CITY HALL — The governor’s expected veto of pending legislation that would force utilities to use in-state resources to cut emissions 33% by 2020 would not only give officials pause for relief, but ratepayers as well, according to a report Monday to the Glendale Water & Power Commission.
State legislators recently approved a pair of bills that would require renewable energy — such as solar, wind and geothermal energy — to make up a third of a city’s power portfolio by 2020. But the bills would not count out-of-state resources toward meeting that requirement, frustrating utilities like those in Glendale and Burbank that have tied their renewable energy procurements to outside projects.
“It would be detrimental,” Glendale Water & Power General Manager Glenn Steiger said.
Glendale Water & Power officials do not oppose the 33% benchmark, which the utility has already pledged to meet, but last week it joined more than 60 utilities across California in opposing the in-state requirement proposed in the legislation.