DEMAND SIDE MANAGEMENT AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY IMPLEMENTATION PLAN FOR 2012-2013
A: As required by the Arizona Corporation Commission Energy Efficiency Standards, Mohave Electric, and other regulated electric utilities, are required to file an implementation plan describing how the utility intends to meet the energy efficiency standard for the next one or two calendar years.
Q: Did MEC meet the required filing date?
A: Yes. The ACC’s Energy Efficiency Standards require utilities to file the plan on June 1, of each odd year.
Q: What does the plan include?
A: The Demand Side Management and Energy Efficiency Implementation Plan (EE Plan) includes a description of the utility’s proposed energy efficiency programs, along with the cost of the programs, and an energy efficiency goal for anticipated savings.
Q: How will these proposed programs be funded?
A: The ACC’s Energy Efficiency Standards also require utilities to file a tariff (surcharge) as a per kWh charge on customer bills to fund the programs.
Q: Doesn’t MEC already have energy efficiency programs, such as High Efficiency Heat Pump Rebate and Operation Cool Shade Tree Program?
A: Yes. For many years MEC has encouraged members to use energy wisely; however, these existing programs are not yet approved by the ACC. The ACC’s Energy Efficiency Standards require MEC to also implement additional programs to achieve more aggressive savings. MEC proposes to continue the existing programs, and add new programs, subject to ACC approval. New programs proposed in MEC’s EE Plan include Energy Reviews and Audits, Discount CFL Lighting, High Efficiency Heat Pump Rebate, Refrigerator/Freezer Recycling, Low Income Weatherization, Operation Cool Shade Tree, Good Cents Energy Efficient New Home, and Education and Outreach.
Q: When will the EE Plan become effective?
A: ACC staff reviews the EE Plans,and then submits them to the Commissioners. The time frame for approval is subject to the ACC’s schedule, but is expected to be around January, 2012.
Q: Where can I get more information about MEC’s EE Plan?
A: The full text of MEC’s EE Planis provided on the Arizona Corporation Commission’s website: www.azcc.gov.