Initially designed to serve electric customers in the city of Corona, the Clearwater Cogeneration Power Plant (Clearwater) now serves Riverside Public Utilities.
Following the deregulation of California's power market, Corona built Clearwater and brought it online in March of 2005. However, lack of demand, and the dissolution of their public utility left them with a power plant they didn't need. In March 2010, RPU entered into an agreement to purchase the plant from Corona.
Clearwater produces approximately 22 megawatts (MW) from a natural gas-fired single combustion turbine generator, which is similar to those RPU operates at its Springs and RERC power plant facilities. Additionally, Clearwater cogenerates an additional 8 MW of power by utilizing the heat produced by the gas-fired generator in boilers, which in turn create the steam that is needed to power a steam turbine generator on site.
In addition to producing environmentally friendly power, Clearwater helps reduce energy procurement costs for RPU, which assists in our mission to provide high quality, reliable power to our customers at the lowest rates possible.
Public Notice of Proposed Activity Potentially Affecting Federal Lands at Clearwater Cogeneration Facility – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is currently evaluating whether it would be appropriate to issue interests in real property, now held by the Federal Government, and managed by the Corps on land leased to the City of Corona in Prado Basin, to the City of Riverside. Click on links below, or at right, for more information.