The standard set aspirational yet rational requirements incorporating annual benchmarks and establishing accountability measures such as implementation plans. As the Commission deliberates its next steps on energy efficiency, here are a few considerations commissioners should keep in mind:
For the sake of ratepayers, air quality and public health, the Commission should vote on May 22 to advance Arizona’s Energy Efficiency Standard to at least 35 pct by 2030. (Source: Green Valley News, 12 May, 2019)
Contact: Arizona Corporation Commission, (602) 542-3026, www.azcc.gov
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After a 60-day test period, AAPS will update the Arizona Corporation Commission regarding whether converting the coal generator to burn biomass would be cost efficient, officials said.
According to the US EPA , electricity from forest biomass is carbon neutral and does not contribute to climate change. (Source: APS, WRAL.com, AP. 6 April, 2019) Contact: APS, Barbara Lockwood, VP, www.aps.org
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The initiative is in keeping with the state's renewable energy portfolio and an important factor in forest health.
Last December, the ACC ordered their staff to develop a proposed set of rules to create a market for the 1.5 million tons of branches, brush and debris created by thinning 50,000 acres of overgrown forest annually -- the goal set by 4FRI. The ruling provided for the production of 60 MW of power from bioenergy.
Presently, only the 28-MW Novo Power in Snowflake produces bioenergy electricity in Arizona. (Source: Arizona Public Service, PR, White Mountain Independent, 22 Mar, 2019) Contact: Arizona Public Service, www.aps.com; Noveo Power, www.novopower.com
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In a letter to the Commission, three dozen business owners cited the return on investment, the creation of local jobs and reduced energy waste attributed to energy efficiency. According to the letter, since 2010, energy saving programs implemented by TEP and Arizona Public Service Company (APS) deliver approximately $3.90 in benefits for every $1 invested by ratepayers. Additionally, the APs and TEP energy-saving programs have cut energy waste by delivering demand savings greater than eight 100MW peaker power plants.
(Source: US PIRG, PR, 11 Dec., 2018) Contact: US PIRG, Aaron Kane
(602) 252-9227, https://uspirg.org; Arizona Corporation Commission, www.azcc.gov; Tucson Electric Power, (520) 571-4000, www.tep.com;
Arizona Public Service Company, www.aps.com
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The Arizona Corporation Commission plan aims to encourage the development of renewable generating plants with energy storage. It would also count energy from Arizona Public Service's Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station as clean energy.
TEP says it generally backs the objectives of energy modernization plans and favors coordinated, integrated resource energy policies overseen by elected officials. The utility also notes it is already pursuing clean energy goals that exceed existing state requirements.
The utility has 21 megawatts of battery energy storage currently operating, and has contracted for 30 MW of four-hour battery storage as part of a 100 MW solar farm slated to reach commercial operation in late 2020.
TEP says it is also considering purchasing or contracting for up to 200 MW of the proposed Big Chino Valley pumped-storage hydro project north of Prescott, which is expected to be online in 2025. (Source: TEP, Tucson.com, 15 July, 2018) Contact: TEP, Renewable Energy Dir., Carmine Tilghman, Dir. Energy Supply and Renewable Energy, (520) 571-4000, email@example.com, www.tep.com
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The information will be used to "help determine the feasibility of using forest residues, crop residues, primary and secondary mill residues, and urban wood waste feedstocks as a renewable resource. TEP anticipates filing a forest biomass proposal with the Arizona Corporation Commission in 2019.
The request for information process is being managed by New Hampshire-based Accion Group. A copy of the RoI can be found HERE.
(Source: TEP, Tucson.com., Others, 2 July, 2018)
Contact: TEP, Renewable Energy Dir., Carmine Tilghman, Dir. Energy Supply and Renewable Energy, (520) 571-4000, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.tep.com; Accion Group, (603) 229-1644, www.acciongroup.com
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If passed, HB 2005 would be incorporated into the State Constitution which empowers the five-member Arizona Corporation Commission to set utility rates and determine the appropriate mix of energy sources.
Using that authority the commission set the goal of 15 pct from renewable sources by 2025.
This initiative would amend the constitution to boost that to 50 pct by 2030. (Source: Arizona Corporation Commission, Payson Roundup, 15 Mar., 2018)
Contact: Arizona Corporation Commission, (602) 542-4251, www.azcc.gov
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