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July 2019

SRP BOARD APPROVES STRONGER, MORE AGGRESSIVE SUSTAINABILITY GOALS

The SRP Board of Directors recently approved changes to further improve the SRP 2035 Sustainability Goals that will now include more aggressive measures to reduce carbon emissions, strengthen the grid to allow more customer choice, and improve water resiliency.

The decision was the result of a five-month inclusive process with a broad group of community stakeholders and customers to gain input, recommendations and support for revising our sustainability efforts. A public commenting period was held to solicit feedback from customers and generated more than 4,000 comments. As a result of this public process and in-depth feedback, the 2035 Sustainability Goals were updated.

The SRP 2035 Sustainability Goals, which were originally approved in late 2017, established comprehensive goals in five key areas: carbon emissions reductions, water resiliency, grid enablement, supply chain and waste, and community engagement.

Gary Dirks, Director of the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University, participated in the process.

"The energy grid is complex, and it takes a lot to transition to cleaner energy resources while still maintaining a reliable and affordable energy supply," Dirks said. "The SRP goals address the need to balance the reduction of carbon emissions with those key customer values."

Phoenix Deputy City Manager Karen Peters commended the goals pertaining to water sustainability.

"SRP and the City of Phoenix recognize that providing our residents with a reliable, safe and sustainable water supply requires a continuing commitment to a culture of conservation and wise water use," Peters said. "SRP 2035 provides a path to identifying and implementing an ongoing commitment to conservation efforts."

Key elements of SRP 2035 include:

  • Reduce the amount of CO2 emitted by 62% from 2005 levels by 2035 and by 90% by 2050.
  • Store more than 300 billion gallons of water underground.
  • In partnership with Valley cities, deliver programs that can help save 5 billion gallons of water.
  • Support the enablement of 500,000 electric vehicles in SRP’s service territory.
  • Champion forest restoration efforts to thin up to 500,000 acres.

Learn more at srpnet.com/2035.

 

Did you know?

SRP was one of 25 volunteer utilities that participated in the Light Up Navajo electrification project led by the American Public Power Association (APPA) and Navajo Tribal Utility Authority.

More than 200 Native American families now have electricity in their homes. SRP line crews are directly responsible for connecting 42 of those families.

"There are so many things we take for granted like running water and power, but families we helped to energize had never had either. It is very humbling that people are living like this in northeastern Arizona — in our own backyard," said Kory Nichols, Field Maintenance Manager, SRP. "As our crews worked, the customers really observed what it took to construct and deliver power. When we finished energizing their homes, they took the time to shake each crew member's hand and were sincere in thanking us."

According to the APPA, 300,000 people reside on the Navajo Nation, and nearly 15,000 families are still waiting to receive electricity.

Learn more at publicpower.org/lightupnavajo.

 

A LOOK BACK: HORSE MESA DAM

In May 1926, work crews began pouring concrete at Horse Mesa Dam. Horse Mesa was one of three dams constructed on the lower Salt River during the 1920s as part of a plan developed by Charles C. Cragin, General Superintendent of the Salt River Valley Water Users' Association. These dams were intended not only to increase the Association's water storage capacity, but also to expand its ability to generate hydroelectric power.

Horse Mesa's hydroelectric generating units were producing power before the dam was even officially completed in the fall of 1927, helping to offset construction costs. This electricity powered mining operations around the Globe-Miami area of Arizona. Today, Horse Mesa Dam continues to provide clean hydroelectric power and water storage capacity for SRP customers.

Visit srpnet.com/history to learn more about SRP.

 

JULY IS SMART IRRIGATION MONTH

As one of the Valley's largest suppliers of water, SRP reminds you that July is typically the month of peak water demand for landscapes in Arizona. The Irrigation Association named July Smart Irrigation Month to increase awareness about simple practices and innovative technologies for businesses. The following tips can help you save money, save water and see better results:

  • Consider replacing grass with xeriscape (low-water-use landscaping).
  • Install a WaterSense-labeled smart irrigation controller that uses local weather information and site conditions to automatically adjust watering schedules.
  • Make sure your landscaper inspects your system periodically for leaks and broken, misaligned or clogged sprinkler heads.

For additional information on how to conserve water, visit srpwater.com.

 

SRP EMPLOYEES WIN RECORD NUMBER OF TECHNOLOGY AWARDS

A record number of SRP employees have been selected to receive prestigious Technology Transfer Awards from the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) for their achievements in collaborative research and development projects. EPRI's Technology Transfer Awards recognize industry leaders and innovators who help companies transform research into solutions that can improve the efficiency of power plants, improve transmission and distribution equipment reliability, improve cybersecurity, and enhance end-use electrification — all for the end benefit of utility customers.

"Receiving so many awards this year is a real testament to the innovation leadership and hard work from all the SRP staff involved in EPRI research projects," said Chico Hunter, Manager, SRP Research and Development. "In the world of research, you try to solve difficult problems with no guarantee of success. These projects illustrate how SRP employees not only found solutions, but put those solutions into action."

 

BOOSTING WATER EDUCATION EFFORTS FOR ARIZONA TEACHERS

Arizona Project WET will receive a $1,000 grant for teacher professional development in water stewardship and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) literacy.

The funding was made possible thanks to our customers who took to Facebook and voted for SRP to receive the Cox Connect2STEM Innovation Award for Business.

The Cox Connect2STEM Awards, presented by Cox Communications and the Arizona SciTech Festival, honor STEM champions in the areas of business, nonprofit, education, media and after-school programs. Each award winner in all six categories receives a $1,000 grant to the STEM program of their choice.

SRP's education services programs include more than 25 STEM workshops that impact almost 1,000 teachers and nearly 30,000 students across the Valley each year. Learn more at srpnet.com/education.