Rebates Under Discussion to Encourage Pasadenans to Use Fossil-Fueled Alternatives

Published : Monday, May 21, 2018 | 5:50 AM

In the near future, Pasadena Water and Power (PWP) customers could enjoy some rebates and other incentives as part of Pasadena’s program to encourage the use of electric vehicles, appliances, or equipment in lieu of fossil-fueled alternatives, in the process reducing the environmental impact while generating additional revenues for PWP.

The subject will be discussed Tuesday at a meeting of the Municipal Services Committee of the Pasadena City Council before it is brought before the full City Council next month as a resolution.

As recommended by PWP, the resolution will authorize the PWP general manager to provide rebates and other incentives to electric customers as part of an electrification program that will be developed soon, which will include an Electric Vehicle Initiative meant to encourage the broader use of plug-in electric vehicles.

An Agenda Report intended for the City Council’s meeting on June 4 explained how using electric vehicles could reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and other air pollutants, reduce operating costs for vehicle owners as well as the City fleet, and increase PWP’s electricity sale revenues.

Initially, PWP intends to secure additional renewable energy resources to meet the increased use of electricity resulting from “transportation electrification,” funding the program through the use of revenues from the sale of Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) credits, the state’s Public Benefits Charge (PBC), electric rates, and other sources.

In the Agenda Report, PWP General Manager Gurcharan Bawa said the electrification program will include rebates for customers who buy electric vehicles or install electric vehicle charging equipment, heat pumps, or other electric appliances.

“In addition to encouraging private investment in charging infrastructure, the program will include the installation of more City-owned charging stations using a fee structure that should enable PWP to recover the associated capital and operating costs,” Bawa wrote. “The program will include projects to demonstrate evolving technologies and will also implement incentives and electric rate changes over time that encourage off-peak use of electricity. This will minimize adverse impacts on the electric grid and maximize the economic benefit to PWP customers.”

The electrification program will also include developing consumer information, marketing materials, and direct interaction with commercial customers and vehicle fleet operators to explore and encourage electrification, Bawa said.

Once the electrification program is in place, it should yield increased revenues from electricity sales that exceed the costs of putting the program in place and any additional energy procurement costs, the report said.

As of now, electric energy consumption in Pasadena currently generates about $1 million in annual electric rate revenues.

The Municipal Services Committee meets at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the City Council Chambers at City Hall.

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