Lea Márquez Peterson
Chairwoman

Virtual Town Hall to Hear from Customers of APS, TEP, and UNSE Regarding the Potential Costs and Benefits of Energy Decarbonization in Arizona

Click Here to View the Estimated Monthly Bill Impacts to Arizona Families Presented by Ascend Analytics

Click Here to View the Estimated Economic, Environmental, and Societal Benefits Presented by Strategen Consulting

VIRTUAL ZOOM EVENT

Tuesday, September 21st at 6:00 PM

Wednesday, September 22nd at 6:00 PM

Saturday, September 25th at 1:00 PM

 

 

TUCSON - The Arizona Corporation Commission is hosting three virtual town halls via Zoom to allow customers of APS, TEP and UNSE to weigh in on the reasonableness of the potential costs of achieving 50 percent carbon reduction in the energy sector by 2035 and 100 percent clean energy by 2050. 

According to an independent analysis conducted by Ascend Analytics, the cost to APS customers of achieving 50 percent by 2035 will be approximately $13.32 to $13.99 more per month, while the cost to TEP customers will be approximately $0.00 to $12.40 more per month. 

According to an independent analysis conducted by Strategen Consulting, the economic, environmental, and societal benefits of these costs will be approximately $2 billion. 

Across the state, members of the public have provided mixed support for a transition to clean energy. Chairwoman Lea Márquez Peterson supports a transition to clean energy when it is reliable and cost-effective for ratepayers but wants to hear from customers regarding the potential costs and hear what they think is reasonable in light of the potential benefits. The Commission has had many public comment sessions regarding the transition to clean energy, but, until now, the Commission has never hosted a town hall to request feedback from Arizona families regarding the reasonableness of the potential costs. 

“We have to weigh the costs of decarbonization against the potential benefits, including the increased economic opportunities, air quality improvements, and associated health benefits. Before we take a final vote on these issues, we need to know what the customers are willing or not willing to pay to reach a carbon-free energy grid in Arizona.”

The Ascend Analytics report gives the Arizona Corporation Commission and customers the first glimpse at the potential cost impacts. The town halls represent the first and possibly only opportunity Arizona families will have to share their voices and state for the record what they would and would not be willing to pay to achieve a clean energy future for Arizona. 

“As the only Commissioner from outside the Phoenix Metro Area, I recognize that this issue extends far beyond Maricopa County. I encourage ratepayers from all over the state, particularly from our rural areas, to participate. We need to hear from customers all over the state.” 

Chairwoman Márquez Peterson worked with Commissioner Anna Tovar to set times and dates for the town halls outside of traditional work schedules to ensure that it is easier for customers to participate.

Local leaders are invited to attend the town halls and speak or listen on behalf of their constituents. Information regarding how to join the town halls can be found at the bottom of this announcement. 

If you cannot attend any of the above town halls, your comments can be filed electronically via the docket by clicking here

For more information see Chairwoman Márquez Peterson’s news release.

For information on how to join the town halls, see below: 

 

Docket Nos.  E-00000V-19-0034 and

RU-00000A-18-0284

 Virtual Zoom Event

 Virtual and Dial-in participants will be able to provide comments in real-time during the event. In the interest of equity, participants are asked to limit their comments to 3 minutes.

 September 21, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.

 Click Here to Join the Town Hall via Zoom https://azcc.zoomgov.com/j/1619423958?pwd=cytTZlFJLzNDa2Eyb0ltRXFnVWxxdz09

Passcode: 439386

Webinar ID: 161 942 3958

or

Join the Town Hall via Telephone:

Dial: US: +1 669 254 5252  or +1 669 216 1590  or +1 551 285 1373  or +1 646 828 7666  or 833 568 8864 (Toll Free)

Passcode: 183367

Webinar ID: 161 120 8892

 September 22, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.

 Click Here to Join the Town Hall via Zoom https://azcc.zoomgov.com/j/1611208892?pwd=UGhITFUwR2IrblZOM2JoNUJOdXR6QT09

Passcode: 183367

Webinar ID: 161 120 8892

or

Join the Town Hall via Telephone:

Dial: US: +1 669 254 5252  or +1 669 216 1590  or +1 551 285 1373  or +1 646 828 7666  or 833 568 8864 (Toll Free)

Passcode: 183367

Webinar ID: 161 120 8892

 September 25, 2021 at 1:00 p.m.

 Click Here to Join the Town Hall via Zoom https://azcc.zoomgov.com/j/1612841002?pwd=TGdnUm1vdnh4WjdlelBQTG4wYlY3dz09

Passcode: 335983

Webinar ID: 161 284 1002

or

Join the Town Hall via Telephone:

Dial: US: +1 669 254 5252  or +1 669 216 1590  or +1 551 285 1373  or +1 646 828 7666  or 833 568 8864 (Toll Free)

Passcode: 183367

Webinar ID: 161 120 8892

Arizona Corporation Commission

1200 W. Washington Street

Phoenix, AZ 85007

 

Corporations Division

1300 W. Washington Street

Phoenix, AZ 85007

 

Tucson Office (Walk-ins only)

400 W. Congress Street

Tucson, AZ 85701