SRP’s Board Delivers “Ambitious” Sustainability Goals

Last year SRP’s Board of Directors approved a landmark sustainable energy plan that was developed by many stakeholders with SRP’s green energy team (known as the SRP 2035 Goals).

According to SRP “SRP is working toward the future with sustainable solutions guided by our 2035 goals. In this video, you’ll hear from SRP leaders and key members of our community stakeholders who helped shape SRP’s sustainability goals for the better. Goal setting process: SRP embarked on a three-phase, five-month community engagement process to set its 2035 goals. This process set a new standard for SRP, which integrated meaningful stakeholder input with recommendations and support for strengthening sustainability efforts and involved: • Workshops with 60 community stakeholders and an expert advisory group; • Feedback from over 1,000 individuals during a public commenting period; and • SRP Board and Council committee sessions and approval. Goals include targets for carbon, water, waste & supply chain, electric grid and our customers, community and employees.”


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Keith Woods Makes a Big Difference for SRP Customers

Dave Lamoreaux is “Mr. Gilbert.” He has been a tremendous influence, with his wife Donna, in his church, in agriculture, and with neighbors in Gilbert, Arizona. For more than a decade Dave has also been a Councilman in SRP’s District 10. He share’s his observations of SRP Board Director Keith Woods action’s with the CEO Succession Planning, SRP Pricing Process, and SRP’s 2035 Sustainability Plan.

SRP’s Keith Woods Called a “Team Builder” and a “Statesman”

Connected by Friendship for 24 Years

SRP Board Director Mario Herrera shares his thoughts on fellow director Keith Woods, their mutual connection with the late Burton Barr, and how Keith helped deliver SRP from the leadership “chaos” with his leadership succession plan.

SRP District 3’s (L to R) Paul Van Hofwegen, Mario Herrera and Rick Swier.

Mario Herrera is quoted: “There’s some history between Keith and me. Keith served under Burton Barr and as ironic as it might sound my father used to cut Burton Barr’s hair. Burton Barr has been a big part of Keith’s life and he has been a big part of my life. It’s kind of a neat deal, but I think it is one of the reasons we hit it off. Keith is very exceptional. He’s really a cool guy. I like his leadership. If there’s one word I can say about him is, he is a “statesman”.

If there’s one word I can say about (Keith) is, he is a ‘statesman’

Mario Herrera, SRP Board Director, District 3

He is a statesman simply because of the fact he tries to spread all of the knowledge and all of the teamwork. I think he learned that at the legislature when he served, but he does very well at it. He was one of the chairman of the first governance committees we had, and boy that was the greatest appointment that (SRP President) David (Rousseau) ever made, because at that time we had a lot of chaos, a lot of problems, and Keith kind of brought it together. It was kind of neat and I loved every time that I left that meeting, and feeling that ‘hey, this guy’s got a handle on it, this guy has his thumb on it, and he knows what’s going on with it’. God bless him! It helped. At one time we were not getting along as a (group of) board members, and guess what?! Keith brought (us) together.

Kayenta II Project on Navajo Nation

(SRP) Officials with the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority (NTUA), Salt River Project (SRP) and Navajo Nation leaders are celebrating the opening of the second phase of the Kayenta Solar generation facility, a renewable energy plant that provides power to the Navajo Nation. See the facility in this drone footage.
SRP Elections - keith woods autographed solar panel

You may have heard chatter a few years ago that SRP hadn’t been doing enough to expand solar generation. Today, solar is a solid economic choice for power generation. As the Power committee chair, I’m working with experienced board directors and management to dramatically expand SRP’s renewables portfolio over the next 15 years. Here’s video that SRP took of Phase II of the Kayenta Solar Facility.

Renewable Leadership Fostered By Orme School

Testimonial by Billy Schrader of Keith Woods for the SRP Board of Directors

Billy Schrader, a 4th generation elected leader at Salt River Project, shares something in common with SRP Board Director Keith Woods, they both attended The Orme School, a college preparatory school, based at the Orme Ranch in central Arizona. According to Schrader it is at Orme School that both he and Keith learned values of sustainability. Lessons that have carried through to today in their leadership at SRP.

For more information about the (Salt River Project) SRP Board and Council Election and how to vote, go online at www.keithforsrp.com.

Testimonial: Bob Emmelkamp

Testimonial by Bob Emmelkamp, Says Keith Woods Gets Big Picture

Bob Emmelkamp is an SRP customer, and a health advocate, in Phoenix, Arizona. He was also very active in the 2015 SRP rate hearings.

Here is what Bob had to say. “So I always felt that when I talked with Keith about the issues with solar that he understood the big picture on how the rates worked and how generation works, and how it works on an individual basis. And was always willing to be fair about the benefits of solar to the utility. Because if the utility works with the customers you end up with everybody winning in that case and I think Keith understands that.

I always felt that when I talked with Keith about the issues with solar that he understood the big picture

‘Computer Bob’ Emmelkamp

For me the most important thing is that the board member is going to be fair in listening to the requests of the customers, and they especially need to be forward-thinking because SRP’s been around for a very long time. and the delivery of energy, the delivery of water has changed over those years, and so I think that a board member needs to be looking at all of the customers and see how they can be fair to everybody.”

For more information about the (Salt River Project) SRP Board and Council Election and how to vote, go online at www.keithforsrp.com.

Testimonial: Mark Pace

Mark Pace Recommends Keith Woods for the SRP Board

According to longtime SRP Board Director Mark Pace, technology is changing so fast, that we need utility leaders like Keith that ask questions and stay up on the latest trends. Because this isn’t the same electric and water company of yesteryear. For more information about the (Salt River Project) SRP Board and Council Election and how to vote, go online at www.keithforsrp.com.

Mark Freeman Says Keith Woods is a ‘Problem Solver’

Interview with Mark Freeman about Keith Woods (running for re-election to the SRP Board of Directors on April 7th, 2020): A number of years ago I met Keith when he was soliciting petition signatures for the SRP Election. We developed a relationship with that, but what I liked about Keith was that he was genuine. He was a family man. He represented his districts, and he enjoyed people. I think to do this job effectively, you have to enjoy people because it is not an easy job, and as an elected official you do take some heat. Along with that heat you are a problem solver.

I think to do this job effectively, you have to enjoy people

Vice-Mayor Mark Freeman, Mesa, Arizona

In my thirty plus years as a fire captain and paramedic I resolved thousands of problems in my career, and so I like that as an attribute of an individual that will reach out and resolve problems effectively, and it may not always have the best outcome but at least you are listening, and you are following through and resolving a problem for a positive outcome.

About Mark Freeman:

Mark is the Vice-Mayor of Mesa, Arizona. Elected to the Mesa City Council in August 2016, Councilmember Mark Freeman began his first term representing District 1 in January of 2017. He was named Vice Mayor on January 28, 2019. His term on the Council runs until January of 2021.

Freeman’s Mesa roots run deep, as his ancestor, Charles Crismon, was one of the founding fathers of Mesa. His family has farmed in the Valley since 1878 and Freeman continues that tradition today, growing alfalfa and sweet corn and running a summer farmer’s market at Brown and Center Street. In addition to farming, he spent 31 years with the Mesa Fire and Medical Department as a Captain Paramedic before retiring in 2011.

Mark has always been active in the community, serving on the Mesa Board of Adjustment as well as serving as the Lehi area Board President for 12 years. In addition, he has been involved with the Maricopa County and Arizona Farm Bureau organizations for many years.

Mark has lived in Mesa for more than 60 years. He and his wife LeeAnn have a strong family value, with great love for their three children and eight grandchildren. His oldest son is currently serving in the U.S. Air Force as a Captain. Their other children reside in Mesa.

Testimonial: Ray Artigue

Why Ray Artigue Supports Keith Woods for the SRP Board of Directors

Ray Artigue has been a community leader in the valley for more that 30 years. He’s headed up the Phoenix Open, the Thunderbirds, and played a significant role with Jerry Collangelo’s Phoenix Suns organization. He is also a longtime Arcadia (Phoenix) resident. In a recent interview Ray strongly endorsed Keith Woods for re-election to the SRP Board of Directors. Ray said, “You want to somebody who is involved, and that happens when a volunteer takes their role seriously and that is Keith Woods. Consistency, participation, advocacy…Keith has chaired so many committees as he’s served on the board over the years – power committee, governance and the rest. I know of no better director for SRP and let’s hope that he can continue to serve us.”

He’s been a very strong proponent of what SRP is all about.

“My wife and I have lived in Arcadia all of our adult lives, and raised our family here. Arcadia is very special, very unique, One of the things that makes it that way is the citrus trees and the expansive green lawns, and that is all possible because of the canal system, the irrigation district, and the flood irrigation.”

Without that Arcadia becomes just another also-ran, me-too kind of neighborhood, and we never want to see that happen.”

About Ray Artigue

Ray Artigue is the founder of Artigue Advisors, a marketing consulting firm that he founded in 2016.

Prior to starting this firm, Artigue served for four years as Executive Director of the MBA Sports Business Program at Arizona State University, where as a Professor of Practice, he also developed and taught numerous graduate-level courses.

For 15 seasons, Artigue served as Senior Vice President of Marketing Communications for the NBA Phoenix Suns. While there, he was credited with developing many “best practices” throughout the league and often was a trainer/consultant to various NBA franchises.

Testimonial: Vice-Mayor Mark Freeman

Interview with Mark Freeman about Keith Woods (running for re-election to the SRP Board of Directors on April 7th, 2020): One of the attributes a person needs is to be able to work as an elected official with another elected official, you may not always agree, but you can agree to disagree, but work collectively together to resolve a problem or issue.

he’s very easy going but he understands the processes in order to get it accomplished

Vice-Mayor Mark Freeman, Mesa, Arizona

I find that Keith’s leadership on that, he’s very easy going but he understands the processes in order to get it accomplished, and helps others to understand that. But then thereby listening to others…and I think the key is ‘listening to others’ and understanding what they want, and what you want and compromising those so that you have the capacity to resolve and finish a problem.

I think that’s one of the things I like about Keith, he understands and listens to people to help you feel good about yourself, that somebody is actually listening. He takes that information to management, and through the respective areas that he represents, he is able to resolve problems.

About Mark Freeman:

Mark is the Vice-Mayor of Mesa, Arizona. Elected to the Mesa City Council in August 2016, Councilmember Mark Freeman began his first term representing District 1 in January of 2017. He was named Vice Mayor on January 28, 2019. His term on the Council runs until January of 2021.

Freeman’s Mesa roots run deep, as his ancestor, Charles Crismon, was one of the founding fathers of Mesa. His family has farmed in the Valley since 1878 and Freeman continues that tradition today, growing alfalfa and sweet corn and running a summer farmer’s market at Brown and Center Street. In addition to farming, he spent 31 years with the Mesa Fire and Medical Department as a Captain Paramedic before retiring in 2011.

Mark has always been active in the community, serving on the Mesa Board of Adjustment as well as serving as the Lehi area Board President for 12 years. In addition, he has been involved with the Maricopa County and Arizona Farm Bureau organizations for many years.

Mark has lived in Mesa for more than 60 years. He and his wife LeeAnn have a strong family value, with great love for their three children and eight grandchildren. His oldest son is currently serving in the U.S. Air Force as a Captain. Their other children reside in Mesa.