APS Announces RFP


RPAC Members,

APS and 1898 & Co. are pleased to announce the release of APS’s 2022 All Source Request for Proposals (“RFP”). APS has issued a press release related to this which you can find here. The RFP is seeking offers from interested parties for proposals for resources in-service between early 2025 through June of 2027. Information regarding the RFP and how to participate is available on APS’s website at the following location: (https://www.aps.com/rfp). The RFP document that was developed with feedback from you all will be available publicly at this same website location.

We would like to extend our sincere gratitude for all of the dialogue and feedback received with the working group as well as the overall RPAC Members in the build up to this release! We are excited to see what new resources may be identified through this process to enable APS’s Clean Energy Commitments. Further, we look forward to continued dialogue and discussion with this group as this RFP process progresses and on the continued evolution of APS’s RFP process in the future.

The schedule below represents the expected timeline for conducting this RFP solicitation. We will share updates at our next RPAC Meeting on June 7th and look forward to seeing many of you there in person!

RFP schedule



City of Coolidge votes to Limit Solar Development

From the Coolidge Examiner:

COOLIDGE — Members of the Coolidge citizens’ committee aimed at preserving farmland and stopping the spread of solar projects clapped and rejoiced Monday night as the City Council voted to approve the removal of solar facilities from the list of permitted uses on local agricultural land.

An effort that has been nearly a year in the making — involving cooperation between the citizens’ committee, Development Services Director Gilbert Lopez and City Manager Rick Miller to move forward two zoning code amendments to the council — has proven successful following a unanimous approval of both.

New Mexico Energy Conference

The US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce hosted a national energy conference in Santa Fe earlier this month.  Here is link to the Agenda.   Give me a call if you would like to get a summary of the full conference.  This was a great panel that includes Arizona Corporation Commission Chairwoman Leah Marquez Peterson as well as Jeremy Turner from Pattern Energy.  



SRP Technical Conference

In the previous post I mentioned that SRP held a Stakeholder meeting last week.  The company also hosted the first of several technical conferences that will get into the details of how the company constructs the forecasts.  The  technical Working Session 1 Slide Deck is quite general, but will give you an overview of where the company is going.  Here's the slide that provides the contact information and schedule.  

Srp technical


SRP Stakeholder Meeting

Salt River Project held its first Stakeholder meeting since the ACC's rejection of the Coolidge Expansion Project.  Everyone wants to know what the company is going to do now that they have an 800 MW whole in their capacity plan.  

The short answer is that they are going to expand the short list in the current RFP.  But what if you didn't bid into that RFP?  Are you frozen out?  The company says that they will entertain unsolicited bids and that they are putting together a new RFP.  Here's the full slide deck.



APS Sues the ACC over SCRs and ROE

APS has asked the AZ Court of Appeals to overturn key aspects of the company's most recent rate case.

"Key aspects of Decision 78317 represent unlawful, and arbitrary and capricious, departures from the Commission’s prior approach to ratemaking, threatening the certainty of the regulatory framework on which PSCs rely. Indeed, independent financial-market experts have concluded that the Commission’s new approach has transformed Arizona into “‘the single most value destructive regulatory environment’” for public utilities in the country."

Interim Study Committee on Electric Issues

The House Speaker and Senate President have appointed AZCPA Director Greg Patterson to an interim study committee on electric issues.  

Click Here for a copy of the Announcement.

Membership of the nine-person committee includes legislators and others that are jointly appointed by
Speaker Bowers and President Fann:

Representative Gail Griffin – CO-CHAIR (R-14)
Senator Sine Kerr – CO-CHAIR (R-13)
Representative Sarah Liguori (D-28)
Senator Lisa Otondo (D-4)Malcolm Hightower, Director, Residential Utility Consumer Office
Greg Patterson, Executive Director, Arizona's Competitive Power Alliance
Russ Patzer, President, Arizona Solar Deployment Alliance
Ted Geisler, Chief Financial Officer, Arizona Public Service
Bobby Olsen, Senior Director, Salt River Project