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.
Senate Bill (SB) 100, enacted on September 10, 2018, increased the renewable procurement target from 50% to 60% by 2030, and set a state policy goal to have 100% of retail load be served by carbon-free resources by 2045. Anaheim Public Utilities plans to increase renewable power from resources such as wind, solar, geothermal, and biogas while reducing coal power to zero as contracts expire. A balanced and diversified energy portfolio, including renewables, can reduce the risk of price spikes due to fuel supply disruptions and resulting price fluctuations. Doing this over the next several years will keep the impact to electric rates to a minimum.
Anaheim’s RPS is in full compliance with state laws, which encourage the transition from fossil fuel resources to renewable and sustainable power resources. 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 2021, Anaheim Public Utilities has increased renewable energy from 1% to 36% while significantly reducing coal power through the full divesture of San Juan Generating Station at the end of 2017, and the planned exit of Intermountain Power Plant contract in 2027. 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.