ARIZONA UTILITY COMPANY AIMS TO REACH ZERO-CARBON ENERGY BY 2050

While some federal policies fighting climate change are focusing on eliminating all greenhouse gases, the largest utility provider in Arizona has their sights set on a smaller (but no less important) goal–eliminating carbon emissions by 2050 and switching away from coal and natural gas-power to renewable energy.

WHAT ARE THE NEW GOALS?

According to their own news release, Arizona Public Service (APS) states their new clean energy goals are to:

Provide 100% clean, carbon-free electricity to customers by 2050.

Achieve a resource mix that is 65% clean energy, with 45% of the generation portfolio coming from renewable energy; and

End all coal-fired generation by 2031 (seven years sooner than was previously projected).

HOW WILL APS ACHIEVE THESE GOALS?

The plan’s goals rely greatly on APS’s Palo Verde Generating Station–the nuclear power plant is the nation’s largest clean-air energy producer and is helping the utility company get a head start on their goal by starting them at 50% clean energy.

The first milestone for the clean energy plan is to transition away from fossil fuel-generated power by 2031. The utility company has announced that they’ve, “committed to end the use of coal at the Cholla Power Plant by 2025 and at the Four Corners Power Plant by 2031.” In order to do so, APS plans to invest in renewable energy sources, battery storage, and emerging technologies such as hydrogen-generated power.

The short-term plan for the additional clean energy will come from a mix of clean energy resources. APS already boasts 1,700 megawatts of renewable energy and 850 megawatts of energy storage. The plan calls for another 962 megawatts of renewable energy to add to their existing proposals for 150 megawatts of solar + storage, 150 megawatts of battery ready solar PV, and 250 megawatts of wind power.

CLEAN ENERGY IS THE FUTURE,/

APS’s short and long-term goals are essential in building a future of clean energy for all. These initial steps lay out the groundwork necessary for leading other states in creating a sustainable standard for clean energy for the U.S.

As a company that firmly believes in the power of solar energy, we are excited to see corporations and utility providers make the transition from coal and natural gas to renewable energy sources. If you feel that you’re ready to do this in your own home or business, contact us today at HES Solar.

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NET ENERGY METERING 3.0 INFORMATION

Net Energy Metering 3.0 (NEM 3.0) is the incoming law created by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). The new tariffs and fees will impact both residential and commercial solar systems built in California. 

As this notice is posted in November of 2022, the Proposed Decision from the CPUC outlining the proposed NEM 3.0 terms is expected soon. This comes after a year’s delay. Once the new agreement is finalized and passed into law, there will exist a designation of the deadline under which new systems will continue to qualify for NEM 2.0 rates. 

The new NEM 3.0 rates will be designed to lower the value of electricity during the daytime hours, when solar is producing, and increase the value of electricity during the evening hours, when solar homes and businesses purchase electricity. In short, NEM 3.0 will create a “sell low, buy high” proposition to new solar system owners. 

To Californians looking to install a solar system on their home or commercial building, the NEM 2.0 rates will be preferred. As of this post, the solar industry does not know the details of how different the NEM 3.0 rates will be from the NEM 2.0 rates. 

Please use the HES Solar website as a resource to learn more, and please take our offer to speak with an HES Solar Energy Consultant at no obligation.

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Robert Laverty

Senior Energy Consultant, Residential

Robert Laverty joined the HES team in the summer of 2018, bringing his ten years of solar design experience and his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Puget Sound with him. Robert is dedicated to finding solutions to help families produce and store electricity in order to reduce their reliance on grid power as well as help reduce their household’s carbon footprint. Robert’s experience as a newspaper editor as well as his involvement with the sustainability-focused Rocky Mountain Institute drives him to constantly seek out innovative ways to meet energy needs through renewable resources as well as helps him share those ideas with Southern California homeowners. When not at work or volunteering time with his church or community, Robert spends time with his wife and two sons or pursues his passion of fly fishing.
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