Updates From MWD, Changes To Energy Portfolio Risk Management Policy, Regulation 23 To Be Discussed At Tuesday's Municipal Services Committee Meeting
Published : Monday, February 26, 2018 | 7:59 PM
Former Pasadena City Manager Cynthia Kurtz will make an appearance at the meeting of the City Council’s Municipal Services Committee on Tuesday, February 27. She will address the committee with updates from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) where she now represents Pasadena on its Board of Directors.
Also included among items up for discussion at Tuesday’s meeting—a proposal to adopt changes to the Energy Portfolio Risk Management Policy for wholesale energy transactions at Pasadena Water and Power (PWP). The current policy, first approved by the city council in October 2014, governs PWP activities in the wholesale energy and natural gas markets and establishes guidelines for PWP to manage its energy portfolio risks.
Another PWP-related item on the agenda is a proposed resolution amending Regulation 23 and adopting associated interconnection agreements to require new interconnections of self-generation units for use in renewable generation and fuel sources.Regulation 23 provides guidelines about how PWP customers can install electrical generation systems while remaining connected to PWP’s grid. Currently, customers can install solar photovoltaics, internal combustion-driven emergency backup generators, fuel cells, steam generators, and gas turbines.
Since nearly all self-generation resources use fossil fuels such as diesel, gasoline, or natural gas, the proposed resolution seeks to require PWP customers to use only renewable generation and fuel sources, in hopes of decreasing air pollution while at the same time relieving upward pressure on PWP’s rates.
Once approved, PWP said the requirement would be incorporated into Regulation 23 and apply to all customers applying to interconnect a new self-generation resource on or after March 5.
Self-generation resources with existing interconnection agreements and completed applications submitted before March 5 would be exempt, PWP said.
The Municipal Services Committee meeting starts at 4 p.m. at the City Council Chambers at City Hall, 100 North Garfield Avenue.