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 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 | May 19, 2017
PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Hundreds of nuclear technology industry leaders will meet next week in Scottsdale to discuss the future of nuclear energy. The Nuclear Energy Institute’s 64th Annual Nuclear Energy Assembly will take place just 75 miles away from the nation’s largest clean energy resource – the APS-operated Palo Verde Generating Station – which has served Arizona as America’s number one power producer for 25 straight years. APS will serve as host utility for this major industry conference and supplier expo May 22-24 at Westin Kierland Resort. During the conference, the company will participate in discussions on the future of nuclear energy, advanced technology and ways to educate the public about nuclear energy. The conference will also feature the annual meeting of the North American Young Generation in Nuclear (NAYGN). “These bright, enthusiastic engineers are the future of our industry,” said Bob Bement, APS Executive Vice President and Chief Nuclear Officer. “We welcome the opportunity to engage with this next generation of leaders and blend our experience with their fresh ideas for innovation and efficiency to even better serve our customers and contribute to a better energy future for Arizona.” In 2016, Palo Verde generated 32.2 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of carbon-free electricity; since it began operation in 1986, the plant has produced more than 810 billion kWh, providing environmentally friendly energy to more than 4 million people in four states. “What does that mean for APS customers and all Arizonans? It means fewer carbon dioxide emissions – 13.2 million metric tons fewer – or the equivalent of removing 2.8 million cars from our streets each year, which helps protect Arizona’s fragile desert environment. The plant also helps conserve Arizona’s precious water supplies. It is the only nuclear plant in the United States that does not sit on a large body of water, like an ocean, lake or river, so Palo Verde recycles wastewater from local towns and cities to meet the plant’s cooling needs,” said Bement. “As the producer of 80 percent of Arizona’s clean electricity, Palo Verde provides the foundation for the reliable service our customers count on, especially as we head into summer and Arizona’s most active weather season, which brings monsoon storms and wildfires, both of which can threaten power lines and service.” Palo Verde is a major economic engine for the state. The plant provides strong job opportunities, employing 2,600 APS workers, and it swells by another 800 contractors during biannual refueling outages. Its annual economic impact in Arizona is more than $1.8 billion through taxes, salaries, purchases of materials and services, and more. (That figure does not include the actual energy produced by the plant.) In addition, Palo Verde is the largest single commercial taxpayer in Arizona with taxes of more than $50 million. Just as Palo Verde embraces its young nuclear professionals, it is helping to develop a new generation of utility workers, partnering with Estrella Mountain Community College and West-MEC Southwest to educate and train high school students who are interested in nuclear power plant careers. With a forward-thinking mindset, Palo Verde is a thriving resource that provides the backbone to the western U.S. electrical grid. It is the only U.S. generating facility to ever produce more than 30 billion kWh in a year – an operational accomplishment Palo Verde has achieved each of the past eight years and a total of 12 times. The plant’s three reactors can generate more than 4,000 megawatts of safe, clean, reliable electricity every hour, and Unit 2 generated more electricity than any single unit in the world in 2016, according to industry statistics. Palo Verde is operated by APS and jointly owned by APS, Salt River Project, Southern California Edison Co., El Paso Electric Co., Public Service Co. of New Mexico, Southern California Public Power Authority and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. APS serves about 2.7 million people in 11 of Arizona’s 15 counties, and is the Southwest’s foremost producer of clean, safe and reliable electricity. Using a balanced energy mix that is nearly 50 percent carbon-free, APS has one of the country’s cleanest energy portfolios, including both Palo Verde Generating Station and renewable energy. The company is also a proven leader in introducing technology and services that offer customers choice and control over their energy consumption. With headquarters in Phoenix, APS is the principal subsidiary of Pinnacle West Capital Corp. (NYSE: PNW).
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 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 | 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 | June 13, 2017
"We are very pleased to support this project with Bashas' and Viking Cold Solutions and to evaluate a technology that shows potential as an energy management tool for us and our customers," noted Nathan Morey, Manager of SRP Product Development. "SRP is excited to learn more about thermal storage technologies, which can provide energy savings for customers with industrial freezers like Bashas' and provide long-term benefits to all customers by reducing peak demand during summer months." This project includes the installation of the Viking Cold Solutions Thermal Energy Storage (TES) system and 24/7 energy monitoring within the Bashas' ice-cream freezer at their distribution center. "We continuously evaluate energy efficiency opportunities, as refrigeration is one of our highest operating expenses. We support technologies that provide greater temperature stability, helping us to continually provide low product prices to our customers. SRP is an innovative power utility, and we are excited about this partnership and glad we were able to come together to fund this project," said Mike Basha, Vice President of Logistics at Bashas'. SRP will also fund the third-party research analysis for the project, evaluating the TES system's Phase Change Material (PCM) for its efficiency improvements and effectiveness at shifting energy load from on-peak to off-peak hours. SRP collaborated with Arizona State University's School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, along with Nexant's Utility Services Group, to measure the results of the project and extrapolate the potential impact of this technology on additional low temperature refrigeration loads in the Phoenix area. "Our students are excited to learn more about the potential energy savings and demand reduction impact of this innovative technology, as well as how it can be deployed in more facilities to support reductions in the Phoenix area's peak load," commented Kristen Parrish, ASU Assistant Professor. "Cost effectively managing growing power grid demand and providing reliable and reasonable power prices to customers requires innovative solutions and collaboration from all parties – utilities, academia, industrial customers and technology providers. We anticipate that this project will provide a roadmap for deploying high-impact demand reduction solutions to refrigeration loads that were not previously accessible. As part of our commitment to cold-chain sustainability and reducing environmental impact, we are honored to be the enabling technology," James Bell, CEO of Viking Cold Solutions stated. About Viking Cold Solutions Viking Cold Solutions™ is a thermal energy management company that makes the world's cold storage systems more efficient by using proprietary Phase Change Material (PCM) and intelligent controls. The company's passive Thermal Energy Storage (TES) systems store energy, reduce demand, shift load, monitor customer facilities, and provide thermal back-up protection. The company's patented TES systems have saved over 8,100 MWh of energy, reduced carbon footprint by over 4,400 metric tons, and prevented more than $13M of product loss. Learn more at vikingcold.com. About Bashas' Family of Stores Bashas' Family of Stores – the family-owned grocer that operates Food City, AJ's Fine Foods, Eddie's Country Store, and both Bashas' and Bashas' Dine supermarkets – is an Arizona-based company founded by brothers Ike and Eddie Bashas, Sr. With more than 100 grocery stores, it is one of the largest employers in the state and one of the Best Places to Work in Arizona. Since the company's inception in 1932, Bashas' has given back more than $100 million to the communities it serves. For more information, visit www.bashas.com. About Salt River Project 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. More information about SRP is available on the company's website at www.srpnet.com. About Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering The Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University include more than 20,300 students and more than 330 faculty members who conduct more than $100 million in research, spanning a broad range of engineering, construction, and technology fields. Our six schools offer 25 undergraduate and 39 graduate programs on ASU's Tempe and Polytechnic campuses and online. The Fulton Schools' programs emphasize problem solving, entrepreneurship, multidisciplinary interactions, social context, and connections. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/viking-cold-solutions-partners-with-salt-river-project-and-bashas-family-of-stores-to-deliver-environmentally-friendly-thermal-energy-storage-system-300472892.html
News Article | May 11, 2017
Valley Women to be Honored at 10th Annual Positively Powerful Woman Awards More than 50 culturally diverse women in Arizona have been recognized for their leadership. Phoenix, AZ, May 11, 2017 --( The Awards are hosted by Dr. Joel P. Martin of Triad West, Inc. which provides corporations with specialist support in leadership development, diversity, inclusion and cultural competency. “For the past 10 years, we have been committed to bringing attention to the hard-working, culturally diverse, and critically important women in various industries throughout Arizona,” explains Dr. Martin, President of Triad West Inc., PPWA Founder and Executive Producer, and International Executive Coach for Women in Leadership. “Our mission is to celebrate the accomplishments of these women in ways that empower all people to live their dreams,” she explains. “With the addition of this year’s award recipients, we will have honored more than 50 women since 2007. There can never be enough recognition bestowed upon the strong, honorable, and powerful women in our community and beyond. Our event is merely the platform for providing the praise and gratitude they deserve for their contributions day-in and day-out.” The 2017 theme is “Change Makers in Technology, Education & Business” and the PPWA recipients are: • Nona M. Lee, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Arizona Diamondbacks – Global Leadership; • Lisa Loo, VP of Legal Affairs and Deputy General Counsel at Arizona State University, First woman of color to be President of the Arizona Bar Association – Social Justice Leadership; • Janet West, Consulting with Invictus International Holding, formerly VP of Marketing and Sales at Cox Communications – Marketing Leadership; • Jackie Wszalek, owner of Splash Printing and Marketing, Founder WOWOB – Entrepreneurial Leadership; • Rhonda Peters James, Senior Program Manager, Global Diversity and Inclusion Strategy External Partnerships Group, Intel Corporation – STEAM Leadership; and • The Blueprint for Womanhood, Life Paradigms Inc., the 2017 Nonprofit to be recognized and supported for their U.S. - Ghana STEAM program for young women. “Our women are making a difference globally,” Dr. Martin continues. “It’s time they receive recognition for their exemplary leadership, and we couldn’t be happier than to be doing it at the environmentally and culturally-aware location of the Desert Botanical Garden.” Sponsors to date for the Awards Gala include Southwest Airlines, Salt River Project (SRP), Desert Botanical Garden, Cox Communications, Care 1st Health Plan of Arizona, K.T.O. Enterprises, Rev. Sheriolyn Curry Lasley of Greater Bethel AME Church and Comfort Keepers, Molina Fine Jewels, City of Scottsdale, Arizona Diamondbacks, Splash Print & Marketing, AZ Informant and ABC-15 TV. The 2017 10th Anniversary celebration also includes the Global Women World Café to be held on June 9, 9:30 a.m. to 1:40 p.m., at the Fresh Start Women’s Foundation, 1130 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix. The Global Women World Café is a structured conversational process that facilitates and encourages discussions in small groups and then links groups' ideas within a larger group to access the collective knowledge and wisdom of participants in the room. For additional information on this year's events and past recipients, visit: www.positivelypowerful.com. Tickets are available for the 10th Annual PPWA Gala at http://bit.ly/2017ppwa and for the Global Women World Café at http://bit.ly/2017globalwomencafe. Phoenix, AZ, May 11, 2017 --( PR.com )-- Valley women will be honored for their leadership and community contributions at the 10th Annual Positively Powerful Woman Awards (PPWA). The June 10 Awards Gala will be held at the Desert Botanical Garden (1201 N. Galvin Parkway in Phoenix) beginning with a reception at 5 p.m., followed by the 2017 awards presentations and special recognition of all previous years’ honorees.The Awards are hosted by Dr. Joel P. Martin of Triad West, Inc. which provides corporations with specialist support in leadership development, diversity, inclusion and cultural competency.“For the past 10 years, we have been committed to bringing attention to the hard-working, culturally diverse, and critically important women in various industries throughout Arizona,” explains Dr. Martin, President of Triad West Inc., PPWA Founder and Executive Producer, and International Executive Coach for Women in Leadership.“Our mission is to celebrate the accomplishments of these women in ways that empower all people to live their dreams,” she explains. “With the addition of this year’s award recipients, we will have honored more than 50 women since 2007. There can never be enough recognition bestowed upon the strong, honorable, and powerful women in our community and beyond. Our event is merely the platform for providing the praise and gratitude they deserve for their contributions day-in and day-out.”The 2017 theme is “Change Makers in Technology, Education & Business” and the PPWA recipients are:• Nona M. Lee, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Arizona Diamondbacks – Global Leadership;• Lisa Loo, VP of Legal Affairs and Deputy General Counsel at Arizona State University,First woman of color to be President of the Arizona Bar Association – Social Justice Leadership;• Janet West, Consulting with Invictus International Holding, formerly VP of Marketing and Sales at Cox Communications – Marketing Leadership;• Jackie Wszalek, owner of Splash Printing and Marketing, Founder WOWOB – Entrepreneurial Leadership;• Rhonda Peters James, Senior Program Manager, Global Diversity and Inclusion Strategy External Partnerships Group, Intel Corporation – STEAM Leadership; and• The Blueprint for Womanhood, Life Paradigms Inc., the 2017 Nonprofit to be recognized and supported for their U.S. - Ghana STEAM program for young women.“Our women are making a difference globally,” Dr. Martin continues. “It’s time they receive recognition for their exemplary leadership, and we couldn’t be happier than to be doing it at the environmentally and culturally-aware location of the Desert Botanical Garden.”Sponsors to date for the Awards Gala include Southwest Airlines, Salt River Project (SRP), Desert Botanical Garden, Cox Communications, Care 1st Health Plan of Arizona, K.T.O. Enterprises, Rev. Sheriolyn Curry Lasley of Greater Bethel AME Church and Comfort Keepers, Molina Fine Jewels, City of Scottsdale, Arizona Diamondbacks, Splash Print & Marketing, AZ Informant and ABC-15 TV.The 2017 10th Anniversary celebration also includes the Global Women World Café to be held on June 9, 9:30 a.m. to 1:40 p.m., at the Fresh Start Women’s Foundation, 1130 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix. The Global Women World Café is a structured conversational process that facilitates and encourages discussions in small groups and then links groups' ideas within a larger group to access the collective knowledge and wisdom of participants in the room.For additional information on this year's events and past recipients, visit:www.positivelypowerful.com. Tickets are available for the 10th Annual PPWA Gala at http://bit.ly/2017ppwa and for the Global Women World Café at http://bit.ly/2017globalwomencafe. 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Salt River Project | Date: 2016-10-28
Systems and methods for redundant power supply may operate in conjunction with an electrical grid having multiple electrically independent subsections and/or substations. A first power distribution path from a first subsection of the electrical grid is electrically independent from a second power distribution path from a second subsection of the electrical grid, and the power distribution paths may originate from electrically independent subsections of the electrical grid. The first and second power distribution paths may be provided to a structure.
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 | 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.