Regulatory entities that support the electric industry
The Arizona Power Authority (Authority) was formed as a result of federal legislation that allocated a portion of power produced from the Boulder Canyon Project (Hoover Dam) to Arizona. The Authority is charged with the responsibility of acquiring and marketing Arizona's 17.5 percent share of Hoover power. The Authority has worked effectively with both publicly-owned and privately-owned utilities in making available hydropower from the Hoover Power plant to all major load centers throughout Arizona at a minimal cost.
WAPA markets and transmits reliable, cost-based hydroelectric power, and related services. WAPA sells power from 56 power plants operated by the Bureau of Reclamation, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the International Boundary and Water Commission. Additionally, WAPA markets the United States' 24.3 percent entitlement (547 megawatts) from the coal-fired Navajo Generating Station near Page, Arizona. Currently WAPA's maximum installed capability is 10,394 megawatts.
The Desert Southwest Region is one of four regions within Western Area Power Administration, a Federal power marketing administration. Western sells wholesale power and delivers bulk wholesale transmission local utilities.
Professional entities that support the electric industry
The American Public Power Association (APPA) is the service organization for the nation's more than 2,000 community-owned electric utilities that serve more than 40 million homes in the U.S. It was created in 1940 as a non-profit, non-partisan organization. Its purpose is to advance the public policy interests of its members and their consumers, and provide member services for the safe, adequate, reliable generation or delivery of electricity at reasonable prices.
Arizona 811 was established as a one-call notification system by underground facility owners to assist excavators with the statutory requirements to notify underground facility owners prior to excavation. This damage prevention service is provided free of charge to any individual or company planning to excavate.
*The City of Mesa is represented on the Board of Directors. The City of Mesa participates in this program for the following reasons: to comply with State law, avoid injuries, prevent costly damages and interruptions of facility services, save time and money, avoid hazards, and eliminate construction delays.
Arizona Municipal Power Users Association
CREDA (Colorado River Energy Distributors Association) is a non-profit organization representing consumer-owned electric systems that purchase federal hydropower and resources of the Colorado River Storage Project (CRSP). CREDA was established in 1978, and serves as the "voice" for its members in dealing with the Bureau of Reclamation (as the generating agency of the CRSP) and Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) (as the marketing agency of the CRSP).
The IEEE is a non-profit, technical professional association of more than 380,000 individual members in 150 countries. Through its members, the IEEE is a leading authority in technical areas ranging from computer engineering, biomedical technology and telecommunications, electric power generation and delivery, aerospace and consumer electronics, among others.
The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) is the national service organization dedicated to representing the national interests of consumer-owned cooperative electric utilities and the consumers they serve. The association provides national leadership and member assistance through legislative representation before the U.S. Congress and the Executive Branch and representation in legal and regulatory proceedings affecting electric service and the environment.