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Green Valley News Comments on Arizona Energy Efficiency Standard (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2019-05-13
With the approaching demise of Arizona's Energy Efficiency Standard, the Arizona Corporation Commission should note that from 2010-17, every $1 of ratepayer money invested in energy efficiency by Arizona Public Service and Tucson Electric Power returned about $4 in benefits to ratepayers. The Standard also helped reduce water consumption and contributed to job creation.

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:

  • A strong standard will accomplish more than a goal. In large part, the reason Arizona's Energy Efficiency Standard has worked is due to requirements the Commission placed on utilities. Without a Standard, it is unlikely Arizona's utilities would have significantly increased the use of energy efficiency resources.

  • Arizonans support energy efficiency. According to an energy poll released earlier this year, 68 pct of those polled agree that regulations applied to utility providers, such as Arizona Public Service, Tucson Electric Power, UNS Energy Corporation, or Salt River Project should be increased to ensure they are offering energy efficiency to all their customers.

  • The recent trend among state policy makers and utilities in the Southwest is a shift to increased energy efficiency commitments. Just like it is realistic and no longer visionary to send a man (or a woman) to the moon; it is realistic and no longer visionary to increase Arizona's Energy Efficiency Standard.

    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,

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  • CCS Proposed for Soon to be Shuttered Coal Plant (Ind. Report)
    Acme Equities LLC
    Date: 2019-03-04
    Acme Equities LLC , a private NY based real estate investment company that focuses on North American energy projects, reports it is aiming to take over the 847-MW New Mexico's San Juan Generating Station (SJGS) and refit the 46-year-old, coal-fired plant with carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technology.

    The plant is presently slated for shutdown in 2022. The addition of CCS technology would cut carbon emissions by an estimated 90 pct and offer the plant another revenue stream with the sale of the captured CO2 for enhanced oil recovery well production.

    Acme Equities has reached an agreement with the city Farmington N.M., part-owner of the plant, to keep the SJGS open beyond 2022. Other owners of the facity include Tucson Electric Power, Los Alamos County, and Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems, along with majority owner Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM), all of which have said they do not plan to receive power from the SJGS after 2022. (Source: Acme Equities LLC, Various Media, Mar., 2019) Contact: Acme Equities LLC,

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    Arizona Utilities Encouraged to Increase Energy Efficiency Investments (Ind. Report)
    US PIRG, Tucson Electric Power
    Date: 2018-12-12
    With just days before the Arizona Corporation Commission is expected to vote on Tucson Electric Power's (TEP) Demand-Side Management Plan, Tucson business owners are encouraging the Commission to increase investment in energy efficiency. The Arizona PIRG Education Fund and the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project, who have been speaking with business owners across Tucson, are hopeful the Commission will restore and increase energy efficiency funding for TEP ratepayers.

    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,; Arizona Corporation Commission,; Tucson Electric Power, (520) 571-4000,; Arizona Public Service Company,

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    TEP Warns AZ Clean-Energy Policy Doable but Costly (Ind. Report)
    Tucson Electric Power,Arizona Corporation Commission
    Date: 2018-07-16
    In Arizona, Tucson Electric Power Co. (TEP) is warning that although the state "energy modernization" plan requiring utilities to generate 80 pct of their power from renewable sources by 2050 is doable, it could raise costs for the company and its ratepayers by more than $800 million through 2030, and cause the eventual closure of TEP-owned power generation stations. The higher costs would mainly include an additional $673 million in investments in energy-storage systems and about $53 million for new biomass energy projects.

    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,, 15 July, 2018) Contact: TEP, Renewable Energy Dir., Carmine Tilghman, Dir. Energy Supply and Renewable Energy, (520) 571-4000,,

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    TEP Considering Woody Biomass Power Generation (Ind. Report)
    Tucson Electric Power ,Accion Group
    Date: 2018-07-03
    Following up on our November 9, 2016 coverage, Tucson Electric Power Co. (TEP) reports it has issued a Request for Information (RoI) on technologies, costs, environmental benefits, construction requirements and interconnection requirements of forest biomass energy generation projects.

    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,, Others, 2 July, 2018) Contact: TEP, Renewable Energy Dir., Carmine Tilghman, Dir. Energy Supply and Renewable Energy, (520) 571-4000,,; Accion Group, (603) 229-1644,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Accion Group,  Tucson Electric Power ,  Woody Biomass,  Forest Biomass,  

    TEP Bid to Control Residential Power Seeks Approval (Ind. Report)
    Tucson Electric Power
    Date: 2017-10-02
    The Arizona elcetric utility Tucson Electric Power (TEP) is reported to be seeking regulatory approval for a pilot program in which customers with "smart" internet-connected thermostats would allow the utility to remotely control a customer's air conditioner or adjust the thermostat to help the utility control the load on its power grid.

    If the pilot program is approved, an initial 650 participating customers would receive an annual $40 incentive payment as well as save an undertermined amount of money on a time-of-use rate plan. TEP is also offering a $35 rebate on the purchase of a Nest thermostat which it will evaluate against other smart thermostats to determine those that qualify for the program.

    Additionally, TEP proposes to use some participating customers' homes and water heaters to store energy. The utility also would explore "feeder-level" -- neighborhood-level -- power storage in some areas to help reduce peak demand. (Source: TEP, Tucson Daily Star, 30 Sept., 2017) Contact: Tucson Electric Power, David G. Hutchens, CEO, Joseph Barrios, (520) 884-3725,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Tucson Electric Power ,  Energy Storage,  Smart Neter,  Smart Thermostat,  

    TEP to Purchase Power from NextEra Solar Array (Ind. Report)
    Tucson Electric Power,NextEra Energy Resources
    Date: 2017-05-24
    reports it will purchase power under the terms of a 20-year PPA from a 100-MW solar array south of Tucson currently under development by Juno Beach, Florida-headquartered NextEra Energy Resources. The array is expected to be completed and online by the end of 2019.

    TEP also plans to purchase power from a planned 100-MW wind project, and to make greater use of energy storage. TEP also notes the addition of three battery storage systems this year, including a 10-MW NextEra facility. (Source: Tucson Electric Power, 23 May, 2017) Contact: Tucson Electric Power, Carmine Tilghman, Director of Energy Supply and Renewable Energy, (520) 571-4000,,; NextEra Energy Resources, Steven Stengel, Communications, (561) 691-7171,

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