By Ryan Randazzo
BUSINESS BUZZ Blog/The Arizona Republic
It seems some SRP fans — likely employees, and at least one official spokesman for the utility — aren’t fans of the p-word.
SRP is a municipal utility. It is not like Arizona Public Service Co. and Tucson Electric Power Co., which belong to public companies. They are expected to profit.
SRP is run as a political subdivision. Its peers are operations such as the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. SRP describes itself as a “not-for-profit” entity, but SRP certainly earns a profit.
Here’s the definition of “profit” from Webster’s: “The sum remaining after all costs, direct and indirect, are deducted from the income of a business.”
In the first quarter of this fiscal year for SRP, May-July, SRP had “a sum remaining after all costs” of $201 million.