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march 9, 2016​
state of arizona praises aps power plant for environmental efforts
west phoenix plant goes beyond state environmental regulations

PHOENIX-APS power plants continue to build on their commitment to environmental stewardship. Last week, the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) recognized the West Phoenix Power Plant for outperforming the state’s strict environmental regulations.

The plant joins APS’s Ocotillo Power Plant as a Platinum member of ADEQ’s Voluntary Environmental Stewardship Program (VESP). West Phoenix and Ocotillo are the only two power plants in the program, and two of only 11 facilities (which include transit systems, manufacturing facilities and municipalities) across the state to receive the program’s highest honor.

For admission to the prestigious program, facilities must demonstrate environmental achievement and commit to continued performance improvement in areas such as water conservation, air emissions and waste management. Along with reviewing the plant’s application for admittance, ADEQ representatives made on-site visits where they spoke with employees, inspected the facilities and reviewed plant records.

“We continually look for opportunities to go above and beyond environmental compliance where it makes sense,” said Chas Spell, APS’s Director of Environmental. “It is important that we work to protect those resources—air, water and land—that make Arizona a great place to live and raise a family.”

The West Phoenix Power Plant is located near the corner of 43rd Avenue and Buckeye Road. Its seven natural gas-power generators have the capacity to deliver 1,000 megawatts of power, which is enough for 250,000 homes. The Ocotillo Power Plant is located in Tempe.

APS, Arizona’s largest and longest-serving electricity utility, serves nearly 1.2 million customers in 11 of the state’s 15 counties. With headquarters in Phoenix, APS is the largest principal subsidiary of Pinnacle West Capital Corp. (NYSE: PNW)

It is important that we work to protect those resources—air, water and land—that make Arizona a great place to live and raise a family.

-Chas Spell, APS’s Director of Environmental