Utilities

sign for the town of Queen Creek
The town of Queen Creek will be getting more water from the Colorado River under a new deal approved by the Arizona Department of Water Resources. Under the deal, Queen Creek would get about 1,100 acre-feet of Colorado River water each year to help the town of about 42,000 people continue to grow.
Sep. 5, 2020
water faucet
Phoenix’s Water director wants to make emergency action taken during the pandemic permanent.
Sep. 2, 2020
Power lines
Last week, Arizona Public Service, the Salt River Project and Tucson Electric Power all asked customers to conserve power, even if that meant raising their thermostats during peak hours and peak heat. The Arizona Corporation Commission met Aug. 21 to discuss the possibility of rolling blackouts in Arizona if the demand for electricity continues.
Aug. 24, 2020
An APS utility meter on a home
Corporation Commissioner Lea Marquez-Peterson called an emergency, informal meeting of the Arizona Corporation Commission Friday to address the demand for electricity amid record-breaking heat.
Aug. 22, 2020
Palo Verde nuclear generating station
Temperatures in Arizona are so high the weather maps are running out of colors, and the Salt River Project recently lost a key Phoenix transmission line to the Salt Fire. It’s no surprise, then, that utility companies are urging customers to back off on peak energy consumption. But how does the grid make such adjustments?
Aug. 20, 2020
A night view of an experimental high flow at Glen Canyon Dam in 2012.
The Bureau of Reclamation is releasing water below Glen Canyon Dam to create power as excessive heat continues to drive demand. The water releases will lead to rising levels on the Colorado River.
Aug. 19, 2020
An APS utility meter on a home
Arizona Public Service and Tucson Electric Power put out a call Aug. 19 asking customers to conserve energy especially during peak hours. There is the possibility that demand could exceed what utilities have prepared for, and Arizona Corporation Commissioner Lea Marquez Peterson wants to make sure they are ready.
Aug. 19, 2020
Power lines
Rolling blackouts in California follow a heat wave that has hit Arizona hard this summer, too, leading to concerns about Arizona utilities' ability to keep up with demand.
Aug. 18, 2020
AC thermostat
Residents are dealing with one of the driest monsoon seasons in the state and a pandemic on top of record breaking temperatures resulting in higher utility bills.
Aug. 11, 2020
solar panels
Salt River Project says 21 more businesses, cities and education organizations have signed agreements with the utility to get a portion of their power from solar sources. Apple, Target, Arizona State University and Boeing are among the customers included in SRP’s sustainable energy expansion.
Aug. 10, 2020
Republic Services
The coronavirus pandemic has increased the amount of waste we create at home. But, the nation’s second largest waste manager is having mixed results taking care of all the trash. Phoenix-based Republic Services reported second quarter earnings on Thursday.
Aug. 9, 2020
Arizona Supreme Court building
In a 6-1 decision, the justices rejected claims by the owners of Johnson Utilities that there was no constitutional authority for the regulators to appoint an interim manager as it did two years ago.
Aug. 1, 2020

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