PHOENIX–(BUSINESS WIRE)–APS knows what it takes to power an Arizona summer. The utility never stops planning to ensure the energy grid is ready with enough electricity and redundancy in place to continue to provide reliable electricity to its customers.
This was the topic of today’s annual summer preparedness briefing at the Arizona Corporation Commission. The plan’s highlights include:
“We are ready to deliver the extraordinary amount of power it takes to keep the lights on and the air conditioners running during a hot Arizona summer,” said Pat Dinkel, APS Vice President of Transmission and Distribution Operations. “Our crews know our customers rely on energy to power their lives. We do our job to ensure there is reliable power flowing to their homes and businesses. And, if the power does go out, we want to make sure our customers know that we have crews working through the night to repair damage and get the lights back on.”
Last summer, APS customers experienced the highest wind-, rain- and lightning-related outages in five years. In fact, the summer saw the second wettest May and the second hottest August on record. In total, APS lost 568 power poles. But the utility took the lessons learned and immediately put them to practice, building a stronger, faster, smarter grid for the benefit of APS customers.
“While promising no outages is outside of our control, we are heading into another Arizona summer well-prepared,” Dinkel said. “Summer is our season.”
APS, Arizona’s largest and longest-serving electricity utility, serves nearly 1.2 million customers in 11 of the state’s 15 counties. With headquarters in Phoenix, APS is the principal subsidiary of Pinnacle West Capital Corp. (NYSE: PNW).