Ariz. Utility Hinders Solar Competition, DOJ Tells 9th Circ.

By Hannah Albarazi (February 2, 2021, 11:36 PM EST) -- The U.S. Department of Justice stood with solar power customers urging a Ninth Circuit panel to revive their antitrust action against Salt River Project Agricultural Improvement and Power District, with the DOJ arguing Tuesday that the Arizona utility cannot charge "anticompetitive penalties" to consumers who use its solar rivals.

Consumers who say the utility's alleged penalties for generating their own power using solar panels contributed to the utility's monopoly on the electricity market around the city of Phoenix had support from the federal government during oral arguments before the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday.

Matthew C. Mandelberg, of the U.S. Department of...

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