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Arizona names head regulator critical of APS political influence

January 8, 2019

The election of Burns puts a consistent utility critic at the helm of the Arizona commission — a state that’s seen a string of political controversies and solar policy battles involving APS.

​In 2016, Burns issued a subpoena to APS, attempting to determine whether the utility and its parent company Pinnacle West funded groups supporting 2014 election campaigns for the commission using ratepayer money.

His political influence inquiry was rejected by the ACC 3-1, earning Burns criticism from then-Chairman Doug Little. Burns went ahead to subpoena financial records on his own to determine the political influence over his fellow commissioners.

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