Tucson Residents, Businesses Call for Reinstatement of Energy Efficiency Programsby Hot Off The Press (Release) on Jul. 11, 2012, under Press Releases
TUCSON, Arizona – Wednesday, July 11than Arizona Corporation Commission Administrative Law Judge will hear public testimony in support of reinstating Tucson Electric Power’s (TEP) money- and energy-saving programs. More than 320 letters from residential and business customers and contractors—virtually all in support of the programs–have been delivered for the Judge’s consideration prior to the hearing.
According to TEP reports, past 2009-2011 energy efficiency programs helped customers save more than $150 million in avoided energy, water, and emissions costs. These programs include TEP’s flagship Brightsave home energy audit and retrofit program as well as business and commercial Energy Solutions programs. Contractors note that the programs have benefitted the local economy and created jobs.
Newer programs that also are on hold provide energy efficiency to new segments of TEP’s customer base, including:
- Schools Facilities Programto help schools upgrade their facilities.
- Multi-Family Housing Efficiency Programto provide renters with savings opportunities.
- Retro-Commissioning Programto help commercial and industrial customers improve existing building performance.
- Residential Energy Financing Programin partnership with a local credit union to offer low-interest loans for efficiency improvements.
Several of the original programs and the new programs were put on hold in spring 2012, until the energy efficiency investment mechanism could be reset for the utility. It is on the timing of this point that the Judge will provide direction, and supporters are asking that the programs be reinstated sooner rather than later.
Evidentiary hearing on TEP’s application for approval of its Modified 2012 Energy Efficiency Implementation Plan, including public comment.
July 11th, 2012. Public comment begins at 10 a.m.
Arizona Corporation Commission – Tucson Office
400 W. Congress Street