Our community impact
TEP’s dedication to service goes beyond providing safe, reliable power. Our company’s vision statement is to improve the quality of life in the communities we serve. This philosophy is woven into the employee culture at all levels of our organization, from senior management to field employees, power plant operators, customer service representatives and all others within the organization.
From serving on local boards of directors to volunteering with our community partners, TEP employees play a direct role in strengthening the places where we live and play. We strive to do more for our customers, neighbors, friends and families through direct contributions, in-kind services and volunteer support for local nonprofit organizations.
In 2015, TEP contributed approximately $1.8 million to charitable causes. It’s important to note that these community investments are funded from corporate resources, not customers’ rates. Our employees also joined their friends and family to contribute 25,000 volunteer hours to hundreds of nonprofit groups.
Here’s how TEP and its employees are working to make a positive impact.
TEP and its sister company, UniSource Energy Services (UES), focus philanthropic giving on three areas: education, environmental conservation and community assistance, which includes helping at-risk and limited-income communities.
TEP invests in the community through financial contributions, sponsorships and in-kind donations for nonprofit organizations. Our employees also invest tens of thousands of hours of their own personal each year in volunteer initiatives. We welcome questions and requests from nonprofit organizations for philanthropic and volunteer support. TEP encourages employees to give back to the community through volunteerism with nonprofit groups, faith-based organizations and schools of their choosing.
Nonprofit organizations also can apply for TEP Community Impact Grants, which are designed to provide significant funding for effective, sustainable community programs. Agencies often use their grants as matching funds to seek additional funding from other sources.
TEP also supports local communities through corporate membership in local chambers of commerce and involvement in other economic development efforts.
Educational programs & resources
TEP works directly with teachers and students in the classroom. Field employees give presentations about electric safety while members of our energy efficiency team teach lessons about renewable energy and conservation.
TEP provides links and free classroom resources for teachers and students to learn how to reduce their energy usage. TEP’s “The Next Generation of Tucson” can teach our community’s next generation about our company’s plans for a sustainable energy future.
Safety & reliability
We also work with contractors to follow important safety guidelines regarding construction and excavation work near TEP’s energized electrical equipment.
Proper vegetation management can help maintain habitat for wildlife and reliable service. TEP's certified arborists work with Asplundh Tree Expert Co. year-round to identify trees and other vegetation that are in danger of interfering with overhead equipment.
Keeping birds and animals safe from electrical hazards is an ongoing challenge. TEP has taken significant steps to protect wildlife from electrical equipment by collaborating with the University of Arizona and encouraging customers to report nesting sites.