Energy

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To pursue energy management planning in the Arizona-Sonora region that emphasizes collaboration on programs for the advancement of economic, social and environmental benefits of both states, and that arise from constructive solutions to shared energy supply issues.

How To Get Involved

By serving on the Energy Committee, you can participate in grassroots policy development, exchange ideas and information through cross-border communication and collaboration, and contribute to the implementation and advancement of cross-border projects. Contact your co-chairs today!

Arizona Co-Chairs

LeisaLeisa Brug
Director, Energy Office Energy Policy Advisor to Gov Brewer
Governor’s Office of Energy Policy
602-771-1244
lbrug@az.gov
Rob TaylorRob Taylor
Senior Director, Regulatory Policy
Salt River Project
602-236-3487
rob.taylor@srpnet.com


Sonoran Co-Chairs

JesusJesus Celaya Gortari
Director General
Comisión de Energía del Estado de Sonora
(662) 21-78-12
jesusluis.celaya@economiasonora.gob.mx
Alvaro Castro Knapp
SolarScapeMexico
212 42 20
alvaro.castro@solarscape.com.mx


Resources

Bi-National Electricity Transmission Opportunities for Arizona and Sonora White Paper
2012 Summer Plenary Session Presentations
2013 Summer Plenary Energy Declaration of Cooperation


AMC Grant Project

Click here to view the Energy Grant Project


Past Plenary Presentations

2014 Energy Committee Plenary Presentations


Current Action Items

Archived Action Items

Action Item 1

Due Date: June 20, 2014

Energy Information Exchange

Tactic A

Due Date: June 20, 2014
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As recommended by the Bi-National Electricity Transmission Task Force, the Energy Committee will continue to evaluate electricity transmission opportunities between Arizona and Sonora on an on-going basis to identify viable future energy exchange potential, especially in renewable energy development.

Steps Taken: A Status Report for the Declaration of Cooperation was submitted on June 20, 2014.

Tactic B

Due Date: June 20, 2014
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Continue to look into the cooperation between the universities on both sides of the border.

Steps Taken: Our 2014 energy tours were key accomplishments for our committee and attendees. 1. In Sonora, we learned about the renewable energy research being conducted at the Universidad de Sonora - Heliostat Testing Field. Basically, heliostats are mirrors that move with the sun to generate power. 2. We also saw the Coppel Solar Farm. Coppel is a chain store that built this 1 megawatt facility with photovoltaic panels to generate electricity to 53 of its subsidiaries. 3. In Arizona, we toured the Solana Generating Station, one of the world’s largest concentrating solar power facilities with energy storage that can provide up to six hours of power after the sun goes down. This is especially important as energy storage is likely to grow in the future 4. A tour of a natural gas power plant was of interest as well. The Gila River Power Station is a combined-cycle power facility - that’s one of the largest in the country - and can produce about 2200 hundred megawatts of electrical power. Natural gas, as an energy resource, will play more of a role in our energy future - and on a regional level. Especially, when you consider the proposed 60-mile pipeline that will carry natural gas from Tucson to Sasabe - and into Mexico. Overall Recommendations Accomplishments: Renewable energy research, generation, energy storage and natural gas will all play important roles in our common energy future. This type of information exchange helps to keep our committee informed and the channels of communication open to the benefit of both states.

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Accomplishments

Deepwater PortsWhere: Guaymas, Sonora
What: Deepwater Port Expands Tourism and Trade
Pillars: Trade
In 1959, early AMC accomplishments included a survey of seaports that called attention to Guaymas, Sonora, as a port for future development. In 2004, an AMC Transportation Committee study investigated and assessed the viability of the Port of Guaymas as a potential maritime addition to the Canamex Corridor. In 2008, cruise ships began docking in the now deepwater port.