Renewable Energy

What is renewable energy?
Renewable energy is energy generated from nearly inexhaustible sources such as the sun, the wind, the ocean, and the Earth's core, or from sources that can be quickly replenished such as biomass and biogas.

What are Renewable Portfolio Standards?
California's Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), one of the most ambitious renewable energy standards in the country was initially established in 2002 under Senate Bill 1078 and accelerated in 2006 under Senate Bill 107.

The newest renewable portfolio legislation - SBX 1-2, requires all California's electric utilities to reach the 33% RPS in 3 compliance periods. Between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2013, the utilities must procure renewable energy products equal to 20% of retail sales. By December 31, 2016, utilities must procure renewable energy products equal to 25% of retail sales, and by December 31, 2020, utilities must procure renewable energy products equal to 33% of retail sales and maintain that percentage in following years. In order to achieve compliance with the statute, Azusa is actively pursuing opportunities to contract for requisite amounts of renewable portfolio standard compliance products, including renewable energy and “unbundled” Renewable Energy Credits (REC’s).

Azusa's Progress
Azusa has been at the forefront of renewable energy procurement and utilization since the passage of first California renewable energy legislation - SB1078. The City is making extensive strides to meet the states current renewable energy goals through Azusa Light & Water. The City was one of the first electric utilities to sign a long term agreement for 6 MW of wind power from High Winds Project in northern California in 2003. In addition to the High Winds Project the City signed a long term agreement for 6.5 MW of wind generation from Garnet Wind in Palm Springs, California. The City has also contracted hydropower from local small hydro power plants owned by San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District and Metropolitan Water District, providing approximately 4.7 MW of capacity. In January 2013 Azusa signed 2 long term 3.5 MW agreements (through SCPPA) for renewable energy from 2 solar projects to be developed near the City of Lancaster. Delivery from the projects will commence in January 2015. Currently Azusa is in exclusive negotiations to contract renewable energy from 2 projects in San Bernardino County, 3 MW from a future photovoltaic project and 3 MW from an existing solar thermal project.

The City continues to look ahead and plan its future renewable resources as needed with the expectation to meet its renewable energy goals. It should be noted that along its efforts to achieve compliance with SBX 1-2, Azusa carefully assesses its "unmet long-term generation resource needs" [PUC Section 399.30 (a)]. In that regard, Azusa expects to have minimal, if any, unmet long-term generation needs before 2015 and perhaps even later in 2018.