Recently, we announced that we’re joining forces with Arizona State University (ASU) through a strategic partnership. Partnering with ASU is nothing new though. For more than 40 years, SRP and ASU have worked together to tackle issues facing the Phoenix metropolitan area and the entire southwest region.
The bottom line? This long-term partnership is our commitment to strengthening and evolving the Greater Phoenix communities we serve. Together, we will create more resilient, thoughtful and sustainable communities of today and tomorrow.
Our CEO Mike Hummel said it best: “As ASU and SRP are both on paths for significant transition, it is vital we establish common goals, identify transferable insights and develop shared solutions.”
Focus areas of the ASU partnership
Through this partnership, we are addressing water and energy supply challenges and focus on advancing our communities through:
Communities of the future are economically, socially and environmentally sustainable. We are building a more sustainable future together by:
- Low- to zero-emission options for personal and public transportation
- Forest restoration to ensure a healthy and secure water supply
- Developing the workforce of the future
Future power systems are even more secure, robust and flexible. Designs for the grid of the future can accommodate new technologies and fuel generation sources that include solar, biofuel and hydrogen energy sources.
As two of the largest employers in Arizona, SRP and ASU have a commitment to a strong, growing workforce. To support this growth, the two organizations have developed master’s- and doctorate-level energy degree programs that are dedicated to transforming the energy sector.
Next steps involve plans for K–12 programs that emphasize STEM-related career exploration. These are just a few examples of the work already being done by SRP and ASU.
Facing challenges together:
As an essential service provider, homes and businesses across Arizona rely on SRP for electricity and water. In the face of a growing population, climate change and rapid technology advancements, it’s more important than ever that we work smarter, not harder. The fact of the matter is that we’re better together.
Today, utility-industry companies face numerous challenges. The partnership faces these challenges head-on by updating infrastructure, expanding grids, remaining vigilant to cyber vulnerabilities and decreasing the use of non-renewable energy sources like oil and gas — all while providing reliable service.
These challenges not only impact the industry, but they could also impact the communities we serve if not addressed.
A strong foundation and spirit of collaboration will propel this partnership forward
Commenting on the partnership, ASU President Michael Crow said, “Our organizations are well-positioned to collaborate with each other and across our communities to advance new ideas, new solutions and new ways of living and working to sustain the future of Arizona.” Together, we can build more sustainable communities of the future.
This is just the start of what will continue to inspire our organizations to identify and implement innovative solutions to energy and environmental challenges our community faces.”