Higher surcharge
to boost TEP bills

Customers of Tucson Electric Power Co. will see their bills rise a few dollars starting this month, after state regulators approved a change in an adjustment mechanism that pays for fuel and wholesale power that TEP buys.

TEP requested an increase in the so-called purchased power and fuel adjustment clause, which appears as part of the “power supply charges” on TEP bills, to cover increased costs.

Under a ruling by the Arizona Corporation Commission, the new rate will result in $2.23 in additional usage-based monthly charges for the average TEP home customer from May through September. From October through March, the new rate will result in an additional $4.09 in monthly charges for the average home customer.

Copper Cactus Award nominations open

Nominations have opened for the Tucson Metro Chamber Copper Cactus Awards, which honor local companies for categories including “Best Place to Work,” business leadership, growth, innovation and nonprofit.

For more information or to nominate a business or nonprofit, go to tinyurl.com/n8vdgcr

Nominations will close May 25, and the awards will be presented at an event in October.

5 local firms to make
‘Get Started’ pitches

Five local businesses will make their pitches Wednesday to win nearly $11,000 in cash and prizes at “Get Started Tucson,” an event sponsored by Cox Business and Inc. magazine.

The finalists will present their business ideas at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Tucson Scottish Rite, 160 S. Scott Ave.

The event is free to attendees, but registration is required at www.coxblue.com/getstartedtucson

The five finalists are: Darling Geomatics, which offers 3-D scanning and modeling services; Southwest Spirits, a Tucson craft distillery; Outski, which has developed an all-in-one online tool for travel; SmartStar, a developer of digital educational games; and Scraps on Scraps, which offers residential pickup of food waste and compostable material.

The prize package includes $5,000 cash, one free year of Cox Business service and cloud server use from Involta.