Send a Message to T.E.P.: turn off the lights

    August 30, 2017 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
    corner of Congress St. x Granada Ave., Tucson

    When: August 30th at 8:30pm
    Where: Corner of Congress and Granada
    Bring: Signs, friends
    Candles will be provided.

    It’s time to pull the plug on TEP’s proposal.

    “Tucson Electric Power is attempting to cast a shadow on solar choice and energy independence by imposing fees on rooftop solar customers. That’s why we are asking Tucson area residents to turn off your lights on August 30th at 8:30pm.
    It’s called Lights Out 830.
    Tucson area residents who support rooftop solar power are asked to turn off their lights for thirty minutes on August 30th at 8:30pm.
    TEP has declared war on rooftop solar power.
    Tucson Electric Power is asking the Corporation Commission for an additional $25 to $30 in monthly charges for new solar customers, in addition to a reduction in the amount paid to rooftop solar customers for the extra electricity they send back to the grid, a practice known as net metering.
    TEP has gone to the dark side and is attempting to bring back the Solar Wars that plagued the Phoenix area as Arizona Public Service tried to tax solar power out of business. Fortunately for ratepayers in Phoenix, both sides reached an agreement that preserves solar.What Can You Do
    Send TEP a message and show your support for solar power by turning off your lights August 30th at 8:30pm.
    Show your support for us on social media by using the Hashtag #lightsout830[%7B%22mechanism%22%3A%22bookmarks%22%2C%22surface%22%3A%22bookmarks_menu%22%2C%22extra_data%22%3A%22[]%22%7D%2C%7B%22surface%22%3A%22dashboard%22%2C%22mechanism%22%3A%22calendar_tab_event%22%2C%22extra_data%22%3A%22[]%22%7D]%2C%22ref%22%3A46%2C%22source%22%3A2%7D
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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).


    1. Turn your lights out right now at 8:30 p.m. or show up at Granada/Congress St. intersection. I’m turning off my lights and using a candle. Lights Out 830.

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