Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Cooperative

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{{#badges: CoalSwarm}}Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Cooperative (SSVEC) is a non-profit, member-owned electric distribution cooperative that provides electricity to more than 50,000 services and operates over 4,000 miles of power lines. The company is located in southeastern Arizona, the cooperative's service territory covers parts of Cochise, Graham, Pima and Santa Cruz Counties and includes the communities of Sierra Vista, Huachuca City, Patagonia, Elfrida, Benson, St. David, Bowie, San Simon, Willcox, Sonoita and Pearce-Sunsites.[1]

Contact details

Willcox Main Office 350 North Haskell, Willcox, AZ 85643

Sierra Vista Office 311 East Wilcox Drive, Sierra Vista, AZ 85635

Benson Office 285 West Fifth Street, Benson, AZ 85602

Patagonia Office 281 McKeown Ave, Patagonia, AZ 85624

Elfrida Office 4179 West Thistle Lane, Elfrida, AZ 85610

Tel: (520) 384-2221


Proposed coal-fired power line

In June 2010 SSVEC proposed a controversial coal-fired power line that opponents claimed will destroy a unique grassland in southern Arizona that is home to nearly two dozen endangered or threatened species as well as a historic Spanish-land-grant ranch. They also claim this will displace jobs and ultimately raise utility rates.

"Once a power line is constructed, it can't be undone," said Arizona resident and Mountain Empire Energy Project member Gail Getzwiller.

Opponents argue that the power line has nothing to do with consumer energy needs. Instead they believe it is to be constructed for the benefit of Wildcat Silver, a Canada based mining company that operates mines in Southern Arizona.[2]

Articles and resources

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  1. [1] Sulphur Springs Electric Cooperative Website, accessed June 21, 2010.
  2. "Arizona's Other Problem: Will Big Coal Power Line Destroy Solar Boom, Endangered Grasslands, Pioneer Heritage?" Jeff Biggers, Huffington Post, June 21, 2010.

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