Courtesy of General Manager Bradley Albert, on February 10th from 1-3pm more than 15 QESST Students, from ASU and UofA, visited the headquarters of the biggest utility company in Arizona. GM Albert gave a detailed explanation of how the energy portfolio works at state and SW region levels, and showed us the daily challenges the company faces in order to provide a constant flow of electricity at the best cost to all users. The percentage of renewable energy in the portfolio is of 10%, with a capacity of 840 MWs of solar. Resource management is key to achieving the low costs of electricity, considering the “duck curve” and the dependency of solar on uninterrupted irradiance, as well as varying demands of costumers.
If you want to learn more about APS, check out their ASU Student Tour – 02102017.