For Immediate Release: March 13, 2020

Tucson, Ariz. – Tucson Electric Power (TEP) is suspending two public open house meetings scheduled for next week as a precaution to limit unnecessary risk of exposure to the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Public outreach has been an important part of TEP’s planning process for the Kino to DeMoss-Petrie 138-kilovolt transmission line, a project designed to strengthen electric reliability and satisfy growing energy needs in central Tucson. The company has held two public meetings about the project and presented information to several neighborhood organizations, stakeholder groups and government agencies.

Two additional meetings had been scheduled for Tuesday, March 17 at the Quincie Douglas Center, 1575 E. 36th St., and Wednesday, March 18 at the Dunbar Pavilion, 325 W. 2nd St. But TEP is suspending the meetings in light of social distancing guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Information about additional public input opportunities will be posted later on the project website at Comments are still being accepted in writing and electronically.

TEP provides safe, reliable electric service to approximately 429,000 customers in Southern Arizona. For more information, visit 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. For more information, visit

News Media Contact:
Joseph Barrios
(520) 884-3725

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