UES’ Value Proposition
Affordable energy costs are only part of the equation. Factor in UES’ reliable natural gas and electric service, nationally recognized leadership in renewables, robust electric and gas energy-efficiency programs and pervasive customer focus, and you have a utility company that complements the many other benefits of locating in Arizona.
Discounts for New, Expanding Companies
UES’ new Economic Development Rate (EDR) is designed to attract new employers and encourage existing businesses to expand their operations in Arizona. Electric bill discounts are available for up to five years for new or existing businesses that meet certain minimum load and job creation requirements outlined by Arizona’s Quality Jobs or Qualified Facility tax credits.
For example, a business that expands operations into existing, vacant facilities and meets certain requirements could receive a 30 percent discount on a portion of their monthly electric bill in the first year of the discount.
New and existing Customers taking service under this rate must provide written documentation to qualify for the discount. EDR availability is limited to a total customer load of 50 MW. Businesses of all kinds can profit from these savings. Energy-intensive businesses, such as manufacturers and data centers, especially benefit from UES’ affordable rates and high reliability.
Here’s an example of how a company opening new facilities in UES’ service territory can save with the EDR. In this scenario, a manufacturer on our Large Power Service Time-of-Use (EILPST) rate has a peak annual demand of 3 megawatts (MW), annual usage of 1,620 megawatt hours (MWh), and a load factor of 75 percent.
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An electric utility’s service reliability, capacity and infrastructure are critical considerations for any company in making a facility-location decision. UES’ system is robust, reliable and resilient. In fact, our reliability has earned UES repeated high rankings among electric utilities surveyed by the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), and we are committed to maintaining that high standard of service through forward-looking investments in system resources.
Commercial Energy Solutions
The UES Commercial Energy Solutions program offers rebates to commercial electric and commercial gas customers to reduce the cost of more efficient equipment including lighting, refrigeration controls, HVAC, water heaters, furnaces, boilers and commercial kitchen griddles. We offer several options to help businesses increase energy efficiency and reduce monthly energy costs.