Energize AZ > Key Enablers and Stakeholders > Utilities

IDEA 01

REMOVE THE DISINCENTIVE OF LOST REVENUE

The Arizona Corporation Commission adopts full rate decoupling or loss recovery mechanisms for all Arizona utilities under their jurisdiction.

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IDEA 02

REWARD UTILITIES FOR EXCEEDING ENERGY EFFICIENCY GOALS

The Arizona Corporation Commission rewards utilities with performance bonuses for meeting or exceeding energy efficiency program targets. Third party measurement and evaluation contractors report performance results directly to ACC staff.

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IDEA 03

EVALUATE EFFICIENCY MEASURES AT THE PROGRAM LEVEL

The Arizona Corporation Commission alters its cost-benefit analysis to look at all of a utility’s energy efficiency programs combined, rather than separately.

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IDEA 04

MEASURE AND REWARD HEAT ISLAND REDUCTIONS

The Arizona Corporation Commission permits utilities to count energy savings due to urban heat island reduction when calculating cost-benefit and incentives related to specific measures.

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IDEA 05

UPGRADE CABLE AND SATELLITE BOXES

The Governor’s Office of Energy Policy works with cable and satellite television providers to optimize the energy performance of set top boxes through Energy Star replacement and changes to head-end software settings.

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IDEA 06

PROVIDE ENERGY DATA IN APP-FRIENDLY FORMAT

A utility provides its residential customers the ability to download their energy usage data or share access to it with others in the standard Green Button format created by USDOE and utilities, thereby providing a scalable market to entrepreneurial software developers to create applications that help people monitor and manage their energy usage.

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IDEA 07

CREATE EFFICIENCY PROGRAMS FOR SMALLER UTILTIES

The Governor’s Office of Energy Policy or a non-profit organization offers and administers energy efficiency programs for customers of multiple small utilities in Arizona. The utilities cooperatively fund the programs through ratepayer fees.

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IDEA 09

PROVIDE ON-UTILITY BILL FINANCING

A utility provides, through a partnership with a lending institution, the ability for a homeowner or business owner to finance energy efficiency improvements and make payments on the loan through their monthly utility bill.

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IDEA 11

BUY DOWN PRIVATE LENDING

A local government marginally raises sales taxes on energy sales to fund interest rate buy-downs of loans from a private sector lender for energy efficiency upgrades.

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IDEA 12

ESTABLISH PERIODIC BUILDING TUNE-UPS

A local government or the Arizona State Legislature requires all buildings over a minimum size to undertake a retro-commissioning process every five years to identify problems and re-calibrate energy using building systems.

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