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City meeting energy goals

More than 20% of energy now comes from renewable resources.

December 09, 2011|By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com
  • Solar panels that produce energy and shade on top of the Glendale Community College parking stucture overlook the college on Monday, July 21, 2008. (Roger Wilson/News-Press)
Solar panels that produce energy and shade on top of the…

Glendale is well on its way to meeting state mandates that require cities to get 33% of their energy supplies from renewable resources such as wind, solar or landfill gas by 2020.

The state law, which takes effect Saturday, sets intermediary targets — the first of which Glendale Water & Power has already beat.

Officials say the utility currently has a renewable energy portfolio of 21%, above the first intermediary target of 20% by Dec. 31, 2013. The second target is 25% from renewable energy sources by Dec. 31, 2016.

The City Council unanimously approved Glendale Water & Power’s plan to meet the targets on Tuesday.

The utility had enough renewable energy sources, most of which came from wind and landfill gas, to hit 24% recently. However, it sold some renewable credits to Pasadena.

Next year, Glendale will be back up to 24%, excluding any new projects. Glendale also plans to buy power from 2,000-foot-tall La Paz Solar Tower in Arizona, to be completed in 2014, that could put the city ahead of schedule for the final benchmark.

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Neighboring Burbank’s renewable portfolio is currently at 9%.
 
 

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