Stop SRP's Dangerous Gas Plant Expansion


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Background on Peaker Plants

Utilities across the United States continue to rely on more than 1,000 polluting methane gas - and oil-fired Peaker Power Plants across the country to meet infrequent peaks in electricity demand. These Peaker plants tend to be more expensive and inefficient to run for every megawatt-hour generated than baseload methane gas plants and emit higher rates of carbon dioxide and health-harming criteria air pollutants. Peaker plants are also typically disproportionately located in disadvantaged communities, where vulnerable populations already experience high levels of health and environmental burdens.
Arizona has some of the best solar potentials in the nation, making it an ideal place for low-cost solar plus storage deployment. Despite the favorable economics, and benefits to the environment and the grid, the state remains over-reliant on fossil generation, and utilities remain too hostile to renewable energy.
The state has 17 peaking gas plants and units at larger plants, which are aging and inefficient. Agua Fria and Kyrene are older Salt River Project gas plants - one steam turbine, the other a combustion turbine adjacent to neighborhoods in Phoenix and Tempe, respectively.

What is Methane?

Methane is the second most abundant greenhouse gas after carbon dioxide. Though it breaks down faster, methane traps 80 times more heat than carbon dioxide, making it a major contributor to climate change. In fact, according to the UN Environment Program, methane has accounted for roughly 30% of climate change since pre-industrial times.


Renewable Energy

Renewables = Cheaper, Cleaner, Reliable.

• Renewable energy plus battery storage is cheaper, cleaner, and more reliable. Gas prices have surged to some of the highest levels in decades.

• Renewable energy does not suffer from wild price fluctuations like methane gas, and consumers can count on low costs over time because energy from the sun is free — no purchased fuel is necessary.

• Extreme weather due to climate change can compromise the electric grid's reliability.  Methane gas lines can freeze in cold weather, and fossil-fueled power plants that rely on water for cooling can be forced offline in severe droughts.

• As the sunniest state in the U.S., Arizona utilities should focus on investing in renewable power rather than pumping more greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere – and the lungs of communities nearby.