TEP will still be using the coal-fired Springerville Generating Station in northeast Arizona, which it owns and operates with nearly 400 workers.
But starting in 2023, TEP plans to begin transitioning Springerville to seasonal operations, idling one of the plant’s two roughly 400MW units during cooler months and using both units to meet heavy summer demand.
Reaping benefits of green power
The 20-year green-energy agreement between TEP and the UA — called the biggest of its kind in North America — will enable the school to offset all of the greenhouse gas emissions associated with its purchased electricity, said Trevor Ledbetter, director of the Office of Sustainability at the University of Arizona.
“Building a sustainable future is one of the University’s strategic priorities, and this project will have a huge impact in reducing our carbon emissions,” UA President Robert C. Robbins said.
The Wilmot Energy Center is expected to generate enough energy to power the equivalent of about 26,000 typical TEP homes, Barrios said.
The Oso Grande wind project, consisting of 62 wind turbines on 24,000 acres near Roswell, has completed testing and is in the process of filing final federal regulatory paperwork before going online, Barrios said.