Tucson Electric seeks steady funding for energy-efficiency programs

Category: News
Published: 2019-04-17

Tucson Electric Power Co. has filed a new energy-efficiency plan with state regulators that would keep funding for rebates for efficiency upgrades and related programs unchanged through 2020.

In a recent filing to the Arizona Corporation Commission, TEP says it wants to keep the energy-efficiency program budget at about US$23 million as it rolls out some new programs — including some customer-based “load management” programs, and new incentives for electric-vehicle owners.

Those new plans were just approved in February as part of the utility’s long-delayed 2018 plan to meet state energy-efficiency mandates.

TEP’s planned load-management programs (which are aimed at helping the power company reduce peak-demand loads on its system) include a pilot “demand response” program to allow TEP to control participating customers’ thermostats in exchange for a US$40 annual incentive