The city is equipped with its own municipal utility, which
allows it the ability to select energy sources and partially
The State has adopted and implemented
a policy to increase the use of renewable energy to meet 33
percent of its electric load by 2020. Riverside is working to
secure new sources of renewable power and non-greenhouse
gas emitting sources.
Every energy goal and associated task in this plan is aimed at
focusing our City’s power resources mix at reliable renewable
energy or using less energy. By reducing consumption,
it creates energy savings for residents, business and
Increase the use of non-greenhouse gas (GHG) emitting energy by 2020 to 50% with at least
33% coming from renewable sources.
- Provide an annual update of the entire energy portfolio to RPU Board.
- Provide 20 MW of regional non-emitting sources by 2020.
- Create a Renewable Energy Credit (REC) rate or database for organizations looking
to contribute to renewable energy.
Save 1% of communities load annually based on a 2004 baseline, and reduce the City’s peak
electrical load demand by 10% overall.
- Increase commercial direct install programs.
- Add a program to improve low-income energy efficiency.
- Increase the energy efficiency of local residential and commercial structures.
- Develop a Demand Response Integration Plan.
- Develop an electric vehicle rate for residential and business customers.
- Assess City facility usage through a more thorough monitoring mechanism in the
new billing system.
- Create a rate for demand response customers.
- Shift 10% of peak load to alternative periods by 2020 through cost-effective
Install at least 20 MW of photovoltaic (PV) systems by 2020.
- Continue to offer $2.5 million towards residential
and commercial PV installations annually.
- Provide financing mechanisms for residential/
commercial customers to install PV by 2010 and
- Issue a Request for Proposal for a 5 MW
Tequesquite landfill solar project.
- Develop solar incentives to encourage multiple
housing PV systems for developers.
- Review existing programs designed to make
solar available to low and moderate incomes.
- Expedite all solar PV projects through the plan
review and permitting process.
- Keep plan check and permit fees for solar PV
systems affordable and reasonable by assessing
fees based on actual and/or estimated cost of
service rather than the typical valuation based fee.
- Develop solar photovoltaic system installation
guidelines according to the National Electrical
Code and provide to contractors and designers
in order to assist in streamlining and simplifying
the design and installation process.