Be a Net Zero Hero
Tucson Electric Power is working to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050 while keeping energy affordable and reliable. But we can’t do it alone: we need your help.
By taking simple steps to save energy and shifting usage to periods when we have more wind and solar power available, you can help us fight climate change by reducing our community’s carbon footprint. In this way, anyone can be a Net Zero Hero.
Our new net zero goal extends our ongoing efforts to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. It's an aspirational target, reflecting our confidence that advancements in technologies such as long-duration storage, carbon capture and sequestration, hydrogen generation and small modular reactors will emerge as cost effective options. But it also builds on the real results we've achieved since 2020, when TEP committed to reducing CO2 emissions 80 percent by 2035.
That target, developed in partnership with the University of Arizona’s Institute of the Environment, represents our community’s fair share of worldwide efforts to limit warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius under the 2015 Paris Agreement.
We’re already more than a third of the way to that CO2 reduction target, thanks to our new wind and solar power systems. So now we’re aiming higher – or rather, lower: net zero direct greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
This ambitious goal is aligned with our 2023 Integrated Resource Plan, which outlines the next steps we’ll take to transition to less carbon-intensive resources while maintaining reliable, affordable service. In addition to supporting our carbon reduction goal, our latest plan will reduce water use by 80 percent while supporting reliable service at a lower cost than other possible portfolios.
Historic and Targeted CO2 Emissions (2005–2035)
We need customers to help us avoid unnecessary CO2 emissions and make the most efficient use of our clean energy resources. And here’s the good news: if you’re willing to be a Net Zero Hero, you just might save some money in the process!
The best, most effective way to be a Net Zero Hero is by saving energy. We can help, with energy saving programs and rebates designed to make it easy and affordable to upgrade the efficiency of your home or business. You can shop for low-cost energy saving products in our TEP Marketplace, including advanced power strips and smart thermostats that can help you manage your whole home’s energy use.
Shift your usage
Shift your usage to periods when we have higher levels of wind and solar power. Solar power is usually most abundant during midday hours, while our wind farms are generally most productive during the early morning and later in the evening, after the sun sets. You can use our Clean Energy Tracker to keep tabs on our wind and solar production throughout the day.
Earn your free hat, shirt or cape
Just fill out the form below to let us know what you’ll be doing to help us work toward net zero carbon emissions.
We also want to make sure you’re signed up for our PluggedIn customer newsletter, which includes energy saving advice, program news and other important updates for all Net Zero Heroes.
Then choose your hero style - a free hat, a shirt or a cape – and let the world you’re know you’re part of a team that’s working for a brighter future for our community.
Step 1: Commit to taking one step to Save, Shift or Invest in Smart Energy
Using less energy shrinks your carbon footprint