December 15, 2011

David G. Hutchens Named President of UniSource Energy Corporation

TUCSON, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- David G. Hutchens has been named President of UniSource Energy Corporation (NYSE: UNS), expanding his responsibilities as the company's second highest ranking executive.

Paul Bonavia remains Chief Executive Officer and continues to serve as Chairman of UniSource Energy's Board of Directors. Hutchens, formerly the company's Executive Vice President, will now be responsible for the generation, transmission and distribution operations of subsidiaries Tucson Electric Power (TEP) and UniSource Energy Services (UES) along with other business support areas.

"Dave's integrity, intellect and skills have placed him at the forefront of a new generation of leaders who will ensure that UniSource Energy maintains its commitments to customers, shareholders and the communities we serve for decades to come," Bonavia said.

Hutchens, 45, served five years in the U.S. Navy and worked as an engineer before joining TEP as an energy analyst in July 1995. He later held management positions overseeing wholesale energy sales and, in January 2007, was named Vice President of Wholesale Energy and UNS Gas, an operating subsidiary of UES. He became vice president of Energy Efficiency and Resource Planning in May 2009 and was named Executive Vice President in March 2011.

"I'm grateful for this opportunity to expand my contributions to UniSource Energy," Hutchens said. "I'll be working closely with Paul, our Board of Directors and our employees across Arizona to maintain the quality and value of our service as we expand our position as an industry leader in renewable power and energy efficiency."

Robert A. Elliott, Lead Director of UniSource Energy's Board of Directors, said the change stems from the company's succession planning process. "Our Chair and our board have made it a priority to identify and develop the individuals who will lead this company into the future," Elliott said. "Dave's obvious talents and many contributions have made it clear that he's ready to take the next step toward leadership of UniSource Energy."

UniSource Energy's primary subsidiaries include Tucson Electric Power, which serves more than 400,000 customers in southern Arizona, and UniSource Energy Services, provider of natural gas and electric service for about 235,000 customers in northern and southern Arizona. For more information, visit uns.com.

UniSource Energy Corporation
Media Contact:
Joe Salkowski, 520-884-3625
jsalkowski@uns.com
Financial Analyst Contact:
Chris Norman, 520-884-3649
cnorman@uns.com

Source: UniSource Energy Corporation

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