TEP plans more renewables, new technologies to meet future energy needs

TEP is evaluating proposals for a new 100 MW solar facility
TEP is evaluating proposals for a new 100 MW solar facility

Tucson Electric Power (TEP, Tucson, Ariz., U.S,) on April 5th, 2017 announced to invest in efficient, innovative technologies, expanding renewable energy and exploring new ways to reduce reliance on coal-fired generating resources.

TEP will continue to diversify its generation portfolio by expanding solar and wind generation with a goal of delivering at least 30 percent of its power from renewable resources by 2030 – twice the level required by 2025 under Arizona’s Renewable Energy Standard.

The company anticipates adding about 800 megawatts (MW) of new renewable energy capacity by 2030.

TEP recently signed an agreement with NextEra Energy Resources LLC to buy power from a new 100 MW wind facility. The company also is evaluating proposals for a new 100 MW solar facility that would be built and owned by a project partner.

 

TEP’s long-term strategy to build a more responsive, sustainable resource portfolio is described in its 2017 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) filed with the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC).

The plan describes TEP’s current resource portfolio, projects future energy needs, and outlines strategies the company will use to meet customers’ energy requirements over the next 15 years.

“We’re evolving from a traditional utility to a more technology- and consumer-focused provider of energy products and services while maintaining reliability, convenience and affordability for our customers,” said David G. Hutchens, TEP’s President and Chief Executive Officer.

“Our plan recognizes the continued financial and operational benefits of owning Units 1 and 2 at the Springerville Generating Station, Arizona’s most efficient, cost-effective coal-fired power plant,” Hutchens said.

“However, renewable energy, energy efficiency and cost-effective natural gas technologies will play an increasingly prominent role in our future resource plans.”

 

TEP could gradually add up to 100 MW of energy storage capacity

TEP also expects to make greater use of energy storage systems, which can boost power output levels more quickly than conventional generating resources to maintain the required balance between energy demand and supply.

Such systems are expected to rapidly decline in cost, and the company could gradually add up to 100 MW of storage capacity. TEP recently completed three energy storage projects with a combined capacity of 22 MW that are designed to provide grid-balancing support.

 

 

 

 

 

2017-04-10| Courtesy: TEP  solarserver.com © Heindl Server GmbH

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