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  For Immediate Release | 4-24-18      
  Media Contact | Nick Debus      
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Utilities Address Summer Preparedness at the Arizona Corporation Commission

PHOENIX — Electric utilities, interstate pipeline companies, and electric cooperatives today made presentations to the Arizona Corporation Commission to address their plans to ensure reliable services during the summer peak season. The companies must show their ability to handle customer needs for the season along with their contingency and communications plans in the event of an outage. Some utility companies are predicting higher peak demand than was seen last summer and have capacity in place to keep the AC’s running throughout the four-month summer peak season.

“Ensuring safe and reliable delivery of energy during the summer peak season is of paramount importance for the citizens of Arizona,” said Arizona Corporation Commission Chairman Tom Forese. “Consistency and reliability in energy distribution is a matter of life or death in the summer months, I am confident that our utility companies are prepared to meet the increased demand expected this summer.”

Participants in today’s workshop included Arizona Public Service, Tucson Electric Power Company, UNS Electric, Inc., Salt River Project, Kinder Morgan, Transwestern, and Arizona Electric Power Cooperative.

Arizona Public Service has a predicted peak demand of 7,165MW for its approximately 2.5 million customers statewide. Tucson Electric Power Company and UNS Energy, Inc. expect a peak demand of 2,863MW. Finally, Salt River Project expects a summer peak demand of 9,494MW for its service territory.

To view the archived workshop video go to To view the Corporation Commission’s online docket for this workshop, go to and search for docket number E-00000F-07-0199.

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