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Affordability, Sustainability, Reliability: What’s important to you as an electricity customer in Mesa?

Post Date:03/13/2017 4:55 PM
  • Lead Affordability, Sustainability, Reliability: What’s important to you as an electricity customer in Mesa? Let us know with a quick 5 minute survey: mesaaz.gov/residents/energy-resources

Mesa’s electric utility, the Energy Resources Department, is currently working on our 10-year Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) to examine the different options for providing energy to electric customers (including solar, wind, hydro and traditional power sources) and is currently seeking citizen input. Mesa’s current power supply is 20 percent renewable hydroelectric power and the remainder is composed of the sources that make up Arizona’s mix as a whole (nuclear, coal, and natural gas).

Mesa receives its renewable hydroelectric power from the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) and is required to complete an IRP every five years.  The IRP process helps both the Energy Resources Department and its customers follow the best path forward by determining the best resources for its stakeholders.

At the beginning of the IRP process, all resources are considered viable for meeting Mesa electric customers’ needs.  These resources include:

1. Long Term Contractual Resources

This is where Mesa issues “Requests for Proposals” from energy suppliers whereby the suppliers can generate energy and sell it to Mesa for an extended period of time.  The energy may be generated by any technology that the supplier chooses, but typical supplies in the southwest region may include natural gas generated electricity, coal generated electricity, nuclear generated electricity and possibly some small contributions from wind generated electricity or electricity generated at hydro-electric generators.

2. Purchasing Physical Resources

Mesa may have opportunities to own the resources that could provide electricity to its customers.  This may include owning and operating natural gas fired generation, wind-powered generation or solar photovoltaic generation.  Mesa may also have opportunities for joint ownership in tandem with other utilities in larger resources, accessing economies of scale.

3. Demand Side Management

Opportunities may exist for Mesa to facilitate programs which incent Mesa electric customers to reduce their electric consumption.  This way, Mesa helps its customers to keep their demand low to avoid the cost of acquiring other resources. 

Through staff analysis and input from the public on what energy values are most important to them (sustainable energy options, affordability, etc.). We invite you to share your thoughts on energy sources in this 5-minute survey:

English version: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MesaEnergy

Spanish Version: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MesaEnergyEsp

For further information on the IRP planning process, please contact Anthony Cadorin, Energy Resources Coordinator, at Anthony.Cadorin@mesaaz.gov.

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