More than 70% are to come from renewable energy sources, cutting carbon emissions by 80% in the next 15 years. Coal-fired plants are proposed to retire until 2032.
The Integrated Resource Plan TEP filed with the Arizona Corporation Commission on Friday (26 June) was developed together with the Institute of the Environment of the University of California as well as a diverse group of environmental activists, government representatives, customers and community leaders. It reduces the reliance on coal effectively by closing down two units of the coal fired Springerville Generating Station in 2027 and 2032 while at the same time installing 2,457 MW of wind and solar power systems as well as 1,400 MW of new energy storage systems.
“We know our customers count on us to make smart energy choices that keep our service affordable and reliable while protecting our environment,” says TEP President and COO Susan Gray. “Our new resource plan ensures we can continue satisfying our customers’ high expectations while providing a clear path to a sustainable energy future for our community.”