Red Russell Community

Frank E. “Red” Russell

Frank E. “Red” Russell wasn’t just a company founder and its first manager. He also served on the Tucson City Council, helped start Tucson’s volunteer fire department and served as fire chief from 1898 to 1903 and again from 1905 to 1906. As if he wasn’t busy enough, Red also sold and repaired electrical equipment,


Robert A. Elliott

Many well-known Tucsonans have served on Tucson Electric Power’s board of directors, including Albert Steinfeld, Hiram  Corbett, Carlos Ronstadt, John Sundt, John P. Schaefer, Katheryn Dusenberry, Jose Canchola and Donald Shropshire. The current board of TEP’s parent company is led by University of Arizona basketball legend Robert A. Elliott, President of Elliott Accounting.

Goundbreaking Solar

Tucson Electric Power’s status as a solar energy leader dates back to at least 2004, when the giant solar array at the company’s Springerville Generating Station produced more energy than any other photovoltaic array on the planet. Although a 5 megawatt system in eastern Germany boasted a slightly larger capacity, TEP’s 4.6 megawatt system was


Building Bathrooms in Bolivia

Mark Mansfield, Tucson Electric Power’s Vice President of Energy Resources, and five University of Arizona students built outhouses in Bolivia with local residents as part of Engineers Without Borders. Mark is a professional mentor for the UA chapter of the nonprofit humanitarian organization that supports engineering projects in third-world countries, primarily to improve water and

‘Machine Doctors’ Win International Reliability Award

They’re doctors for machines – predicting when bearings or other parts in motors and pumps are starting to go bad so they can be replaced or fixed before the larger piece of equipment fails. Tucson Electric Power’s Plant Maintenance Optimization Group at the Springerville Generating Station, or SGS, saved the company more than $1 million