Arizona Utilities Pay Business Customers to Conserve Energy

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Americans have complained loudly over the last year or two about the higher prices we pay for gasoline, natural gas and home heating oil, and our political leaders have put forth solutions they hope will, at the very least, appease voters as they head to the polls. In the midst of all of this rhetoric, though, we hear very little of the word “conservation.” Most Americans know that conservation should be a part of the plan to lessen our use of fossil fuels, but we’re not so good at following up on that knowledge. Conservation equals sacrifice in our minds, either in terms of levels of material comfort, or in heavy investments needed to conserve more energy.

While those mental equations don’t paint a completely correct picture, business owners who want to use energy more efficiently in their plants or offices usually do require a fairly sizeable initial investment. In Arizona, two of the state’s utlitity companies have announced programs to create incentives for businesses in the state to use energy more efficiently by helping offset some of those up-front costs. The Arizona Public Service Co.’s new Business Solutions Program pays customers rebates for implementing certain efficiency measures, while Salt River Project is expanding a program that encourages business owners to install solar power arrays on their buildings.

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