Arizona Corporation Commission
1200 W. Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85007-2996
RE: Resource Planning and Procurement in 2021, 2022, and 2023 (Docket No. E-99999A-22-0046) and In the Matter of Resource Planning and Procurement in 2019, 2020, and 2021 (Docket No. E-00000V-19-0034)
Chairman O’Connor and Commissioners,
At the February 2022 Open Meeting, scheduled for February 8th and 9th, 2022, the Commission voted to acknowledge the 2020 Integrated Resource Plans (IRPs) of Tucson Electric Power (TEP) and Arizona Public Service (APS). In addition to acknowledging the IRPs, the Commission placed numerous other requirements on the utilities, including a requirement to provide stakeholders and Commission Staff with the requisite tools to meaningfully participate in the subsequent modeling process.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Arizona Public Service Company, Tucson Electric Power Company, and UNS Electric, Inc. shall in future Integrated Resource Plans negotiate a project-based licensing fee that permits up to 12 Resource Planning Advisory Council members and Staff the ability to perform their own modeling runs in the same software package as these load serving entities, and to provide all necessary data and support to fully utilize the models. The load serving entities shall absorb the cost of the licensing fees.
To date, nearly 15 months after this vote, neither utility has complied with the Order. Stakeholders have been requesting access since Q4 2022. Stakeholders are still waiting on Nondisclosure Agreements (NDAs) from TEP and were told by APS that training on the software would occur in April 2023. Only the utilities have the ability to execute NDAs, provide the licenses and data, and conduct the requisite training. Without these tools, stakeholders are unable to meaningfully participate in the manner desired by Order 78499.
We ask the Commission to direct both TEP and APS to provide all of the above mentioned tools no later than May 31, 2023. Additionally, because of this lengthy delay, we ask for the IRP filing deadline to be extended past August 1, 2023. That is simply not enough time to conduct modeling and provide meaningful feedback on the results. Finally, we ask that the Commission take this issue up as soon as possible, at either the May 2nd Open Meeting or the May 11th Contingency Meeting, because the June Open Meeting is too close to the IRP deadline to permit resolution of these issues with sufficient time to carry out the analysis envisioned in the Commission’s Order.
Autumn T. Johnson
Arizona Solar Energy Industries Association (AriSEIA)
 Open Meeting Notice, Docketed February 3, 2022, Agenda Item 26, available here: https://docket.images.azcc.gov/0000205866.pdf?i=1682712327380.
 Decision No. 78499, Docketed March 2, 2022, Page 14, Lines 9-14, available here: https://docket.images.azcc.gov/0000206081.pdf?i=1682710289643.
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