Environmental Advisory Commission Meets Tuesday

Published : Tuesday, February 13, 2018 | 8:39 AM

PWPPasadena Water and Power General Manager Gurcharan Bawa is scheduled to present an update on the utility’s Integrated Power Resources Plan on Tuesday, February 13, before the City’s Environmental Advisory Commission, which meets for its regular monthly meeting starting at 6 p.m.

PWP’s Power Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) is the City’s 20-year blueprint for ensuring reliable and environmentally-responsible energy, at affordable rates. The IRP is based on an industry-standard, 20-year planning horizon and is updated every five years.

The Pasadena City Council adopted the latest plan in June 2015, and the next iteration of the IRP will be developed this 2018. The IRP is expected to comply with SB 350, which was signed into law on October 7, 2015 and requires that load-serving entities with load greater than 700 GWh, such as PWP, should develop an IRP by January 1, 2019.

SB 350 also requires updates to the IRP every five years.

The SB 350 requirements are in addition to any internal IRP recommendations. On July 7, 2017, the California Energy Commission released a draft Guidance Document on IRP Requirements that was approved in final form on August 9, 2017.

As part of the IRP, PWP has committed to procuring 40 percent of the power the City generates from renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, geothermal, biomass, and small hydroelectric resources by the year 2020. This is referred to as the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) – the utility’s commitment to a sustainable energy future – which is targeted to be 50 percent by 2030.

The Environmental Advisory Commission has also included in the agenda the consideration of a draft letter to the City Council, about the Commission’s purpose and function.

Later in the meeting, the Commission will receive reports from the Hahamongna Watershed Park Advisory Committee, the Open Space and Conservation Element Evaluation Ad Hoc Committee, and the Responsibility and Mission Ad Hoc Committee.

The Environmental Advisory Commission advises the Pasadena City Council and makes policy recommendations in support of the goals and objectives of the City’s Environmental Charter. It also monitors and guides the Pasadena Green City Action Plan.

The Commission’s meeting will be held at the Permit Center Hearing Room at 175 N. Garfield Avenue in Pasadena.

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