US utility Arizona Public Service secured regulatory approval from the Arizona Corporation Commission to continue deployment of its energy efficiency programmes.More importantly, the approval includes the addition of five new programmes to help the utility’s customers to reduce power usage during peak periods.
The approved plan falls under the utility's efforts to enhance the adoption of smart energy technologies by its customers, and is in line with measures to meet the requirements of the state’s Energy Efficiency Standards (EES).
The utility’s current energy efficiency programmes, apart from its newly approved initiatives, is expected to provide 562,000MWh in energy savings - enough to power 40,000 Arizona homes for a year.
Arizona Public Service efficiency measures
The new energy efficiency measures for which APS received approval, includes the rollout of smart thermostats, providing customers with a $100 incentive for installing a thermostat.
Other incentives include HVAC EC Motors which are incentives for business customers to use Electronically Commutated (EC) motors in HVAC systems, which can reduce energy usage by 65% or more.
[quote] APS is also offering its customers rebates for business customers who switch from fluorescent lamps to LED lamps under its LED Linear Lighting programme. [Arizona utility enhances grid management with geospacial tech].
Under it new Behavior Demand Response programme, the Arizona Public Service aims to reduce power consumption during the highest system peak days of the year.
Jim Wontor, demand side manager at APS, said: “Pairing advanced technology with customer education empowers our customers to have more control over their own energy use.”
In addition to approving the energy efficiency programmes, the commission also approved energy storage as a component of the demand side management plan.
Energy efficiency in the US
In May, US utility Huntsville Utilities (HU) installed energy efficiency equipment for 400 consumers to help them reduce their bills.
The electric, gas and water utility serving Huntsville (Alabama) consumers plans to install the equipmen including heating and cooling systems in 1,100 homes by September 2017.
To date, 800 HU consumers have thus far been approved to benefit from the $11.7m energy efficiency loan which the utility received from the Tennessee Valley Authority to reduce power consumption for its consumers by 25%.
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