHOENIX — The Arizona Corporation Commission held its monthly Open Meeting to discuss various water, electric, railroad, and investor fraud agenda items. The five sitting Commissioners voted on the meeting’s consent agenda items and discussed regular agenda items that will be voted on tomorrow. Here is a brief recap of the meeting highlights from day 1 of the March Open Meeting:

Commissioners vote to reduce regulatory burden for Global Water
Global Water owns multiple regulated utilities in Arizona. On November 28, 2018, Global Water filed an application on behalf of its utilities for Corporation Commission approval to eliminate certain compliance filings it deemed unnecessary, obsolete, and burdensome. These include unnecessary acquisition and compliance reports, duplicate rate case reports, and compliance requirements for a surcharge which no longer exists, among other items. During Tuesday’s meeting, Commissioners agreed with the company’s request to remove items from its regulatory reports.

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Salt and Verde Basins predicted to receive above normal runoff

PHOENIX - The Arizona Basin Outlook Report released this week by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) shows the state snowpack to be at above average levels. The federal agency monitors snow conditions in Arizona’s mountain watersheds each winter to estimate the amount of water available for spring and summer uses.

“The massive winter system that crossed the state in late February dramatically improved our snowpack conditions” said Travis Kolling, State water supply specialist with the NRCS in Phoenix, Arizona. “Over the second half of February, the statewide snowpack improved from 89 percent of average, to 124 percent of average by the end of the month.”

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Phoenix — The Arizona Corporation Commission voted today to direct staff to begin a regulatory audit and a rate review of Arizona Public Service Company (APS) following numerous complaints of increased electricity bills by customers of the utility. Today’s decision follows a letter docketed last month by Chairman Bob Burns and Commissioner Boyd Dunn asking staff to inquire whether APS properly and sufficiently executed its customer outreach and education programs.

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