Powering progress for Ari­zona

BIZ - - Biz Yuma - By Regina Twomey, Com­mu­nity Af­fairs Man­ager, APS

More and more ad­vanced busi­ness, tech­nol­ogy and man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­tries are choos­ing to call Ari­zona home. One of the rea­sons is clean, re­li­able and af­ford­able en­ergy with a range of ser­vice op­tions for ev­ery size busi­ness op­por­tu­nity. Our eco­nomic devel­op­ment team stands ready with the tools, re­sources and knowl­edge to help. We work with state, county, re­gional and mu­nic­i­pal eco­nomic devel­op­ment or­ga­ni­za­tions to at­tract and stim­u­late busi­ness in­vest­ment that cre­ates jobs and sup­ports a healthy econ­omy.

Here are just a few of the ways in which we’re powering progress in Ari­zona:

Clean En­ergy

To­day, half of our en­ergy mix is clean and will be­come even cleaner in the years to come. We are set­ting the course for a sus­tain­able en­ergy fu­ture that brings to­gether clean en­ergy re­sources like so­lar and nu­clear, ad­vanced tech­nolo­gies, more choice and en­hanced re­li­a­bil­ity for all of our cus­tomers.

En­ergy Costs

Over the last 25 years (19922017), our rates have in­creased an av­er­age of 0.9% for com­mer­cial and 1.3% for in­dus­trial de­spite 2.8% in­fla­tion. Keep­ing en­ergy af­ford­able and costs sta­ble for ex­ist­ing, start-up and re­lo­cat­ing busi­nesses helps Ari­zona thrive.

Re­li­a­bil­ity

Busi­nesses count on us to keep their oper­a­tions up and run­ning. We con­sis­tently rank among the top util­i­ties for re­li­a­bil­ity and in 2018 de­voted $700 mil­lion to op­er­ate, main­tain, ex­pand and mod­ern­ize the grid.

Grid In­no­va­tion

By con­tin­u­ally mod­ern­iz­ing the grid with smart tech­nol­ogy and power man­age­ment ef­fi­cien­cies, we’re able to bring our stor­age and distri­bu­tion sys­tems into the dig­i­tal age to de­liver en­ergy more safely, se­curely, re­li­ably and sus­tain­ably than ever be­fore. Ad­vanced grid sys­tems can pro­vide you with in­sight into your en­ergy use, let us know about changes in de­mand, and even de­tect prob­lem ar­eas and re­di­rect power to avoid or min­i­mize an out­age.

Con­ser­va­tion

Ac­cess to ad­e­quate wa­ter sup­plies is im­por­tant for power gen­er­a­tion. And in a desert cli­mate like Ari­zona, re­spon­si­ble man­age­ment of those re­sources is crit­i­cal. Which is why each of our power plants has its own unique wa­ter strat­egy to pro­mote ef­fi­cient and sus­tain­able use of wa­ter.

Com­mu­nity

Like you, we call Yuma home-a home that sup­ports our fam­i­lies, chil­dren, neigh­bors and busi­nesses. Which is why we give back mil­lions of dol­lars ev­ery year through phil­an­thropic pro­grams that ben­e­fit non­prof­its that share our vi­sion for our state. In ad­di­tion, our em­ploy­ees vol­un­teer their time to non­profit part­ners through­out Yuma and Ari­zona.

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