How Does APS Benefit?
short answer is by selling each ratepayers personal data that has been
aggregated for just that purpose to third parties, like appliance
manufacturers, allowing the utility to enter a relatively 'new' industry, "Big Data."
Apparently, providing electricity is not so profitable and is not expected to be so for some time now as can be seen in the graph above.
Eliminating drivers, vehicles, and associated maintenance costs gives the utility provider even greater financial reward for essentially doing nothing, not even checking meters once they are installed.
Exactly what do you think are the chances that a plastic digital meter will outlast the analog meter that's been on this house for 33 years?