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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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, www.acmeequities.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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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, email@example.com, www.tep.com; Accion Group, (603) 229-1644, www.acciongroup.com
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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, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.tep.com
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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, email@example.com, www.tep.com;
NextEra Energy Resources, Steven Stengel, Communications, (561) 691-7171, www.nexteraenergyresources.com
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