Pasadena Water and Power (PWP) has been providing utility services since 1906. Its current service territory spans approximately 26 miles and includes almost 66,000 electric and 38,000 water accounts.
In 2009, the City of Pasadena adopted an Integrated Resource Plan (“IRP”) which includes a commitment to provide 40% of retail energy requirements with renewable resources by 2020. PWP is on track to meet or exceed those goals in 2017, and actively pursues opportunities to expand its renewable portfolio standard (“RPS”) with minimal impacts to customer rates. PWP is also collaborating with public stakeholders to develop its 2018 IRP, which will meet or exceed the requirements of SB 350.
During calendar year 2016, PWP achieved a voluntary RPS of 30% and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 47% below 1990 levels. PWP’s FY2017 energy efficiency programs added annual savings of 23,447 MWh per year, or 2.2% of retail sales. Pasadena has also reduced 272,909 metric tons of greenhouse gases since 2008.
In December 2016, PWP completed an extensive power plant upgrade that replaced aging steam-generating equipment with a highly efficient combined-cycle natural gas-fueled turbine. The upgrade provides Pasadena with approximately 71 MW of clean, reliable, natural gas-fueled power, and the infrastructure needed to embrace advances in renewable resources.