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Posted on: May 17, 2018

Banning Electric Finds New Revenue Source: Sells Renewable Energy Credits

BANNING, California, May 8, 2018 -- The City of Banning’s electric department completed a sales and transfer of renewable energy credits with a fellow Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA) member.  With the closing of units 2 and 3 at the San Juan power plant, the City replaced fossil fuel energy with renewable energy production.  Jim Steffens, Power Resource Manager, explains, “With our strong renewable energy supply we were able to help another regional community meet their renewable energy goals by selling some the City’s excess renewable energy credits.” 

The City’s renewable energy supply includes: geothermal, solar, bio-gas, and hydro production in its portfolio.  Also, included in the City’s energy supply is nuclear and system power. In 2018, the City’s energy portfolio is projected to exceed 70% renewable.  “Staff is looking for ways to reduce cost or increase revenues in order to keep our retail electrical energy rates affordable,” assures Tom Miller, Electric Utility Director. The sale of the excess renewable energy credits can be another source of revenue for the City in the near term.

The state of California has a multi-faceted energy policy which includes programs and mandates for energy efficiency, construction and weatherization, demand-side management, rooftop solar, renewable energy production, greenhouse gas emission reductions, deployment of Smart technologies, transportation electrification and grid safety, security, reliability and resilience. Miller comments, “Banning Electric is a small utility but we are making strides in every area of the State’s energy policy.”

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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 a 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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