Tucson Electric Power has announced its intention to continue diversifying its generation portfolio by expanding its solar and wind generation and shedding coal-fired power. In the company’s 2017 Integrated Resource Plan filed with the Arizona Corporation Commission, the utility set a goal set of providing at least 30 percent of its power from renewable resources by 2030 — twice the number required by 2025 under the state’s Renewable Energy Standard. TEP is one of four utility owners that announced in February they plan to close Navajo Generating Station, the largest coal-fired power plant in the West, no later than 2019 and possibly this year. It also is losing 170 MW of coal capacity from the San Juan Generating Station in New Mexico, where one unit is shutting down at the end of 2017. TEP also expects to add about 800 megawatts of new renewable energy capacity by 2030. The company also expects to make greater use of energy storage systems.

– via PV Tech

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