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Roseville Electric to hold public workshops on renewable energy plan

Utility must update Integrated Resource Plan to meet state mandate
By: Sena Christian, The Press Tribune
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Roseville Electric is hosting two public workshops to explain its efforts to use more renewable energy in compliance with a state mandate and how this will increase costs for the utility.

California’s legislature passed the Renewable Standard Portfolio in fall 2011, which requires utilities to obtain 33 percent of their electricity by renewable resources by 2020. Utilities must average 20 percent renewables by December 2013.

The law specifies the types of eligible sources to meet compliance and omits large hydroelectric, which Roseville Electric has been using to meet a city-established mandate to reach 20 percent renewables by 2012.

Large hydro refers to electricity generated by hydropower, or the production of power through the gravitational force of water. This power is made through dams that drive a turbine or generator. Without large hydro, Roseville Electric is at 12 percent renewable energy.

Assistant Utility Director Mike Bloom said renewable energy is more expensive, and his department is looking at the reliability of various renewable sources and potential financial impacts.

“It has upward cost pressure on the utility,” Bloom said. “It will increase our costs over the next few years.”

He said the utility provider doesn’t yet know how it will deal with the additional cost.

To meet changes in the law, Roseville Electric is updating what’s called an Integrated Resource Plan, which was last completed in 2008.

This plan is used to meet the future power needs of customers and takes into consideration changing demand for electricity, energy efficiency measures and supply side generation options, such as new power plants and power purchase agreements.

Utility staff will present its updated plan to Roseville City Council in April.

~ Sena Christian

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Roseville Electric public meetings
What:
Discussion of utility’s updated Integrated Resource Plan
When: 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 13 at Martha Riley Library, 1501 Pleasant Grove Blvd. and 6:30 p.m., Thursday, March 22 at Maidu Community Center, 1550 Maidu Drive
Info: www.rosevilleelectric.org