U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm visits Arizona
- On Monday, October 30th, 2023, Secretary Granholm will travel to Cochise, Arizona to highlight the Biden-Harris Administration’s latest investment in the nation’s electric grid.
- The Secretary will join Arizona Governor Katie Hobbs and local leaders at the Apache Generating Station to discuss the President’s commitment to improve the country’s transmission infrastructure, which will lower energy costs, strengthen energy resilience and reliability, create new high-quality jobs, and help tackle the climate crisis.
Strengthening Arizona’s Economy
- In 2022, there were already 120,070 Arizona workers employed in the energy sector. Across the state over 46% of the electric power generation workforce was in wind, solar, and hydroelectric, and over 42,000 workers were employed in energy efficiency.
- The Inflation Reduction Act is expanding these opportunities, bringing an estimated $4.1 billion of investment in large-scale clean power generation and storage to Arizona between now and 2030.
- Arizona is home to 641,000 small businesses, representing 99.5% of all businesses and employing 42.5% of all workers in the state, and the Inflation Reduction Act will help them save money. Commercial building owners can receive a tax credit up to $5 per square foot to support energy efficiency improvements that deliver lower utility bills. Other programs that will benefit small businesses include tax credits covering 30% of the costs of installing low-cost solar power and of purchasing clean trucks and vans for commercial fleets.
Clean Energy Investment
- Currently, Arizona has over 4.7 GW of solar, wind, and storage capacity. This is in addition to 4.2 GW of nuclear capacity.
- There is over 3 GW of additional planned clean energy capacity in the works, which will power the equivalent of more than 511,000 additional homes.
- The Inflation Reduction Act tax credits that encourage investment in wind and solar will help reduce energy costs, as the costs of solar and wind power are projected to drop by 22% and 34%, respectively, over the next 30 years in Arizona.
- Since the start of the Biden Administration, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has tracked more than $150 billion in new battery and EV supply chain investment announcements, including $8.9 billion in Arizona.
- In the same period, DOE has tracked more than $5 billion in new solar manufacturing investment announcements, including over $252 million in Arizona, which will add 1450 clean energy jobs to the state economy.
- Arizona has 78,800 EVs currently registered in the state, placing it in the top 10 states for EV ownership. Drivers switching to an electric pickup truck could save over $1700 per year in fueling and maintenance costs compared to a gasoline-powered truck. Drivers of smaller cars could save over $1200 per year. The Inflation Reduction Act will make it easier and cheaper to purchase an electric vehicle, with upfront discounts up to $7,500 for new EVs and up to $4,000 for used EVs, helping many Americans skip the gas pump and save on fuel costs.
- Arizona has over 3,000 alternative fueling ports already. The state will also receive over $16 million in federal funding to help build out more EV charging stations.
Investing In Arizona
- Thanks to funding from President Biden’s Investing in America Agenda, the U.S. Department of Energy has made available more than $230 million in the past year to Arizona’s state and local governments to invest in energy efficiency and grid resilience. This includes funding to help low-income households access more efficiency appliances, and $13 million to help strengthen grid resilience.
- Navajo Transitional Energy Company, LLC (NTEC) was selected to run a carbon capture study to support community-informed carbon capture and storage at the Four Corners Power Plant.
Saving Arizonans Money on Home Energy Bills
- The U.S. Department of Energy’s Weatherization Assistance Program and State Energy Program have invested more than $21.1 million in Arizona since 2015, leading to 474 jobs and over 1,400 homes with reduced energy costs and improved health and safety.
- Upgrading appliances and improving home energy efficiency could save a total of 6,190 GWh of energy in Arizona, enough to power the equivalent of over 350,000 Arizona homes.
- Arizona will receive over $153 million to implement a Home Energy Rebate program in the state. Low-income households in Arizona could save an average of 27% on their home energy bills when they upgrade their appliances and improve energy efficiency through this program.
- The Inflation Reduction Act also includes grants to help state and local governments adopt the latest building energy codes, which would save the average new homeowner in Arizona 18.1% on their utility bills. That amounts to $446 per year.
Prioritizing Arizona’s Rural and Underserved Communities
- The Biden Administration has committed to advancing equity for all communities, including through the Justice40 Initiative, which aims to ensure Federal agencies deliver at least 40% of the overall benefits of climate, clean energy, affordable and sustainable housing, clean water, and other investments to disadvantaged communities. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has more than 140 programs covered by this initiative.
- Three projects in Arizona each won $100,000 in DOE’s Energizing Rural Communities Prize to support reliable clean energy in rural parts of the state.
- Native Renewables Inc. which seeks to promote off-grid solar plus storage systems for the Navajo and Hopi nations was selected for a technical assistance partnership in DOE’s Energy Storage for Social Equity initiative.
- The Healthy Homes Initiative in Maricopa County was awarded close to $2 million by DOE to help local residents save money on healthcare by improving housing conditions.
- The Interagency Working Group on Coal and Power Plant Communities identified the Arizona non-metropolitan area within the Four Corners region as a priority energy community. This means that the federal government, including the DOE and 11 other partner agencies, are prioritizing this area to support community revitalization.
- Arizona is partnering with two Tribal Nations, the Cocopah Indian Tribe and the San Carlos Apache Tribe, as part of the Rural Partners Network. Supported by USDA, DOE, HHS and EPA, the team collaborates with the Tribes to address local priorities.
For current DOE funding opportunities, visit: www.energy.gov/infrastructure