Our community impact

UES’ dedication to service goes beyond providing safe, reliable gas and electric service. Our company’s vision statement is to improve the quality of life in the communities we serve. This philosophy is woven into the employee culture at all levels of our organization, from senior management to field employees, power plant operators, customer service representatives and all others within the organization.

From serving on local boards of directors to volunteering with our community partners, UES employees play a direct role in strengthening the places where we live and play. We strive to do more for our customers, neighbors, friends and families through direct contributions, in-kind services and volunteer support for local nonprofit organizations.

In 2015, UES contributed approximately $323,000 to charitable causes. It's important to note that these community investments are funded from corporate resources, not customers' rates. Our employees also joined their friends and family to contribute more than 4,400 volunteer hours to hundreds of nonprofit groups.

Here’s how UES and its employees are working to make a positive impact.

Community investment

UES and its sister company, Tucson Electric Power (TEP), focus philanthropic giving on three areas: education, environmental conservation and community assistance, which includes helping at-risk and limited-income communities.

UES invests in the community through financial contributions, sponsorships and in-kind donations for nonprofit organizations. Our employees also invest tens of thousands of hours of their own personal each year in volunteer initiatives. UES encourages employees to give back to the community through volunteerism with nonprofit groups, faith-based organizations and schools of their choosing.

Nonprofit organizations also can apply for UES Community Impact Grants, which are designed to provide significant funding for effective, sustainable community programs. Agencies often use their grants as matching funds to seek additional funding from other sources.

UES also supports local communities through corporate membership in local chambers of commerce and involvement in other economic development efforts.

Educational programs & resources

UES works to assist teachers and students in the classroom. Members of our energy efficiency team teach lessons about renewable energy and conservation.

UES provides links and free classroom resources for teachers and students to learn how to reduce their energy usage. 

Safety & reliability

We make safety our highest priority for our employees and the public. That’s why we offer gas safety tips and electrical safety tips for inside and outside your home and to prevent workplace hazards.

We also work with contractors to follow important safety guidelines regarding construction and excavation work near UES' equipment.

Proper vegetation management can help maintain habitat for wildlife and reliable service.  UES' certified arborists identify trees and other vegetation that are in danger of interfering with overhead equipment.

Taking a Lead Role in the Relay For Life in Nogales

We were honored to serve as key fundraisers and volunteers for the annual event to benefit the American Cancer Society.

Growing Seeds of Stewardship

A program that uses the Arizona Trail to give kids outdoor educational experiences has received a boost from UES to expand its reach.