Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona on February 10, 1976 · Page 3
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Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona · Page 3

Tucson, Arizona
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Tuesday, February 10, 1976
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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 1976· City Atty. Webb accuses TGE of inefficiency City Atty. James D. Webb says the latest rate increase requested by Tucson Gas Electric Co. is the product of the utility's own inefficiency. Testifying before the Arizona Corporation Commission yesterday, Webb suggested that the company's expenses have increased because it is an inefficient operation. TGE is requesting a rate increase to bring it $20.4 million in additional revenue, citing rising operating expenses. Einar Greve, TGE senior vice president for power resources planning and development, denied Webb's accusation, saying that a change in the way TGE produces and obtains its power is causing the need for more money. Greve noted that TGE has converted from a locally based generating system, dependent on oil, to a system relying heavily upon coal-fire power generation from stations that are far from Tucson. The stations far from Tucson operate on coal. Those in town operate on expensive fuel oil. TGE, Greve said, is seeking "the most economical mix" between oil and coal usage. In the long run the company expects to generate most of its power using the less expensive coal and bringing in the more expensive oil- fuel plants only during peak usage periods. The shift from oil to coal has required large expenditures during the last two years. Greve maintained, but he predicted that the technical change will benefit the consumer in the future. Residential power bills have increased about 50 per cent in the last two years and electric power usage is down, but TGE officials are not sure how much connection there is between the two trends. Greve said the company realizes utility rates are "a component" of demand, but added that he does not believe enough data exists to make meaningful studies on the way power usage varies with changes in price. Greve attributed a slight decline in residential power use last year to the recession, T U C S O N D A I L Y C I T I Z E N PACK a cool summer and governmental emphasis on conservation. However, he said the reduction probably will be temporary. Although TGE planners forecast that f u t u r e new homes in Tucson will be "somewhat smaller" and better insulated than homes built before the oil crisis of 1973, the trend is not likely to lead to cutbacks in power use, Greve predicted. New homes currently being buiit here are in the middle rather than the lower price range, he explained, and buyers of such dwellings likely will use more electric power than owners of cheap homes. Although the current trend among Tucsonians is away from refrigerative air conditioning (thus saving power), the lack of gas available for home heating is apt to drive electric usage up in the future, he added. New natural gas hook-ups for residences were suspended last summer when gas supplies became short. 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