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UniSource Energy Reports Second Quarter Earnings for 2008

August 6, 2008

UniSource Energy Corp. (NYSE: UNS) today reported net income for the second quarter of 2008 of $5 million, or $0.13 per diluted share of common stock, compared with last year’s second quarter earnings of $12 million, or $0.32 per diluted share.

The year-over-year decline was due, in part, to the deferral of $15 million in revenue collected by Tucson Electric Power (TEP), UniSource Energy’s principal subsidiary. That revenue is part of an estimated $65 million TEP expects to collect this year through a component in its long-frozen retail rates that will be subject to review by the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC). TEP will defer that revenue until the ACC determines its ultimate disposition as part of its resolution of TEP’s pending rate case.

TEP also faced higher fuel costs and a steep increase in its purchased power prices. Purchased power costs averaged nearly 10 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) during the second quarter of 2008, more than 50 percent higher than TEP incurred during the same period last year. TEP’s natural gas costs increased 16 percent on a per-kWh basis versus the same period last year, while its coal costs rose about 3 percent.

“We’ve been paying more for power than we’re able to pass along to customers through our current frozen rates,” said James S. Pignatelli, Chairman, President and CEO of TEP and UniSource Energy. “If not for the strong performance of our power plants and our relatively mild spring weather, we would have faced an even larger reduction in earnings.”

A maintenance outage at Springerville Generating Station (SGS) Unit 1 that previously had been scheduled for the second quarter of 2008 was instead completed a few months early, leaving the unit available during a period when market power prices were expected to be higher. Maintenance outages at other units were also limited, contributing to the overall availability of TEP’s generating fleet.

“We’re doing everything we can to manage our exposure to rising power prices,” Pignatelli said. “But we must access the market to meet our customers’ energy needs, and the prices we find there are beyond our control.”

In its pending rate case, TEP is seeking to recover such costs in the future through a Purchased Power and Fuel Adjustment Clause (PPFAC) incorporated in new, higher rates that would take effect no later than Jan. 1, 2009. TEP, the ACC Staff and most other parties to the company’s pending rate case have agreed to a proposed settlement that would provide a 6-percent base rate increase plus a PPFAC charge that, based on current prices for fuel and purchased power, could further increase average customers’ bills approximately 4% percent. This would be TEP’s first base rate increase since 1994. The new base rates would be frozen until 2013, while the PPFAC charge would adjust annually to reflect changes in fuel and purchased power costs.

The proposed settlement has been subject to a hearing before an administrative law judge, who will prepare a recommended opinion and order for the ACC’s review. In addition to issuing a final ruling on the proposed settlement, the ACC will decide when the new rates take effect and determine the final disposition of the deferred revenue. TEP expects the ACC to issue these rulings during the fourth quarter of 2008.

UniSource Energy Services (UES), which provides gas and electric service in northern and southern Arizona through subsidiaries UNS Gas and UNS Electric, reported earnings of $1 million in the second quarter of 2008 and earnings of less than $1 million in the second quarter of 2007.

Tucson Electric Power Co.

TEP reported net income for the second quarter of 2008 of $6 million, compared with net income of $12 million in the second quarter of 2007.

Factors affecting TEP’s second quarter 2008 results include:

 -- A $14 million decrease in utility gross margin (total operating revenues less fuel and purchased power expense) resulting from: -- A $15 million deferral of revenues recovered through continued collection of an amount equal to the fixed Competitive Transition Charge (CTC), which terminated in May 2008. This revenue may be subject to refund or other potential uses to be determined by the ACC; -- A $39 million increase in wholesale revenues due to increased short-term wholesale activity and higher market prices for wholesale power; -- A $39 million increase in purchased power costs resulting from rising market prices for wholesale power and an increase in short-term wholesale activity; -- A $1 million increase in fuel costs. Higher coal costs were partially offset by a $4 million unrealized gain related to gas hedges; and -- A $5 million increase in other revenues related to fees and reimbursements for fuel and operations and maintenance (O&M) costs related to SGS Units 3 and 4. 

Other factors impacting TEP’s second quarter 2008 net income include:

 -- An $11 million increase in O&M expense resulting from O&M expenses for SGS Units 3 and 4 that TEP incurred and for which TEP receives reimbursement; a $4 million reduction in pre-tax gains on the sale of sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions allowances which offset O&M expense; and an increase in generating plant O&M  -- A $13 million decrease in amortization of the Transition Recovery Asset (TRA). The TRA was fully amortized in May 2008;  -- A $1 million increase in depreciation and amortization expense due to higher plant-in-service; and  -- A $3 million decrease in interest expense due to lower capital lease obligation balances. 

UNS Gas

UNS Gas reported net income of less than $1 million in the second quarter of 2008, compared with a net loss of $1 million during the second quarter of 2007. The 2008 results reflect the impact of a base rate increase of approximately 4 percent, or $5 million annually, that took effect in December 2007.

UNS Electric

UNS Electric reported net income of $1 million for the second quarter of 2008, compared with earnings of $2 million in 2007. UNS Electric’s operations are seasonal in nature, with peak energy demand occurring in the summer months. Its second quarter results reflect mild weather compared with last year and the initial effects of a 2.5-percent base rate increase that took effect June 1, 2008. Results in the second quarter of 2007 include a pre-tax gain of $1 million related to the sale of land.

Millennium Energy Holdings, Inc. (Millennium)

Millennium recorded a $2 million pre-tax loss in the second quarter of 2008, due to an impairment of its investment in Valley Ventures. At June 30, 2008, Millennium had approximately $30 million of investments and $29 million in cash.

 Net Income and Earning Per Share Summary  2nd Quarter   Year-to-Date  June 30, Net Income                       2008    2007        2008       2007 ---------------------------------------------------------------------- -Millions-          -Millions- Tucson Electric Power           $  5.8  $ 12.3       ($3.1)    $ 13.1 UNS Gas                            0.3    (1.1)        6.6        3.4 UNS Electric                       0.7     1.5         1.2        1.9 Other (1)                         (2.1)   (0.9)       (2.6)      (1.7) ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Net Income                      $  4.7  $ 11.8     $   2.1     $ 16.7 ======================================================================  Avg. Basic Shares Outstanding (millions)                       35.6    35.5        35.6       35.4  2nd Quarter   Year-to-Date  June 30, Earnings Per UniSource Energy Share                           2008    2007        2008       2007 ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Tucson Electric Power           $ 0.16  $ 0.35      ($0.09)    $ 0.37 UNS Gas                           0.01   (0.03)       0.19       0.10 UNS Electric                      0.02    0.04        0.03       0.05 Other (1)                        (0.06)  (0.03)      (0.07)     (0.05) ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Net Income per Basic Share      $ 0.13  $ 0.33     $  0.06     $ 0.47 ====================================================================== Net Income per Diluted Share    $ 0.13  $ 0.32     $  0.06     $ 0.46 ====================================================================== 

 (1) Includes UniSource Energy on a stand-alone basis and results from UniSource Energy Development, Inc. and Millennium Energy Holdings, Inc. (Millennium), both wholly-owned subsidiaries of UniSource Energy. 

UniSource Energy believes that the presentation of TEP, UNS Gas, UNS Electric and Other segment net income or loss on a per basic UniSource Energy share basis, which are non-GAAP financial measures, provides useful information to investors by disclosing the results of operations of its business segments on a basis consistent with UniSource Energy’s reported earnings.

2008 Outlook

UniSource Energy reaffirms that its consolidated cash flows from operations for the full-year 2008 are expected to be approximately $285 million, which is within the range reported in the last three years.

In May 2008, UniSource Energy withdrew its previously issued earnings outlook for 2008 because it is unable to predict UniSource Energy’s 2008 full-year earnings within a reasonable range. Uncertainties exist regarding the final ACC resolution of the proposed settlement agreement between TEP and the ACC Staff including the treatment of “true-up” revenues collected after the expiration of the fixed CTC, the effective date of a possible rate increase, the possible one-time impact of reapplying the provisions of Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 71, Accounting for the Effects of Certain Types of Regulation for TEP’s generation assets and other issues related to the rate case.

Numerous other factors could affect UniSource Energy’s ability to reach the 2008 operating cash flows estimate, including but not limited to: regulatory decisions; market prices for power; unexpected increases in O&M expense; performance of TEP’s generating plants; resolution of pending litigation matters; weather; and pace and strength of the regional economy.

Conference Call and Webcast

UniSource Energy officials will discuss its second quarter 2008 financial results on Thursday, August 7, beginning at 12:00 p.m. EDT in a conference call that will be available live on the Internet. James S. Pignatelli, UniSource Energy Chairman, President and CEO, will host the call.

Internet Access

A live audio-only webcast of the conference call is available through a link at uns.com. A recording of the webcast will be available for 30 days through a link at uns.com.

Telephone Access

To listen to the live conference call, dial 877-582-0446 five to 10 minutes prior to the event and reference confirmation code 58773656. A telephone replay will be available for seven days starting August 7. To listen to the replay, dial 800-642-1687 and reference confirmation code 58773656.

UniSource Energy’s primary subsidiaries include Tucson Electric Power Company, which serves nearly 400,000 customers in southern Arizona; UniSource Energy Services, provider of natural gas and electric service for about 236,000 customers in northern and southern Arizona; and Millennium Energy Holdings, parent company of UniSource Energy’s unregulated energy businesses. For more information about UniSource Energy and its subsidiaries, visit uns.com.

This news release contains forward-looking information that involves risks and uncertainties that include, but are not limited to: the outcome of regulatory proceedings; changes in accounting standards; regional economic and market conditions which could affect customer growth and the cost of fuel and power supplies; changes to long-term contracts; performance of TEP’s generating plants; the weather; changes in asset depreciable lives; changes related to the recognition of unbilled revenue; the cost of debt and equity capital; the ongoing restructuring of the electric industry; and other factors listed in UniSource Energy’s Form 10-K and 10-Q filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The preceding factors may cause future results to differ materially from outcomes currently expected by UniSource Energy.

 UNISOURCE ENERGY 2008 RESULTS  UniSource Energy Corporation Comparative Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income (in thousands of dollars, except per share           Three Months Ended amounts)                        June 30,         Increase/(Decrease) (UNAUDITED)                  2008        2007       Amount    Percent ----------------------------------------------------------------------  Operating Revenues Electric Retail Sales    $  249,106  $  249,462    $   (356)   (0.1) Provision for Rate Refunds                    (14,898)          -     (14,898)    N/M ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Net Electric Retail Sales                     234,208     249,462     (15,254)   (6.1) Electric Wholesale Sales     77,457      44,525      32,932    74.0 Gas Revenue                  29,649      22,850       6,799    29.8 Other Revenues               19,008      12,935       6,073    47.0 ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Total Operating Revenues                 360,322     329,772      30,550     9.3 ----------------------------------------------------------------------  Operating Expenses Fuel                         74,321      72,208       2,113     2.9 Purchased Energy            120,003      81,229      38,774    47.7 Other Operations and Maintenance                 74,614      63,304      11,310    17.9 Depreciation and Amortization                36,281      34,515       1,766     5.1 Amortization of Transition Recovery Asset                        6,695      19,219     (12,524)  (65.2) Taxes Other Than Income Taxes                       12,525      12,166         359     3.0 ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Total Operating Expenses                 324,439     282,641      41,798    14.8 ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Operating Income         35,883      47,131     (11,248)  (23.9) ----------------------------------------------------------------------  Other Income (Deductions) Interest Income               3,039       4,686      (1,647)  (35.1) Other Income                  2,699       4,098      (1,399)  (34.1) Other Expense                (2,291)     (1,614)       (677)  (41.9) ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Total Other Income (Deductions)               3,447       7,170      (3,723)  (51.9) ----------------------------------------------------------------------  Interest Expense Long-Term Debt               18,175      18,276        (101)   (0.6) Interest on Capital Leases                      14,331      16,126      (1,795)  (11.1) Other Interest Expense          582       1,651      (1,069)  (64.7) Interest Capitalized         (1,628)     (1,634)          6     0.4 ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Total Interest Expense     31,460      34,419      (2,959)   (8.6) ----------------------------------------------------------------------  Income Before Income Taxes      7,870      19,882     (12,012)  (60.4) Income Tax Expense            3,123       8,076      (4,953)  (61.3) ----------------------------------------------------------------------  Net Income                 $    4,747  $   11,806    $ (7,059)  (59.8) ======================================================================  Weighted-average Shares of Common Stock Outstanding (000)                         35,612      35,472         140     0.4 ======================================================================  Basic Earnings per Share   $     0.13  $     0.33    $  (0.20)  (60.6) ======================================================================  Diluted Earnings per Share $     0.13  $     0.32    $  (0.19)  (59.4) ======================================================================  Dividends Declared per Share                     $    0.240  $    0.225    $  0.015     6.7 ======================================================================   Three Months Ended Tucson Electric Power             June 30,         Increase/(Decrease) Electric MWh Sales:           2008        2007       Amount    Percent ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Retail Sales              2,403,032   2,447,563     (44,531)   (1.8) Wholesale Sales           1,160,805     825,324     335,481    40.6 ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Total                   3,563,837   3,272,887     290,950     8.9 ======================================================================  N/M - Not Meaningful Reclassifications have been made to prior periods to conform to the current period's presentation. 

 UNISOURCE ENERGY 2008 RESULTS  UniSource Energy Corporation Comparative Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income (in thousands of dollars, except per share            Six Months Ended amounts)                        June 30,         Increase/(Decrease) (UNAUDITED)                  2008        2007       Amount    Percent ----------------------------------------------------------------------  Operating Revenues Electric Retail Sales    $  446,838  $  445,212    $  1,626     0.4 Provision for Rate Refunds                    (14,898)          -     (14,898)    N/M ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Net Electric Retail Sales                     431,940     445,212     (13,272)   (3.0) Electric Wholesale Sales    129,825      93,290      36,535    39.2 Gas Revenue                  95,047      84,960      10,087    11.9 Other Revenues               33,644      24,151       9,493    39.3 ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Total Operating Revenues                 690,456     647,613      42,843     6.6 ----------------------------------------------------------------------  Operating Expenses Fuel                        142,271     133,288       8,983     6.7 Purchased Energy            221,876     167,036      54,840    32.8 Other Operations and Maintenance                145,651     134,120      11,531     8.6 Depreciation and Amortization                72,434      68,981       3,453     5.0 Amortization of Transition Recovery Asset                       23,945      34,205     (10,260)  (30.0) Taxes Other Than Income Taxes                       25,119      24,653         466     1.9 ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Total Operating Expenses                 631,296     562,283      69,013    12.3 ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Operating Income         59,160      85,330     (26,170)  (30.7) ----------------------------------------------------------------------  Other Income (Deductions) Interest Income               6,204       9,244      (3,040)  (32.9) Other Income                  5,198       5,299        (101)   (1.9) Other Expense                (2,882)     (2,251)       (631)  (28.0) ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Total Other Income (Deductions)               8,520      12,292      (3,772)  (30.7) ----------------------------------------------------------------------  Interest Expense Long-Term Debt               35,420      36,265        (845)   (2.3) Interest on Capital Leases                      28,667      32,278      (3,611)  (11.2) Other Interest Expense        1,723       3,412      (1,689)  (49.5) Interest Capitalized         (3,175)     (3,029)       (146)   (4.8) ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Total Interest Expense     62,635      68,926      (6,291)   (9.1) ----------------------------------------------------------------------  Income Before Income Taxes      5,045      28,696     (23,651)  (82.4) Income Tax Expense            2,913      11,947      (9,034)  (75.6) ----------------------------------------------------------------------  Net Income                 $    2,132  $   16,749    $(14,617)  (87.3) ======================================================================  Weighted-average Shares of Common Stock Outstanding (000)                         35,585      35,447         138     0.4 ======================================================================  Basic Earnings per Share   $     0.06  $     0.47    $  (0.41)  (87.2) ======================================================================  Diluted Earnings per Share $     0.06  $     0.46    $  (0.40)  (87.0) ======================================================================  Dividends Declared per Share                     $    0.480  $    0.450    $  0.030     6.7 ======================================================================   Six Months Ended Tucson Electric Power             June 30,         Increase/(Decrease) Electric MWh Sales:           2008        2007       Amount    Percent ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Retail Sales              4,430,115   4,459,834     (29,719)   (0.7) Wholesale Sales           2,104,014   1,659,962     444,052    26.8 ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Total                   6,534,129   6,119,796     414,333     6.8 ======================================================================  N/M - Not Meaningful Reclassifications have been made to prior periods to conform to the current period's presentation. 



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