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Peoria Earns $19K APS Rebate by Shifting Operations

Beardsley, Jomax Facilities Participate in Energy Management Program


PEORIA, Ariz. (Dec. 9, 2010) – By modifying operations schedules at two water-reclamation facilities, Peoria has earned a rebate of almost $19,000 on its electric bill.

Representatives from Arizona Public Service and its demand-management contractor, Comverge, last week presented the city with an $18,785 check for reducing energy demand during the summer.

Earlier this year, the Peoria’s Beardsley and Jomax water-reclamation facilities began participating in a new APS energy-management program called APS Peak Solutions. Under the program, commercial customers agree to reduce energy consumption on peak demand days in exchange for an annual thank-you check.

“By shifting or delaying some high-energy processes for a few hours, our water-reclamation facilities are able to assist APS in meeting its peak demands and save the city money,” said Deputy Public Works-Utilities Director Brian Biesemeyer. “This is just one of a number of electrical savings measures that the water and wastewater utility divisions have implemented to reduce cost and keep our rates as low as possible.”

APS customers use the most electricity in the summer, which puts a strain on the power system. To avoid outages on high-demand days, APS must either buy electricity on the open market or build costly new power plants – both of which would increase rates. APS Peak Solutions helps ensure electricity reliability and minimize rate increases by providing financial incentives to commercial customers to conserve energy.

“APS and Comverge thank the city of Peoria for its participation in the APS Peak Solutions demand response program,” said Comverge Account Manager John King. “With Peoria’s help, we were able to reduce overall energy demand by 33.5 megawatts. Your participation in the APS Peak Solutions Program not only benefits the city, but also benefits our community and our shared environment.”

The rebate is based on the amount of capacity and energy reduction during the program year. It doesn’t cost the city anything to participate.

According to Biesemeyer, Peoria participates in a similar program with Salt River Project, earning rebates worth $13,205 in 2009 and $17,929 so far in 2010.