TEP is striving to achieve the aggressive goals in Arizona's Energy Efficiency Standard. The standard calls on electric utilities to increase the kilowatt hour savings realized through customer-funded energy efficiency programs each year until the cumulative reduction in usage reaches 22% by 2020.
TEP recognizes that energy efficiency can be a cost-effective way to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. TEP offers a variety of energy saving options for customers, from simple advice about energy efficiency and conservation to incentives that encourage both homeowners and businesses to invest in efficient heating and cooling and other environmentally sound upgrades.
Download a copy of the most recent implementation plan for energy efficiency standards
2014 Energy Efficiency Implementation Plan – 6066 KB
Download a copy of the 2011 presentation given to TEP stakeholders
Stakeholder Presentation – 765 KB
Yes, although many existing programs have been scaled back or put on hold. New aspects of existing programs have been put on hold and new programs have been postponed until funding has been approved by the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC).
Energy efficiency programs are designed to satisfy the requirements of the ACC's Energy Efficiency Standards (ESS), which were approved in 2010 and require electric utilities like TEP to increase the energy savings realized through energy efficiency programs each year until the cumulative reduction in energy use reaches 22 percent by 2020.
TEP supports cost-effective energy efficiency programs that help our customers to use less energy. These programs are administered with direction and approval from the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC).
While TEP has received approval to carry out multiple energy efficiency programs, it awaits approval of full funding for all programs. Until the funding mechanisms are approved, TEP will operate as many programs as possible at a reduced level.
Energy efficiency programs are funded by customers through the monthly Demand Side Management (DSM) Surcharge, which is approved by the ACC. The current surcharge amount became effective on June 1, 2010.
Since then, TEP has received approval to roll out new programs and to expand existing programs. On March 16, 2012, the ACC discussed TEP''s energy efficiency implementation plan but voted to hold an evidentiary hearing at a later date to gather more information.
In July 2012, an evidentiary hearing was held before an administrative law judge, who is expected to file an administrative opinion and order later this year.
While TEP continues to collect funding for energy efficiency programs, the funds collected are not sufficient to cover all costs.
Yes. TEP will continue to collect the surcharge and use those funds for current, active programs and to continue processing applications that have already been submitted and accepted for programs that are being put on hold.
Reinstatement of existing programs and the availability of new programs depend on ACC approval of funding. You can learn more about active programs by visiting the Energy Efficiency section of tep.com.
Based on available funding, TEP will continue to offer as many energy-efficiency programs as possible that help our customers to use less energy and to reduce their monthly electric bills.