Approved plan continues energy efficiency programs, helps customers manage peak demand

August 08, 2016

APS’s approved 2016 Demand Side Management (DSM) plan maintains our focus on helping customers manage peak demand and adopt smart technology for homes and businesses.

The plan, approved by the Arizona Corporation Commission on July 12, continues the company’s energy efficiency programs and initiates five new and expanded energy-saving measures. In addition to taking advantage of demand rates and making simple behavioral changes, customers can now use these measures to engage in their energy use and save.

The DSM plan creates incentives and rebates for customers who install energy-saving technologies. It also initiates an event-based messaging test program that will notify customers about days when we expect critically high energy demand. The program’s goal is to reduce peak usage and achieve savings through energy efficiency on those days.

News release: Customers have new options to manage demand under approved APS plan

Residential and business customers are offered incentives for installing smart thermostats and devices that can increase the cooling efficiency of HVAC systems.

The plan also offers business customers rebates for switching from fluorescent to LED lighting and incentives to install motors in HVAC systems that can reduce energy use by 65 percent or more.

“Pairing advanced technology with customer education empowers our customers to have more control of their own energy use,” said Jim Wontor, APS Manager of Demand Side Management.

The Commission also approved an energy storage program that will encourage customers to lower energy use during peak demand times. We have been at the forefront of energy storage research and are currently piloting energy storage projects with the Solar Innovation Study and on the grid.
Our energy efficiency programs are anticipated to provide approximately 562,000 megawatt-hours of energy savings in 2016. That’s enough to power more than 40,000 typical Arizona households for an entire year.

The plan also shows our continued progress toward meeting energy efficiency savings of 22 percent by 2020.