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Green Action

Find out about our Green Action Plan.


Riverside is committed to providing safe, reliable and affordable power that achieves a balance between high quality, low cost energy and the environmental impacts of providing energy resources.


The city is equipped with its own municipal utility, which allows it the ability to select energy sources and partially control emissions.

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 government alike.

Goal 1

Increase the use of non-greenhouse gas (GHG) emitting energy by 2020 to 50% with at least 33% coming from renewable sources.

  1. Provide an annual update of the entire energy portfolio to RPU Board.
  2. Provide 20 MW of regional non-emitting sources by 2020.
  3. Create a Renewable Energy Credit (REC) rate or database for organizations looking to contribute to renewable energy.

Goal 2

Save 1% of communities load annually based on a 2004 baseline, and reduce the City’s peak electrical load demand by 10% overall.

  1. Increase commercial direct install programs.
  2. Add a program to improve low-income energy efficiency.
  3. Increase the energy efficiency of local residential and commercial structures.
  4. Develop a Demand Response Integration Plan.
  5. Develop an electric vehicle rate for residential and business customers.
  6. Assess City facility usage through a more thorough monitoring mechanism in the new billing system.
  7. Create a rate for demand response customers.
  8. Shift 10% of peak load to alternative periods by 2020 through cost-effective programming.

Goal 3

Install at least 20 MW of photovoltaic (PV) systems by 2020.

  1. Continue to offer $2.5 million towards residential and commercial PV installations annually.
  2. Provide financing mechanisms for residential/ commercial customers to install PV by 2010 and thereafter.
  3. Issue a Request for Proposal for a 5 MW Tequesquite landfill solar project.
  4. Develop solar incentives to encourage multiple housing PV systems for developers.
  5. Review existing programs designed to make solar available to low and moderate incomes.
  6. Expedite all solar PV projects through the plan review and permitting process.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.