Senate Bill 350 (de Leon, Chapter 547, Statutes of 2015) (SB 350) requires publicly owned utilities (POUs) to adopt Integrated Resource Plans (IRPs) by January 1, 2019, submit them to the California Energy Commission (CEC), and update them at least once every five years thereafter.
IRPs are electricity system planning documents intended to ensure that Silicon Valley Power lays out the resource needs, policy goals, physical and operational constraints, and general priorities or proposed resource choices of an electric utility, including customer-side preferred resources. These plans will provide a framework to evaluate how utilities have chosen to align with greenhouse gas emission reduction targets as well as energy and other policy goals outlined in SB 350, including but not limited to:
- Reductions in electricity sector greenhouse gas emissions commensurate with economy-wide reductions of 40% from 1990 levels by 2030;
- A Renewables Portfolio Standard of 50% by 2030; and
- Energy efficiency, gas use efficiency and vehicle electrification targets.
On June 6, 2018, Silicon Valley Power held a presentation on the IRP and the community provided feedback through Silicon Valley Power's survey. Thank you to those participated (survey results). On November 27, 2018 the Santa Clara City Council adopted SVP's IRP in substantial form. The IRP will be finalized in early 2019.
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