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1 RPU Electric Environmental and Economic Effectiveness Plan or RPU Environmental and Economic Effectiveness Effort RPU E4 Plan

2  Provide the benefits of green energy, energy efficiency and sustainability  Continue to support customers and the city through economic development, business retention and green jobs  Produce immediate benefits  Short term  2010 through 2012

3 Why?  Mayor’s swearing in remarks:  Objective is to be a green economy  Need green economic plan  Particular help from RPU  Become the model solar city for Southern California  Council and Board Objectives  Seizing our Destiny  Difficult economic times  RPU can help!

4 Economic Recovery  Freeze electric rates through 2012  Provides predictable rates to residents  Provide rate certainty to existing and future business customers  Allows recovery and provides local jobs  Continue to support low income customers through SHARE (400% increase)  Water Efficiency and Conservation components

5 Environmental Responsibility  Work on AB – 32 efforts to reduce GHG  Continue with goals of  33% renewables by 2020  1% energy efficiency load reduction each year through 2020  Advocacy against ineffective and uneconomic aspects of regulations  Start Construction of Recycled Water Project Phase 1 by 2012  Eventually 33% increase in water resources\  Utilize innovative water storage programs  Recognition of water-wise landscaping on website

6 Promote the Green Energy Premium  Voluntary program  2 cents per kWh  Recognize our Green Partners  Publish all participants on GreenRiverside.com  Customer authorization  Separate lists of businesses and residential customers

7 Local Renewable PV Systems  136 systems in Riverside  Individual customer systems  Recognize our Solar Partners  Publish all participants on GreenRiverside.com  Customer authorization  Separate lists of businesses and residential customers

8 E-HELP  Energy - Home Efficiency Loan Program  Brings low-cost energy efficiency financing to all homeowners  Summer start date  Provide Green Jobs through local hires:  City functions - loan processing, clerical support and field verification staff  Private sector - “green” vendors and contractors

9 E-HELP Promotion  Strong marketing starting in fall 2010  SOLAR SALE!  Increase residential solar rebate to $4.00/watt (33% increase) through 2012  Double the rebates of surrounding utilities  Up to $16,000 per household, up to 75% of cost  Budget up to $2,000,000 per year for rebates

10 Local Large Scale PV  Tequesquite ready for bid in fall  Construction during winter  Local 1 MW solar project  Provides Green Jobs  Start phase 2 of an additional megawatt in 2012  Create program to sell “shares” or “limited customer ownership” of this project to customers

11 Whole House Rebate Program  Stress award winning Whole House Program  Permanent green homes  One stop rebates for multiple energy efficiency measures  Includes water conservation measures  Rebates can increase to 350% or $7,000 cap  National recognition from DOE Secretary Chu

12 Energy Efficiency - Insulation  Extend the Triple Rebate Insulation program through 2012 with $1 million annual budget  Half of housing stock built before insulation required  Highest cost-benefit for energy efficiency  Work with The Gas Company to create a vendor rebate “direct pay”  Homeowners no longer pay first and receive rebate  Immediately free for low-income homeowners  Set a goal of R30 insulation for every home in Riverside

13 Economic Development  Effort only through Electric Utility  Increase promotion of RPU Economic Development Rate (especially with hi-tech, green jobs and green manufacturing)  Continue working with existing customers for business retention and expansion through targeted rates programs  Target local unemployed for vacant positions  Increase internships for succession planning

14 RPU Green Jobs & Economic Development  Add a position in the Utility supporting Economic Development  Create an RPU Business Advocate position to work with businesses facing challenges  Add two Account Reps to focus on Green job related activities and sustainability  Add two positions for E-HELP Loan Processing  Add another Account Rep. in Water to meet conservation goals and reduce bills

15 Smart Grid  Convert all meters to Smart Meters by 2012  Green Jobs  Utilize data collection capabilities  Reduce carbon footprint - significant vehicle trip reductions by remote meter reading, remote turn-ons, turn-offs, and re-reads  Significantly improved outage management  Initial focus on smart meter technology for large Industrial TOU customers  Future ITO to assist develop program

16 10,000 Visits  Visit every business customer in Riverside through 2012  Provide businesses with free programs:  Lighting retrofit  Programmable thermostat  Vending machine miser  Appliance energy usage monitor  Sprinkler heads as appropriate

17 Web Development  Significantly improve RPU websites  Enhance RiversidePublicUtilities.com portal  Emphasize GreenRiverside.com and BlueRiverside.com  Focus initial page on high customer interest programs and information  Educate visitors on the City of Riverside’s Green commitment  Significantly promote all money and energy savings programs

18 Paperless Billing  Improve customer ease of use  No utility bill snail mailed  Automated only  Exact presentation of paper bill  Dynamic Billing capability  5,000 customers already enrolled  Green and saves “green!”

19 National Promotion  Promote the City of Riverside nationally  Promote programs nationwide to encourage economic development awareness  Submit to all trade publications for awareness campaign  Submit to Community and Public Interest publications  State and national award program submittals  Promote Riverside as a solar city  Promote Recycled Water effectiveness  Continue to develop new and innovative programs to benefit Riverside, our customers and the environment

20 Contact Info  Steve Badgett   Mike Bacich 

21 Recommendation That the Board of Public Utilities conceptually approve and recommend adoption to the City Council.

22 Seizing Our Destiny Assists with these Strategic Routes:  Strong Innovative Economy That Builds Community  Well Developed Highly Sought- After Workforce  Becoming a Green Machine  Telling Our Story

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