November 10 Arizona Electrification Summit Brings Together Energy Leaders, Highlights New Federal Grants and Tax Incentives


Arizona energy leaders come together to explore the economic benefits of electrification.

Billions of dollars in grants, tax credits and other federal funding to electrify buildings, transportation and industry.

…a great opportunity to learn about new federal grant programs and tax incentives that can help us build on the success we’ve had in creating jobs and accelerating sustainable economic development…”

— Steven G. Zylstra, president and CEO of the Arizona Technology Council

TEMPE, ARIZONA, USA, November 8, 2022 / — A broad spectrum of electric utilities, local governments, technology leaders and other energy stakeholders from across Arizona’s public and private sectors are meeting on Thursday, November 10, 2022 at Arizona Electrification Summita forum designed to promote cost-effective electrification measures that save consumers money, reduce emissions, and improve the efficiency and resilience of the power grid.

“We greatly appreciate the leaders of Arizona who joined us at this summit to raise awareness of efficient electric technologies that benefit both the economy and the environment,” said Keith Dennis, president. of the Beneficial electrification League (BEL), a non-profit organization working across the country to develop the cost-effective use of electricity in transport, buildings and industry.

“This event is a great opportunity to learn about new federal grant programs and tax incentives that can help us build on the success we’ve had in creating jobs and accelerating sustainable economic development through clean energy technology,” said Steven G. Zylstra, President and CEO of the Arizona Technology Council, SciTech Institute, and moderator of the event’s panel of speakers discussing opportunities in transportation electrification. “We hope to amplify Arizona’s national leadership in clean energy and electric vehicle technologies to further benefit our economy and our diverse population.”

“The Bipartisan Infrastructure Act makes $76.5 million available to Arizona to implement fast electric vehicle chargers along state highways,” notes Dianne Kresich, director of the center for researcher at the Arizona Department of Transportation, deputy project manager for the development of Arizona’s Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Deployment Plan and summit speaker. “The Plan is our roadmap to accelerating the electrification of transportation in our state through partnerships with the private sector.”

In addition to electric transportation, there are also new federal programs for the building sector, says Dennis.

“The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) provides significant new tax credits for the installation of heat pumps and other efficient electrical appliances in new and existing homes; there are two major tax incentives for commercial building operators who reduce energy consumption in their buildings,” notes Dennis.
There is also funding for local governments and $3.1 billion available nationally to accelerate and optimize the weatherization and electrification of homes for low- and middle-income consumers of the bipartisan Infrastructure Act ( BIL), enacted in late 2021, adds Dennis.

“Incentives to install newer, more efficient technologies in Arizona buildings can serve as an economic stimulus,” Zylstra said. “Jobs are created when existing buildings are retrofitted with better heating and cooling systems, while additional jobs are generated through economic multiplier effects. Money saved on energy bills is primarily spent on other goods and services in our local economy, providing additional economic benefits to our industry. »

There will be displays of high-efficiency electrical products at the summit, ranging from a heat pump for home heating and cooling supplied by Daikin Comfort Technologies to a electric school buscourtesy of Canyon State Bus Sales and Blue Bird Corporation, with an electric school bus ride available during lunchtime.

The top is at the Double Tree by Hilton, 2100 South Priest Drive, Tempe. Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. Breakfast is from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Presentations are from 8:30 a.m. until lunch. Discussions/exhibitions continue until 2 p.m. The $45 registration fee includes breakfast and dinner. Agenda and registration can be found at

The event is presented by the Beneficial Electrification League, a non-profit organization. Gold sponsors are Arizona Public Service (APS), Salt River Project (SRP), Wells Fargo and Co-Bank. The “Silver” sponsors are TriCo Electric Cooperative, Daikin Comfort Technologies and Milwaukee Tool. NRTC is a “Bronze” sponsor.

For more information about the summit, including sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities, please contact Tom Polikalas at 775-386-7411 or [email protected]

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