A Texas-based electric company is applying to compete with APS

PHOENIX: For the past 100 years, Arizona Public Service (APS) and the Salt River Project (SRP) have been the leading service providers in the valley. Green Mountain Energy, a Texas-based electric company, is now looking to enter the market according to its August 4 application to the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC).

The company, which markets and sells 100% clean renewable energy plans, operates in seven states.

“What we really want to do is be able to provide Arizona with an option in the electricity service that is provided to them,” Mark Parsons, CEO and vice president of Green Mountain, told ABC15.

“It’s really the kind of energy they get. At present, it has a unique size for everyone ”.

Since the late 1990s, the Commission has debated the feasibility and legality of opening Arizona’s electricity market to competition, but has not approved any applications.

Green Mountain argues that a 2020 Arizona Supreme Court ruling makes it clear that competition is permitted under the state’s Energy Competition Act and does not undermine the Commission’s constitutional authority to set utility rates, according to the application.

If approved, the company wants to offer plans in the ACC-regulated APS and Tucson Electric Power territories. SRP that is not regulated by the ACC would not be affected.

But approval is unlikely to happen without a fight.

In 2019, the commissioners held workshops on retail competition and came to no conclusions. And regulated utilities in the past have expressed concern about what would be a significant change in the way energy is supplied to Arizona residents.

Parsons said the company is not deterred.

“We believe we have the right to serve Arizona customers. And I think, you know, we’re going to go through the process that we need to get there, ”Parsons said.

ACC spokesman Nick Debus told ABC15 that “the Commission will evaluate the application and take appropriate action in due course.”