One of the primary duties of the Commission is to approve or deny rate changes. I have fought, and will continue to fight all unwarranted rate increases that are brought before the Commission. Seniors, families, and businesses need steady and sustainable rates that will not fluctuate wildly and the Commission must always be up-front and transparent when dealing with costs to your pocketbook.
Perhaps the most effective strategy to decrease rates is to implement aggressive energy efficiency strategies. I have fought tirelessly for energy efficiency, and these efforts have resulted in an estimated $9 billion in Arizona ratepayer savings through 2030, according to the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project. The results for ratepayers from our energy efficiency efforts are what make me most proud when I consider my four years as Commissioner.