July 9, 2020
ESA Calls on Arizona to Adopt a Peak Demand Reduction Program to Facilitate Greater Storage Deployment
ESA submitted comments to the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) today on the state’s Third Revised Energy Rules (Docket no. RU-00000A-18-0284) issued on February 18, 2020 to recommend the adoption of a state-wide peak demand reduction program that employs the use of energy storage to help achieve the state’s clean energy and sustainability goals. ESA shared key features of a successful peak demand reduction program utilizing energy storage. Additionally, ESA provided summaries of peak demand reduction programs relying on energy storage in Massachusetts and Vermont, as examples from which Arizona can draw insight.
ESA expressed support of the Commission’s proposed focus on reforming the state’s IRP process (including the proposal to procure resources using all-source RFPs) and the Commission Staff proposal to consider total life-cycle cost when comparing energy solutions proposed in utility IRPs.