26 Jul '12, 7pm

Eggs in Many Baskets: Arizona Public Service Diversifies Generation Sources

Eggs in Many Baskets: Arizona Public Service Diversifies Generation Sources

At the end of March, APS released its first approved integrated resource plan (IRP) in 17 years. The latest APS IRP creates a resource plan for meeting APS customer load for the next 15 years (through 2027). Of note, APS proposes to increase energy efficiency, renewable energy (RE), distributed renewable energy, and natural gas power generation, while decreasing coal generation, all to varying degrees. As of April 2011, 27 states required utilities to conduct IRP processes (updated every 2-3 years usually) where utilities consider electric sector planning horizons of typically 15-20 years. Another 11 states in deregulated electric generation markets require 5-10 year procurement plans updated annually, but these plans are not "integrated" by nature. How is Arizona's process distinct? The state identifies diversity as a clear goal. For APS to achieve a diversity goal, no si...

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