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Regulators will hear what Arizonans think of APS rate case on Monday

Arizona regulators have a three-day meeting this week looking at whether the state’s largest electric utility is allowed to charge people more money.

Monday morning is the public’s chance to weigh in on whether Arizona Public Service should be allowed to raise rates.

The Arizona Public Interest Research Group Educational Fund has been following APS rate cases for more than 15 years. Executive Director Diane Brown said the group has urged the Arizona Corporation Commission to pay more attention to what goes into customers' pockets than those of APS shareholders.

“Monday is the perfect opportunity for APS ratepayers to weigh in on how they believe APS should or should not be spending ratepayer dollars,” she said.

APS has said the return on equity recommended by a judge is very low and the utility has warned that a percentage too low would hurt investment and increase customer costs.

Matthew Casey has won Edward R. Murrow awards for hard news and sports reporting since he joined KJZZ as a senior field correspondent in 2015.