Meeting Member Needs

Arizona G&T Cooperatives is a not-for-profit utility, owned by our Member cooperatives.

New regulatory requirements have led to significantly higher electric bills for most consumers across the nation. We have not been immune from such rate increases, but controlling costs remains one of our top priorities. Recent examples:

  • We saved $240,000 by installing new technology upgrades in-house rather than depending on the manufacturer. Upgrades to our supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) and emergency management system (EMS) made the systems run faster and more efficiently. The project earned the admiration of Ryan Lacy of GE Power Software Solutions, who said, “The collaboration between GE and Arizona G&T Cooperatives resulted in the fastest and most comprehensive implementation of a SCADA/EMS upgrade in our experience. This project sets the bar for future partnerships.”
Using in-house personnel to install SCADA/EMS upgrades saved an estimated $240,000 in 2018. From left, Robert Cubley, Jace Lewis, Craig Bear, Ryan Manzo, Eric Jensen and Richard Cole helped implement the upgrades.
  • We continue to add new customers, which benefits all Members and customers. 2018 was our first full year of serving Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, a public power district with 19 million customers. MWD is our newest Class D Member. This provided new revenue to drive down our scheduling and trading fees.
  • We’re expanding our transmission footprint, increasing reliability and positioning AzGT and our Members and customers for future growth.
  • We found affordable and efficient ways to meet new EPA regulations. We converted one of our two coal-fired units at Apache Station to natural gas, and added emission controls to the other coal unit at significantly lower cost than EPA’s proposal.

Various federal and state regulators affect Arizona G&T Cooperatives, including the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC), which regulates our rates, facilities sitings and other issues.