13 Sep '17, 8pm

Salt River Project Asks Supreme Court to Take Up SolarCity Antitrust Case

Salt River Project Asks Supreme Court to Take Up SolarCity Antitrust Case

Are $50 demand charges for rooftop solar owners an unfair monopoly practice, or simply the utility’s way of recovering costs? This may be the big-picture question in the two-year legal battle between Arizona utility Salt River Project and Tesla solar subsidiary SolarCity. But it’s not the question the utility is now asking the U.S. Supreme Court to decide. Instead, Salt River Project's petition for a writ of certiorari filed on Thursday is asking the high court to review a narrower question -- whether, as a state-regulated entity, it’s immune from antitrust lawsuits in the first place. SRP says yes, SolarCity says no, and last year, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with SolarCity . SRP’s argument is that the state immunity doctrine, which allows state governments to displace private competition without facing antitrust claims, should extend to it as a provide...

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