Renewables Portfolio Standard
Renewable Resource Portfolio – Today and the Future
Since 2003, Anaheim Public Utilities Department has been committed to providing customers with increasing amounts of energy from renewable resources, while reducing the consumption of non-renewable energy sources. California’s ambitious energy policy goals are aimed at reducing reliance on fossil fuels and significantly lowering greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. A key measure for achieving these goals is the State’s Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS), which requires all utilities in the state to incrementally increase the amount of renewable energy delivered to its customers.
Anaheim Public Utilities plans to increase the renewable power with resources such as wind, solar, geothermal and biogas to 50% by 2030, reduce coal power to zero as contracts expire, and doing this over the next several years to keep the impact on electric rates to a minimum.
A balanced and diversified energy portfolio, including renewables, can reduce the risk of price spikes due to fuel supply disruptions and resulting price fluctuations.
Anaheim’s RPS Policy
In April 2011, Senate Bill X1-2 (SBX1-2) was signed by Governor Brown requiring all utilities to meet a 33% RPS goal by 2020. In October 2015, new legislation (Senate Bill 350) was signed by Governor Brown extending the RPS, establishing escalating requirements for utilities to provide 50% of retail energy sales from renewable energy resources by 2030. On December 6, 2011, City Council adopted the Department’s RPS Policy, intended to provide a workable framework to assist the utility in achieving its goal of complying with the RPS Program.
Power Content Label
Anaheim’s RPS is in full compliance with state laws, which encourage the transition from fossil fuel resources to renewable and sustainable power resource. State law requires utilities to disclose information to California consumers about the energy resources used to generate the electricity they sell. You can think of the Power Content Label (PCL) as a "nutrition label" for electricity. The PCL provides information about the energy resources used to generate electricity that is put into the power grid. Just as a nutrition label provides information about the food you eat, the PCL provides information about electricity consumed in your home.
Anaheim Public Utilities continues to transition from carbon intensive coal energy to clean renewable energy. From 2004 to 2015, Anaheim Public Utilities has increased renewable energy from 1% to 33% while reducing coal power from 73% to 37%. The percentage of renewable energy generated in any given year can vary due to the nature of renewable technology. For example, more hours of sunshine and wind will increase energy output from solar and wind resources. For this reason, there may be a difference between annual energy production from renewables, and the renewable energy targets mentioned in the section above.
The PCL is updated in the 4th quarter of every year with the previous year’s power mix, and can be found here.
Integrated Resource Plan
Anaheim Public Utilities is developing a long-term comprehensive integrated resource plan (IRP) that maps out the type of power resources that will be used to provide clean, reliable, and sustainable electrical energy to Anaheim customers, now and into the future. In the development of the IRP, Anaheim will consider changes in customer demand due to energy efficiency improvements, solar generation, and the increased use of electric vehicles, and then layout a plan to serve customers using clean renewable energy, which will also reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Completion of this plan is expected in early 2018.