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The most recent issue of the Business Contact newsletter is below. Additional information about rebates, energy saving tips and more is available on the Business Resource Center: Energy Advice.

January Issue

HOW WE’RE BUILDING A BETTER ARIZONA

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As we begin 2019, I am glad to share with you that our organization continues to take the strategic steps needed to provide you with low-cost, reliable water and power. This edition of Business Contact will provide insight on just some of the significant efforts our team members are putting forth every day to build a better Arizona. This includes proposing a net decrease in prices, adding more renewable energy, and building toward our sustainability goals for the future.

Thank you again for being our valued customer, and on behalf of our entire organization, we wish you and your loved ones a happy new year.

Sincerely,
Mike Hummel
General Manager and CEO

Decrease in prices being considered

We opened a public pricing process last month to consider a proposed overall average annual price decrease of 2.2% — the result of a reduction in fuel expenses and a modest increase in base prices. If approved by the SRP Board, the price changes will appear on bills beginning in May. This proposal incorporates and adds to the decreases that SRP initially implemented on a temporary basis during Fiscal Year 2019. It also includes reduced on-peak time-of-use hours for some price plans, as well as additional pricing options for residential customers who produce some of their own energy using rooftop solar or other technologies. Learn more about the proposal and find out how you can get involved at srpprices.com.

Share your thoughts about our sustainability goals

SRP is working toward a sustainable future for the benefit of our customers and the communities we serve. Our 2035 Sustainability Goals were approved by SRP’s Board in 2017, and we are now working to refine them within the next year. Now we want to check in with you. Let us know what you think about the goals by submitting your comments by Feb. 7, 2019, at srpnet.com/2035.

 

YOUR ENERGY GRID TO GET MAJOR BOOST OF SOLAR

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You will see an increase in renewable energy thanks to a plan that will add 1,000 megawatts (MW) of new solar to SRP’s energy grid by 2025. The plan will accelerate both the pace and the total amount of our solar energy resources by 700 MW.

"This proposal represents a growing commitment to sustainability that is both reliable and affordable," said SRP CEO and General Manager Mike Hummel.

According to Hummel, the costs for solar energy continue to decrease, making this the right time to increase our investment. In addition, a recent study has determined that our grid is prepared to reliably handle additional amounts of solar power.

"This proposal is a foundational part of providing programs that bring increased value to our customers while partnering with them to achieve mutually desired renewable energy goals," said Hummel.

Paving the way for more solar

Approximately 200 MW of new solar will be added each year through 2025. The addition of 1,000 MW of solar energy is expected to reduce our carbon dioxide emissions by about 5.2 million tons — the equivalent of the carbon dioxide produced by more than 1 million passenger cars driven in a year.

Learn more about renewable energy at SRP by visiting srpnet.com/renewable.

 

Did you know?

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Trees can create safety hazards when they grow too close to power lines. To avoid these hazards, follow these suggestions from SRP Safety Connection™. If you have a tree growing into a power line, contact SRP to have it evaluated for trimming. You can also stay safe by calling 811 prior to digging. This call lets local utilities know to mark the location of existing underground lines before you dig. Go to srpnet.com/treeprune for more details.

 

GET WATER-SAVING TIPS AT MARCH 2 EXPO

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Learn about water conservation and Valley water supplies at the annual SRP Water Conservation Expo being held March 2, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the SRP PERA Club (1 E. Continental Drive, Tempe).

Don’t miss your chance to attend classes and learn water-saving tips from exhibitors.

As one of the largest suppliers of water to the Valley, SRP hosts the expo to provide customers with an opportunity to learn about water conservation. At the event, you can:

  • Learn how SRP measures snowpack.
  • Get advice from landscape professionals.
  • Find out about water conservation products and rebate programs.
  • Discover rainwater harvesting principles.

Visit srpnet.com/expo or call (602) 236-3333 for more details.

 

TOP 10 WAYS TO SAVE ENERGY AROUND THE OFFICE

Bar graph taht shows perentages of top energy users in an office as follows: 31.1% lighting, 39.3% cooling, 11.5% office equipment and 7.8% ventilation.

You can improve your business’s bottom line by taking the following steps to make your office more energy efficient. We recommend the following simple no-cost/low-cost energy-saving tips as a starting point for your energy conservation efforts at your office or shop.

  1. Turn off lights and equipment when not in use.
  2. Use available sunlight to illuminate your workspaces.
  3. Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent lamps.
  4. Install LED (light-emitting diode) exit signs.
  5. Install occupancy sensors to automatically turn off lights.
  6. Control direct sunlight through windows with screens or film.
  7. Regularly change HVAC filters.
  8. Tune up your HVAC units (clean and check refrigerant charge).
  9. Install programmable thermostats.
  10. Purchase ENERGY STAR® office equipment.

Get more tips and advice for your office at savewithsrpbiz.com/office.

 

NEW SOLAR PROJECT FOR INTEL’S CHANDLER CAMPUS

As part of a commitment to invest in more renewable energy and reduce carbon emissions, we reached a 15-year agreement with Intel to provide energy from a solar plant that will be built in Eloy, Arizona, by sPower.

The solar plant will support Intel’s Chandler Ocotillo Campus, one of its largest global semiconductor manufacturing sites.

"We are excited this collaboration will drive new, additional solar facilities in Arizona," said Marty Sedler, Intel’s Director of Global Utilities and Infrastructure. "This effort helps support our portfolio approach to use a greener and more sustainable energy supply. Intel will continue to look for additional innovative ways to provide a more sustainable electric supply, globally, in all locations where we operate."

This project contributes to our sustainability goals, which include a commitment to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide emissions from power generation by 33% by 2035.

 

REIMAGINE YOUR WORLD

As part of our commitment to the communities we serve, SRP is a presenting sponsor of the Sustainability Solutions Festival, a program of the Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives at Arizona State University.

Events run from Feb. 2 through Feb. 23 and take place throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area. From free learning events to conferences for business leaders and documentaries for the lifelong learner, the festival offers something for attendees of all ages and interests. To learn more, visit sustainabilityfestival.asu.edu.

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