The Salt River Project is the umbrella name for two separate entities: the Salt River Project Agricultural Improvement and Power District, an agency of the state of Arizona that serves as an electrical utility for the Phoenix metropolitan area, and the Salt River Valley Water Users' Association, a utility cooperative that serves as the primary water provider for much of central Arizona. It is one of the primary public utility companies in Arizona.The name, Rio Salado Project, is used to refer to the improvement projects along the Salt River through the Phoenix Metropolitan Area, is not related to SRP. Wikipedia.
News Article | April 21, 2017
Arizona utility Salt River Project announced a 20-year power purchase agreement for a grid-scale, integrated solar and battery project that will be located in Pinal County.
News Article | May 7, 2017
A starving, struggling otter in Arizona was nursed back to health after utility workers plucked it from a canal on the outskirts of Phoenix. The 4-week-old animal was dehydrated and covered with fleas when three heroes from Salt River Project noticed the otter struggling to escape the drying canal. "He was calling for his momma, we assumed," Craig Boggs, one of the utility workers, told the local Arizona news channel KPNX-TV. SEE ALSO: These animals are getting the Lego treatment because conservation is cool "It would go back under water and fight and come back up," he told the station. "He was about to give up. He was pretty exhausted." Otters were once found throughout the region in the Salt, Verde, Little Colorado, and Gila river systems, until early settlers all but killed them off. Wildlife officials reintroduced the web-footed swimmers into the Verde River in the early 1980s, and now otters are common throughout the entire watershed. An otter family is said to live near the artificial pool of water at Granite Reef Diversion Dam, which is where the baby otter possibly began its harrowing journey, according to the Arizona Game and Fish Department. "While we don't know for sure, it's likely that as the canal started to draw down, mom abandoned the canal and the baby was too young to follow," Nathan Gonzalez, a spokesman for the wildlife department, said in a press release. After rescuing the struggling baby on April 20, the utility workers contacted the Game and Fish department, which transported the critter to their wildlife center in Phoenix. Workers fed the otter a trout mash mixed with kitten milk formula — and it was apparently just what the doctored ordered. The otter's condition improved, and six days later wildlife officials turned it over to Out of Africa Wildlife Park in Camp Verde, where it will live. An otter-ly happy ending, you might say.
News Article | May 5, 2017
This adorable otter owes its life to a group of utility workers who stumbled upon the animal while it was desperately trying to get out of a canal in Phoenix this week. It was just a normal day for the team from the Salt River Project until someone noticed the animal struggling in the water. Read: Rescued Sea Otter Settles Into New Home at Aquarium But Still Needs a Name “He was calling for his mama, we assumed,” Salt River Project carpenter Craig Boggs told KPNX-TV. “It would go back underwater and fight and come back up. He was about to give up. He was pretty exhausted.” The 4-week-old otter was in pretty bad shape, suffering from dehydration and hunger, and it was overrun with fleas. But workers at the Arizona Game and Fish Wildlife Center were able to nurse the animal back to health. Read: 2-Day-Old Sea Otter Pup Is Reunited With Mother After Being Swept Away by Strong Tide Now, the little guy is likely counting his blessings that the crew from the Salt River Project was in the right place at the right time. "Just one of nature's thing[s]," Boggs said. "You can't let it go. I mean, if you can save it. It's the right thing to do. I mean, didn't want to let the little fella die on its own. It's not right."
News Article | April 17, 2017
Platform expands intelligence at the grid edge to automate energy transactions ATLANTA, GA, 14-Apr-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — Landis+Gyr, a global leader in transforming the way energy is delivered and managed, has released its next-generation prepay metering solution as part of an industry-leading portfolio of energy and capacity optimization solutions. Landis+Gyr Prepay is designed to help utilities manage resources utilizing edge intelligence to support a more balanced, efficient and flexible distribution network. “The edge computing capabilities built into our prepay solution automate communication and decision making at the premise and provide a future-proof technology to solve resource management challenges across the grid,” said Lisa Washburn, Director of Software Product Management at Landis+Gyr. “Our prepay solution is a leading example of intelligence at the grid edge.” Landis+Gyr Prepay integrates with a utility’s existing CIS and payment infrastructure. Energy usage and account balances are tracked in the meter, with real-time account and usage information delivered to the consumer via a robust in-home digital display unit, as well as a consumer engagement platform. The solution is supported on the Focus AX-SD Meter and within Command Center 7.1. “Customers on prepay are among the most satisfied of all our customers. They typically reduce energy consumption by 12 percent,” said Michael Mendonca, Senior Director of Customer Services at Salt River Project. “Our customers have cited ‘control’ as their primary reason for moving to the program. They prefer the empowerment and flexibility of being able to react to energy costs in real-time, and to pay on their own terms.” Landis+Gyr Prepay extends the benefits of AMI to consumers by providing real-time access to energy data for greater control of energy usage. The solution provides flexible payment options to enhance customer satisfaction and provide a greater level of engagement. This, in turn, lowers utility costs associated with call center support, collections and write-offs. About Landis+Gyr Landis+Gyr is the leading global provider of integrated energy management solutions for the utility sector. Offering the broadest portfolio of products and services to address complex industry challenges, the company delivers comprehensive solutions for the foundation of a smarter grid including; smart metering, distribution network sensing and automation tools, load control, analytics and energy storage. Landis+Gyr operates in 31 countries across five continents as an independent growth platform of the Toshiba Corporation (TKY:6502) and is also 40% owned by the Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (INCJ). With annualized sales of more than US$1.5 billion, the company employs 5,700 people with the sole mission of helping the world manage energy better. More information is available at landisgyr.com. SOURCE: Landis+Gyr Contact Dan Jacobson | Regional Contact Senior Marketing Manager 1-218-562-5195
News Article | February 14, 2017
This story was originally published by High Country News and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The smokestacks of the Navajo Generating Station rise 775 feet from the sere landscape of the Navajo Nation in northern Arizona, just three miles away from the serpentine, stagnant blue wound in sandstone known as Lake Powell. Red rock cliffs and the dark and heavy hump of Navajo Mountain loom in the background. Since construction began in 1969, the coal plant and its associated mine on Black Mesa have provided millions of dollars to the Navajo and Hopi tribes and hundreds of jobs to local communities, as well as electricity to keep the lights on and air conditioners humming in the metastasizing cities of Phoenix, Tucson, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles. Yet, they’ve also stood as symbols of the exploitation of Native Americans, of the destruction of the land, and of the sullying of the air, all to provide cheap power to the Southwest. But coal power is no longer the best energy bargain. And on Monday, the plant’s four private utility owners, led by the Salt River Project, voted to shut down the plant at the end of 2019, some 25 years ahead of schedule. When the giant turbines come to a halt and the towers topple in the coming years, the plant will become a new symbol, this one of a transforming energy economy and an evolving electrical grid that is slowly rendering these soot-stained, mechanical megaliths obsolete. Here’s what you need to know about the plant, the mine, and the coming closure: In addition to these jobs, both mine and plant have contractors for various purposes and each of the power plant’s three units requires a major overhaul every three years, which temporarily employs an additional 400 or more people. These are highly coveted jobs on the Navajo Nation, which deals with high unemployment and chronic poverty. Both the Hopi and Navajo tribes got the short end of the stick — a royalty rate of just 3.3 percent — when Peabody Coal first got the leases to mine Black Mesa in the 1960s. The attorney representing the Hopi tribe, John Boyden, was actually on Peabody’s payroll at the time, and managed to get a sham tribal government to sign over mining rights against the objections of traditional Hopis, as chronicled by writer and law professor Charles Wilkinson. The mines — Black Mesa and Kayenta — forced families to relocate, destroyed grazing land, dried up springs, and wrecked ancestral Hopi shrines and other sites. The tribes fought back and eventually negotiated better terms. Both tribes now rely heavily on royalty and lease payments from the mine and the power plant, even as tribal members fight against the polluting and water-gulping ways of plant and mine. Prior to Monday’s announcement, the plant’s owners and the Navajo Nation were refashioning the lease, which runs out in 2019, to make it more favorable for the tribe. Peabody also hoped to expand the mine. Both the Kayenta Mine and the Navajo Generating Station use large amounts of water. The Bureau of Reclamation owns a large share of the plant, and uses most of its electricity to run the pumps for the Central Arizona Project, which delivers Colorado River water to Arizona cities. Salt River Project officials have been very clear on this point. They note that it’s now cheaper for them to buy power for their 1 million customers from other sources than it is to generate power at Navajo, thanks mostly to low natural gas prices. A November 2016 study by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory found that the Central Arizona Project pays about 15 percent more for electricity from the power plant — of which it is part owner — than it would if it bought power wholesale from the Mead trading hub located near Las Vegas. None of this will change even if President Donald Trump rolls back the Clean Power Plan or other regulations put in place by the Obama administration. In fact, if a drill-heavy energy policy is put into place, it will increase natural gas supplies, thus increasing the spread between natural gas and coal. Having said that, California’s move away from coal power lowers the value of the plant’s power, and the requirement that the plant install nitrous oxide-reducing equipment increases costs — so environmental protections do play a role, albeit a smaller one than economics. Although it’s happening slowly, the electrical landscape is evolving. The days of vertically integrated utilities that own huge, centralized power stations and their own balkanized grids are giving way to a new era in which utilities purchase power generated by smaller plants that are connected to larger, regional grids. California’s independent grid operator has already joined up with NV Energy, PacifiCorp, and other Western utilities to form an energy imbalance market, which allows the utilities to share generators — be they wind, solar, natural gas, or coal — to “balance” their grids in real time, rather than having to rely only on their own generators. These utilities are hoping to expand this market and then take it to the next level of a regional, integrated grid in coming years. The closure of Navajo Generating Station adds new urgency to this effort. The decision to close the plant came as a surprise. Until several weeks ago, the plant’s owners were negotiating a new lease with the Navajo Nation and considering shutting one of three units and replacing it with other energy sources. Meanwhile, the mine was looking to expand. Outright closure this soon was not on anyone’s radar, so there is no firm transition plan in place. The Bureau of Reclamation and Peabody are looking for ways to keep the plant running beyond 2019, but they’d have to do it without the other owners and against economic headwinds. When the Mohave Generating Station and the Black Mesa Mine closed in 2005, environmentalists and tribes pushed the California Public Utilities Commission to create a revolving “just transition” fund with money earned from the sale of sulfur dioxide credits from the shuttered plant. The fund, the value of which dwindled as sulfur credit prices fell, is supposed to help develop renewable energy on the reservations. There are little or no such credits available for Navajo Generating Station, however, so that approach won’t work here. The owners of the plant could work with the tribes to replace some of the lost electricity generation by building new solar, wind, or other plants on the reservations, where there is ample potential for renewable energy development. Two major transmission systems are associated with the plant, and could be taken over by the tribes to move solar or wind power to the south and west. The water rights could be turned over to the tribes, for use in agriculture or other purposes.
News Article | March 1, 2017
The largest coal-fired power plant in the Western U.S. will shut down 25 years earlier than expected. Environmentalists are celebrating, but hundreds of Navajo workers there are devastated.(Image credit: Amber Brown/Courtesy of Salt River Project )
News Article | December 6, 2016
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Knoa Software, a leading provider of user experience management (UEM) software, today announced that Arizona power and water utility Salt River Project (SRP) is utilizing the SAP® User Experience Management (SAP UEM) application by Knoa to improve employee experience and drive adoption for its SAP applications. Through its extensive user analytics, SAP UEM provides full visibility into user behavior and the effectiveness of employee engagement with enterprise applications. SAP UEM enabled SRP to identify application challenges and inefficiencies, identify screens that would benefit from proofs of concept for the SAP Fiori® user experience and SAPUI5, and eliminate the need for employees to remember process steps in order to recreate system issues. “Until now, our system-support users had no easy way of knowing exactly how employees interact with SAP, nor a way to successfully retrace the actions that led to an error and creation of a defect ticket,” said Gibbons Saint Paul, SAP functional solution architect for Salt River Project. “With the insights provided by SAP UEM, we are now able to resolve each usability issue in the most appropriate ways – through increased training, business process modification, development of an SAP Fiori mobile application, or whatever else makes sense for that use case.” Knoa is an SAP partner whose UEM solution is resold by SAP as an SAP Solution Extension, providing in-depth visibility into SAP user behavior. SAP UEM sheds light on every aspect of application usage and user workflows, helping to protect and maximize investments in SAP applications and upgrades. The unique insights it provides make it a powerful tool for SAP S/4HANA® migration projects, SAP Fiori or SAPUI5 development projects, or SAP cloud implementations (such as SAP SuccessFactors® or SAP Hybris® Cloud for Customer solutions). SRP began using SAP UEM in May 2016, as part of a project to improve user experience across the organization. SAP UEM analyzes all user activities across all business transactions, and provides insight into which transactions are seeing the most user activity, highest error rates and longest response times. SRP is now in the process of designing new application screens based on this analysis. When the new user interfaces are implemented, SAP UEM will help to confirm that employees are adopting and using them correctly. “It’s gratifying to know that Salt River Project has joined the long list of customers that are using our solution to flag and resolve user behavior issues while increasing productivity,” said Brian Berns, CEO of Knoa Software. “We are pleased that they are deriving value from our UEM solution to not only guide training, but also as essential insight for the design of new screens in SAP Fiori as part of their SAP S/4HANA migration.” SRP is a community-based, not-for-profit public power utility and the largest provider of electricity in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area, serving more than 1 million customers. SRP also is the metropolitan area’s largest supplier of water, delivering about 800,000 acre-feet annually to municipal, urban and agricultural water users. Knoa Software delivers on-premise and cloud solutions that generate unique insights for the optimization of the end-user experience for solutions from vendors including SAP, Oracle and others. Knoa's patented software provides CIOs and business executives the actionable metrics needed to help ensure organizations and end-users realize the full value of their enterprise application investment. Headquartered overlooking Union Square in New York City, Knoa provides solutions that help hundreds of global corporations and government organizations make impactful, real-time, fact-based decisions that enrich and maximize the experience for over a million end users. For further information, visit www.knoa.com or follow us at @knoasoftware on Twitter. SAP, SAP Fiori, SAP S/4HANA, SuccessFactors, Hybris and other SAP products and services mentioned herein as well as their respective logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of SAP SE (or an SAP affiliate company) in Germany and other countries. See http://www.sap.com/corporate-en/legal/copyright/index.epx for additional trademark information and notices. All other product and service names mentioned are the trademarks of their respective companies.
News Article | February 15, 2017
As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump promised to help revive the struggling coal industry. It’s looking like a tough promise to keep. In the past three weeks, owners of two of the nation’s biggest coal-fired power plants have announced plans to shut them down, potentially idling hundreds of workers. One plant in Arizona is the largest coal-fired facility in the western United States. “[We’re] bringing back jobs, big league,” President Trump said Tuesday after signing legislation that would scrap requirements for natural resources companies to disclose payments to foreign governments. “We’re bringing them back at the plant level. We’re bringing them back at the mine level. The energy jobs are coming back.” Yet even with his efforts to roll back Obama-era energy regulations, a lot of coal jobs won’t ever return, mainly because of harsh economic realities. Case in point: The decision this week by the utilities that own the Navajo Generating Station outside Page, Ariz., to decommission the plant at the end of 2019, decades earlier than expected. [Trump’s energy plan doesn’t mention solar, an industry that just added 51,000 jobs] The 2,250-megawatt plant has faced increasing financial pressure in the face of record-low natural gas prices, which have made it more expensive to produce electricity at the facility than to purchase it from cheaper sources. “The utility owners do not make this decision lightly,” said Mike Hummel, deputy general manager of Salt River Project, which operates the plant and owns it along with several utility companies and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. “NGS and its employees are one reason why this region, the state of Arizona and the Phoenix metropolitan area have been able to grow and thrive,” he added in a statement. “However, [its owners have] an obligation to provide low-cost service to our more than 1 million customers, and the higher cost of operating NGS would be borne by our customers.” Environmental activists welcomed the prospect of closing the plant, one of the biggest polluters in the country. The Navajo Generating Station was third on a 2014 Environmental Protection Agency list of major carbon-emitting facilities. But its closure would deal its community a significant economic blow. Between the plant itself and the Kayenta Mine — located roughly 80 miles away, it provides all the coal for the generating station — nearly 800 workers could find themselves out of work. Many are members of the Navajo and Hopi tribes, which also receive royalties from the plant. In their announcement, the plant’s owners said the tribes or others could still step in to operate the facility beyond 2019. [In West Virginia coal country, voters are ‘thrilled’ about Donald Trump] Less than three weeks ago, Dayton Power and Light reached an agreement with the Sierra Club to close its Killen and Stuart coal-fired power plants in Ohio due to economic reasons. The plants would close in June 2018, the company and nonprofit said. The Stuart plant, built in the early 1970s, has a capacity of 2,440 megawatts. The Killen plant, built in 1982, has a capacity of 666 megawatts. Dayton Power and Light submitted a closure plan for approval by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. The utility said it would develop solar and wind projects generating at least 300 megawatts of power no later than 2022. It also proposed a variety of energy-efficiency steps and grid improvements. The Sierra Club applauded the moves, which it said would save $37 million a year in health-care costs by avoiding more than 1,200 asthma attacks, 100 heart attacks and nearly 100 deaths linked to the two plants’ emissions. Both facilities are among the largest sources of pollution in the United States, affecting residents as far away as the Atlantic coast. “The economics of coal are increasingly bad,” said Bruce Nilles, a Sierra Club lawyer. State governments and utilities commissions “will do a lot to prop up” ailing plants, he said, but “it gets increasingly expensive.” Dayton Power and Light is a subsidiary of Virginia-based AES Corp. Trump’s ability to save the Navajo plant and others like it is limited, despite his rhetoric. Even if his administration follows through on its promises to relax regulations on the coal industry, those changes aren’t likely to change coal’s fading market. And if the owners of coal-fired plants lose money when they operate their facilities, keeping them running makes little economic sense.
News Article | February 15, 2017
TUCSON, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Tucson Electric Power (TEP) joined other owners of the Navajo Generating Station today in voting to continue operations at the plant through December 2019 if a lease extension agreement can be reached with the Navajo Nation. The three-unit, 2,250-megawatt (MW) facility is located in Northern Arizona near Page on land leased from the Navajo Nation. Phoenix-based Salt River Project operates the plant and owns 43 percent of its output. Other owners include the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Arizona Public Service and NV Energy. TEP is the plant’s smallest stakeholder with ownership of 7.5 percent, or 168 MW. Without the lease extension, owners would be forced to shut down the coal-fired plant later this year to allow enough time for decommissioning work to be completed before the current lease expires. A lease extension would continue power production, maintain plant employment and preserve revenues for the Navajo Nation and Hopi Tribe, providing continued support for the area economy. “We recognize the Navajo Generating Station’s value and support a lease extension that would allow operations to continue through 2019 as we continue to explore options for the plant’s future,” said David G. Hutchens, TEP’s President and CEO. “We look forward to working toward a long-term solution for NGS that balances the needs of the plant’s many stakeholders and serves the best interests of our customers and the community we serve.” TEP provides safe, reliable electric service to approximately 417,000 customers in Southern Arizona. For more information, visit tep.com. TEP and its parent company, UNS Energy, are subsidiaries of Fortis Inc., which owns utilities that serve more than 3 million customers across Canada and in the United States and the Caribbean. To learn more, visit fortisinc.com.
News Article | February 20, 2017
The Navajo Generating Station located near Page, Arizona, is the largest coal-fired electric generation facility west of the Mississippi. With an output of 2,250 megawatts, it has been supplying electricity to Arizona, California, and Nevada residents since 1976. “NGS and its employees are one reason why this region, the state of Arizona and the Phoenix metropolitan area have been able to grow and thrive,” says Mike Hummel, deputy general manager of the Salt River Project which operates the plant. That’s the good news. The bad news is that in a 2014 survey, NGS was listed as the 3rd largest emitter of carbon dioxide in the United States by the EPA. The story of the Navajo Generating Station brings together several disparate threads. The plant is owned by a consortium of utility companies, including the Salt River Project, and the US Bureau of Land Reclamation. The coal it burns comes from the Keyenta Mine located 80 miles away. The generating plant and the mine employ about 800 people, the majority of them members of the Navajo and Hopi Native American tribes. Both tribes collect royalties from the operation of the generating plant and the mine. Last week, the utilities that own the NGS made a decision to close it down at the end of 2019, about a decade earlier than planned. The cost of electricity from burning natural gas has plummeted, making it unprofitable to keep operating NGS. “The utility owners do not make this decision lightly,” Hummel told the Washington Post. “However, [its owners have] an obligation to provide low cost service to our more than 1 million customers, and the higher cost of operating NGS would be borne by our customers.” The closing of the Navajo Generating Station gives the lie to Donald Trump’s campaign bluster about bringing back jobs for coal miners and relaxing environmental restrictions on coal fired plants. Facilities such as NGS were the target of President Obama’s Clean Power Plan. Trump has promised to eviscerate that plan and has installed just the right head of the EPA to make that happen, but in the end it won’t make any difference. Simple economics are dictating the end of the coal era in a way that regulations could not. Coal is also taking a drubbing in Ohio, one of the states that went heavily in favor of Trump, swayed by his promise of more jobs for coal miners. Things aren’t working out that way though. Last week, Dayton Power and Light reached an agreement with the Sierra Club to close its Killen and Stuart coal fired power plants in Ohio by June of this year. The Stuart plant, built in the early 70s, has a capacity of 2,440 megawatts. The Killen plant, built in 1982, has a capacity of 666 megawatts. Combined, the two coal plants are some of the largest polluters in the country, with their emissions affecting millions of people as far away as the Mid-Atlantic region. The plant closures raise two important considerations. What should be done to help the workers who will lose their jobs find other employment, and who should pay for it? At the national policy level, it is good news that three large carbon polluters are being taken off line. At the local level, it is unfair to simply throw people out of work without planning for how to keep the closures from having devastating financial consequences on the workers. A national carbon tax would provide a pool of money to help retrain workers but, given current policies, those workers will receive only whatever unemployment benefits their states and the Congress provide them and nothing more. In fact, if Republicans have their way, the workers will suffer the indignity of being drug tested before they can qualify for any benefits at all. Some people think members of Congress should be drug tested instead. There is also a fine irony here for the Native people who will be affected by the NGS closure. The tribes will lose money once the royalties stop and hundreds of their members will become unemployed. The tribes could elect to continue operating the plant themselves but digging coal and burning it is at odds with the Native American ethos of being good stewards of the earth — the motivation behind the resistance to the Dakota Access pipeline project in North Dakota. The closing of three old coal plants is cause for celebration, but America must develop a comprehensive plan to replace the electrical power lost with electricity from renewable sources. It’s wonderful that natural gas is cheaper than coal and has lower emissions when burned, but it still comes largely from fracking, a process that is as destructive to the land as coal mining. It also is associated with massive releases of methane into the atmosphere, a gas that is far more dangerous to the environment than carbon dioxide. Unless America transitions to renewable energy, closing coal plants and replacing them with natural gas plants is at best a mixed blessing. As the cost of grid scale solar energy continues to fall, the day is getting closer when simple economics will put an end to natural gas generating plants just as natural gas has put and end to coal fired plants. For the health of all Americans, that day cannot come soon enough. Buy a cool T-shirt or mug in the CleanTechnica store! Keep up to date with all the hottest cleantech news by subscribing to our (free) cleantech daily newsletter or weekly newsletter, or keep an eye on sector-specific news by getting our (also free) solar energy newsletter, electric vehicle newsletter, or wind energy newsletter.