Overland Park, Kansas [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] Global engineering, consulting and construction firm Black & Veatch has identified more than 5,000 megawatts (MW) of untapped renewable energy resources in Arizona.
Arizona’s three largest utilities, Arizona Public Service (APS), Salt River Project and Tucson Electric Power (TEP), commissioned the renewable energy assessment to determine the availability of the state’s renewable energy resources.
According to the Black & Veatch study, more than 4,300 MW of electricity could be produced using solar thermal generation. In addition, nearly 1,500 MW of electricity could be developed from wind power generation.
Other resources could provide as much as 175 MW of electricity through a combination of hydropower, biomass and geothermal technologies. However, further review will be needed to determine the comparative value of developing these in-state renewable energy resources versus purchasing electricity from out of state.
“As states continue to institute renewable energy standards, utilities need to have a clear understanding of their renewable resources,” said Dean Oskvig, President and CEO of Black & Veatch’s global energy business.
The Arizona Renewable Energy Assessment is available on the Black & Veatch Web site.