22 Years of Transmission

About the time we formed the Arizona Competitive Power Alliance in 2001, the ACC began a process to assess transmission needs.  They decided to up date the report every two years--hence the "Biennial Transmission Assessment."  I'm pleased to say that are now working on our 11th Biennial Transmission Assessment.  Here is the agenda and video.

If you are looking for summaries of individual projects, then this presentation from August 7th will have the information that you are seeking.  Here's the agenda and here's the video.  

Here's a screen shot from the Sun Zia presentation.

Sun zia BTA screen shot






APS Stakeholder Meeting

APS is hosting a stakeholder meeting on February 23rd.  

Here's the info.

APS will host a virtual IRP stakeholder meeting on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. to discuss a number of topics and receive feedback.  The meeting agenda will include:

  • RFP Update
  • 2020 Review and 2021 Updates
  • 2021 DSM Implementation Plan
  • Transportation Electrification Update
  • Coal Communities Transition Overview
  • Energy Rules Overview
  • Resource Planning Advisory Council Development and Timeline

Please RSVP by Friday, February 19.  We look forward to the discussion and hearing from you.




When I served in the Arizona House of Representatives I was surprised by the complexity of Government--and especially the number of acronyms.  At one point I asked a committee analyst for an explanation of what they all meant and she said that I needed to consult the LOA.  Naturally, I had no idea what the LOA was and she pointed me to the back of my budget book which contained a "List of Acronyms."

I try not to rely too heavily on jargon or acronyms--but sometimes you just can't help it.  I'm sure if you are even remotely interested in this blog then you will know that Public Service Company of New Mexico has filed its Integrated Resource Plan.  It's possible however that you needed a link.  Here you go. 


CA Shows us the Way?

Here's an interesting discussion of regulatory hurdles in  the Golden State.

To understand why, you need to look beyond the sheen of California’s impressive climate targets and navigate the labyrinth of cautious regulators and bureaucratic silos that critics say are stifling badly needed clean energy infrastructure — and will keep doing so unless Gov. Gavin Newsom demands greater urgency.

The article includes a link to the "must read" CAISO report on the Root Cause of this summer's disruptions. 

On August 14 and 15, 2020, the California Independent System Operator Corporation (CAISO) was forced to institute rotating electricity outages in California in the midst of a West-wide extreme heat wave. Following these emergency events, Governor Gavin Newsom requested that, after taking actions to minimize further outages, the CAISO, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), and the California Energy Commission (CEC) report on the root causes of the events leading to the August outages.




APS to host Stakeholder Meeting

The Company made an announcement this afternoon. 

"APS plans to host a virtual stakeholder meeting on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.  This is a follow up to the June 11th meeting which was held prior to the filing of the Company’s Final IRP on June 26, 2020.  We will send out an agenda in the next few business days and will file a notice of the upcoming meeting in the Commission’s Docket No. E-00000V-19-0034.

We look forward to the discussion and hope you will be able to participate."

Stranded Costs for Four Corners?

When the Competitive Power Alliance opposed APS's purchase of the Four Corners Power plant, we predicted that the purchase would be a financial disaster for APS.  Our prediction has come true and APS is attempting to cut its losses by retiring the plant in 2031.  This is seven years earlier than the planned retirement date.  

ACC Chairman Bob Burns has asked APS to come up with a plan to account for the stranded investment associated with the closing the plant early.    Here's a copy of the Burns letter.

If I had my consumer advocate hat on, I would argue that there is no stranded investment associated with the early retirement.  The rationale for stranded investment is that the company was required to make the purchase in order to ensure reliability.  The Regulatory Contract implies that in exchange for this increased capacity, the ratepayers on on the hook for any costs associated with the early obsolescence or retirement of the plant.  

However, APS purchased the plant over the objections of the stakeholders.  Sure, the plant increased capacity and reliability, but it was one of the more expensive and riskier options available at the time.  APS bet heavily on the long term economic viability of coal and lost.  They could have met their needs through low risk contracts with existing natural gas plants.  They assumed the risk and now they are trying to shift that risk to ratepayers.