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Arizona utilities say they can handle demand for electricity

power-lines-620State regulators have been assured that Arizona electric utilities should have energy reserves to cover peak demand on the hottest days of the upcoming summer.

Representatives of Arizona Public Service Co., Tucson Electric Power Co., Salt River Project and electric cooperatives made presentations Wednesday to the Corporation Commission on the utilities’ preparedness for the summer.

APS said it projects a peak demand of just under 6,900 megawatts — well under APS’ projected availability of over 9,000 megawatts.

TEP forecast its peak demand at just over 2,200 megawatts and said that’s under its projected availability of nearly 2,500 megawatts.

Commission Chairman Susan Bitter Smith said utility customers should feel confident that their power providers are prepared for this summer and its weather challenges.

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