Pasadena Water and Power to Submit Final Power Integrated Resource Plan on Tuesday

Published : Monday, November 26, 2018 | 5:35 AM

Pasadena Water and Power will submit the final form of the City’s 2018 Power Integrated Resource Plan to the City Council’s Municipal Services Committee Tuesday, November 27, which in turn will consider recommending its approval next week by the full Council.

The 20-year Integrated Resource Plan is geared toward finding a portfolio of power supply sources that ensure a reliable and sustainable supply, a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, and competitive and stable rates.

As drafted by PWP, the plan also includes analysis of the combinations of resources and scenarios that are necessary for the City to achieve these objectives.

According to state law, the 2018 Power IRP must be submitted to the California Energy Commission by April 30, 2019. PWP General Manager Gurcharan Bawa, in an Agenda Report, said the City Council must adopt the plan before January 1 to make it to the state deadline.

“PWP plans to submit all of the filing requirements to the CEC as soon as possible, after City Council adoption,” Bawa wrote.

The City Council should be able to adopt the plan during its meeting on December 3, the report said.

Under state law, specifically SB 350, PWP and all California utilities are required to develop an Integrated Resource Plan that compliance with environmental requirements, among others.

The City has been submitting a power integrated resource plan every three to five years since the early 1990s. The most recent submissions were in 2009, 2012, and 2015.

According to PWP’s draft, among the recommendations are that the City should not go into new long-term commitments for fossil-fueled resources for its energy needs, achievement of a 60 percent Renewable Portfolio Standard by 2030 by using a combination of long-term and short-term procurement contracts consistent with state law, maintaining PWP’s existing local gas-fired power plants to meet peak demands and ensure local reliability, achieving at least a 75 percent greenhouse gas reduction from 1990 levels by 2030, and developing an update to the power plan within five years.

Bawa or another PWP representative will be briefing the Municipal Services Committee Tuesday about details of the 2018 Power Integrated Resource Plan.

Later in the meeting, the Committee will receive an update on Pasadena’s MASH (Maintenance Assistance and Services to Homeowners) training program, particularly on placements made within fiscal year 2018.

MASH trains mostly unskilled adults, 18 and older, to gain the skills and work habits that are necessary for them to be able to obtain permanent employment.

In practical situations, MASH-trained crews are called in by City departments to assist residences in times of need, as in relocating family members and belongings when fire or other health issues necessitate, sandbagging hillsides during heavy rainstorms, evacuating neighborhoods when fire threatens, and demolishing earthquake damaged chimneys.

Tuesday’s meeting begins at 4 p.m. at the City Council chambers, Room S249 at the Pasadena City Hall.

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