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Posted on: May 17, 2018

Banning Electric Submits 2017 Power Source Disclosure: Power Content is 54% Renewable

BANNING, California, May 8, 2018 -- The City of Banning’s electric department completed mandatory reporting in compliance with the state of California’s power content labeling.  This report is indicative of the City’s progress of the Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) of 33% by 2020. The annual report is submitted to the state’s California Energy Commission who regulates the Publicly Owned Utilities.  This is the sixth consecutive year the City’s power content label discloses gains in renewable energy sources. Power Resource Manager, Jim Steffens, indicates, “54% renewable sources exceed the mandatory 2017 RPS requirements by 100%.”

The Annual Power Content Label delineates the City’s power supply by generation source. The City’s renewable supply includes: geothermal production (32%), solar production (15%) and bio-gas production (6%) as the primary products.  Coal, nuclear, large hydro, and system power complement (45%) renewable sources to meet local power supply needs.  Steffens explains, “With the early termination of our San Juan power contract and the replacement solar and bio-gas contracts, the City’s energy portfolio should exceed 70% renewable in 2018.”  SB 350 increased the RPS requirements to 50% by 2030.  “We are hopeful that our aggressive approach to meeting the RPS standards enables the City to maintain rate stability while behaving environmentally responsible,” comments Tom Miller, Electric Utility Director for the City.

Banning Electric offers a variety of programs in support of California’s energy policy.  The City has been a long-time advocate of the wise use of electrical energy through the promotion of energy efficiency and weatherization, responsiveness to customer-owned rooftop solar arrays, reducing the impact of fossil fuels in and reducing the City’s carbon footprint, aggressively seeking renewable energy supply, installing electric vehicle charging stations, and deploying automated meter reading technology in pursuit of a reliable and resilient distribution of electrical energy.  Miller states, “Unfortunately, responding to the state’s aggressive energy policies like the RPS and Cap & Trade puts significant upward pressure on electric rates.  We hope that early action relieves some pressure in the long-term.” 

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The City of Banning is a full-service community serving a population of 30,000 people located in the Inland Empire, 90 miles east of Los Angeles.  Banning Electric is a not-for-profit, publicly owned retail electrical energy distribution utility with 6 distribution substations and 134 miles of power lines serving nearly 13,500 citizen patrons.  The City of Banning is member of the Southern California Public Power Agency enjoying the benefits of joint action through cost-effective planning, construction, management, and operations of electrical energy resources.

Contact: Amber Rockwell, Public Benefits (951) 922-3560 or arockwell@ci.banning.ca.us

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