Power Generation Resources
The City of Banning owns a variety of power generation resources to provide the electricity required to meet the demands of its customers.
This includes power from:
- Coal (20 MW)
- Geothermal generation resources (3.4 MW)
- Nuclear (2 MW)
- Hydro (2 MW)
Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS)
The City adopted a Renewables Portfolio Standard (“RPS”) in March 2004, where it committed to obtain 20 percent of its electricity requirements from renewable resources by December 31, 2017. In June of 2007 the City re-evaluated its RPS and increased its commitment from 20 to 33 percent by December 31, 2020.
The intent of the RPS is to:
- Protect public health
- Improve environmental quality
- Create new employment opportunities
- Promote stable electricity prices
- Reduce reliance on imported fuels
Integrated Resource Plan (IRP)
The City is required to submit a comprehensive Integrated Resource Plan (Minimum Investment Report) to the Western Area Power Association every five years, with annual updates.