Prop. 127

UNDERSTANDING THE CLEAN ENERGY INITIATIVE

This November, you will be asked to vote on Proposition 127, a state ballot initiative that will affect our energy and environmental future. As your member-owned energy provider, our goal is to provide you with all the information we can, so that you can make an informed decision.

 
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The Clean Energy for a Healthy Arizona Amendment – Prop. 127 – if adopted,
will require affected electric utilities to provide at least 50 percent of their annual sales of electricity from renewable energy sources by 2030. Ten percent of annual sales of electricity must be from distributed generation.

 

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TRICO’S POSITION ON PROP. 127

Trico represents a membership with diverse viewpoints and needs. We are not advocating for or against the Prop 127 initiative. However, we want you to be more informed when you vote on this important matter. We have identified what we see as both the benefits and challenges associated with this initiative to help you make an informed decision.

PROP. 127 BENEFITS AND CHALLENGES

 

AFFECTS PROP. 127 WOULD HAVE ON YOUR MONTHLY ELECTRIC BILL

Trico has estimated Prop. 127 would increase the average residential monthly bill by about $40 per month ($480 per year) by 2030, which would increase over time as the requirement grows. The incremental increase would be over and above any normal bill increases.

 

TRICO’S CURRENT RENEWABLE
ENERGY STRATEGY

Trico’s mission is to provide its Members safe, reliable, environmentally conscientious and economically feasible energy alternatives. The objective of Trico’s renewable energy programs is to reduce reliance on non-renewable resources in the most econimical way possible. For Trico, a commitment to providing its Members with renewable energy alternatives is critical for many reasons:


Long-term energy costs  

Renewable generation can be used to partially offset the need to run more expensive resources at peak times, or to partially replace aged fossil generation when it reaches retirement. Renewable energy generation can serve to defer or avoid system investment in our current infrastucture. Trico’s power, transmission and distribution costs are higher than other utilities because Trico serves fewer customers per mile of line. Consequently, there is a higher value in deferring system investment with renewable generation than there would be for other utilities.


Fuel diversity

Renewable generation can reduce the impact of commodity pricing of coal and gas, as well as cost volatility associated with increased regulation or taxation of fossil fuels.


Member demand

Trico has significant demand for renewable resources from our Members. We support the installation of renewable resources, to the extent that it is an economically viable alternative to the current power supply.


TRICO’S ENERGY MIX

Trico Energy as a Percent of Retail Sales by Resource

2008

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2018

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2030

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PAST

RENEWABLES: 0.1%
Coal/Steam: 75.0%
Hydropower: 4.7%
Natural Gas: 20.2%

PRESENT

RENEWABLES: 13.6%
Coal/Steam: 35.1%
Hydropower: 5.3%
Natural Gas: 46.1%

PROJECTED

RENEWABLES: 27%
Coal/Steam: 15.0%
Hydropower: 3.7%
Natural Gas: 54.3%