In its recent official report to the Arizona Corporation Commission, Arizona Public Service (APS) revealed that in 2010 its customers received 826,534MWh of renewable energy; a 26% improvement over 2009. In fact, APS received so much renewable energy last year that it exceeded Arizona’s energy goals for the third straight year. Over 3% of all its customer’s electric needs were met with renewable energy in 2010, ensuring APS that it remains on track to reach 10% from renewable by 2015 and 15% by 2025.
APS’s renewable energy comes from solar, wind, geothermal, biomass and biogas sources. The company buys its renewable energy from developers, owns its own facilities and subsidizes installations on customer homes and businesses. “Our customers have told us they want more of their energy to come from renewable sources, and we are responding,” said APS President and COO Don Robinson. “Renewable energy will play an increasing role in meeting the energy needs of our customers.”
Throughout 2010, APS stated that it doubled the solar energy generated from customer-owned rooftop installations and signed several agreements for the construction of company-owned renewable projects as part of the AZ Sun initiative. Additionally, 2010 saw APS’s Renewable Energy Incentive Program grow 66% from 2009 to include 5,100 new participants, which in turn generated 131, 413MWh of renewable energy.
The report and map with information on each renewable energy generation resource is available here.