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Riverside, Calif. – Riverside Public Utilities’ (RPU) newest local power generation units have achieved their commercial operation status and are now ready to serve the city of Riverside’s electrical needs during times of peak use and in emergency situations.The generation units are located at RPU’s Riverside Energy Resource Center (RERC), a 16-acre site adjacent to the city’s water quality control plant on Acorn Street. RERC’s first two generators, units 1 & 2, were completed in June 2006.

With the completion of units 3 & 4, RERC now features four state-of-the-art 48 megawatt (MW) simple-cycle combustion turbines and generators that can produce a total of 192 MW (one megawatt is enough power for approximately 750 southern California homes).

“These plants could not have been made possible without the commitments of Riverside’s leaders who recognized years ago the tremendous importance of creating local power plants to help serve our city’s needs,” said RPU General Manager David H. Wright. “These plants help us to keep energy rates low for our customers, increase our reliability, and offer valuable resources to Riverside in the event of an emergency or natural disaster.”

Since RPU is limited in the amount of energy it can bring in to the city, having internal generation units like those at RERC are essential in meeting customer needs during peak summer months. RPU also operates a 40 MW power plant at its Springs Substation, and 30 MW combined cycled power generation plant at the Clearwater Water Treatment Plant located in Corona which help increase the city’s capacity to meet these peak energy demands. Additionally, local power plants are essential in times of emergency, should Riverside’s outside power connections be disrupted.

RPU will host a dedication ceremony for the two new RERC power plants on May 25.


May 24, 2011 at 3:17 pm

Riverside’s Green Initiatives, Sustainability Plans Receive Honors in International Communitas Awards

DALLAS, TX – The City of Riverside’s environmental initiatives and sustainability plans were recognized for their outstanding achievements by the Association of Marketing and Communications Professionals (ACMP) in their international Communitas Awards competition last week.

The City of Riverside was one of only 30 to receive 2011 Communitas Awards, which recognize exceptional businesses, organizations, and individuals from around the globe for their specific programs involving volunteerism, philanthropy, or ethical, sustainable business practices.

Riverside received two Gold Communitas Awards for its “Sustainability Programs” and “Green Initiatives” entries, which highlighted the city’s ongoing efforts in creating and implementing environmental policies and programs such as their Green Action Plan – which outlines Riverside’s strategies for increased use of renewable energy resources, preservation of water resources, reduction of greenhouse gases, waste management, recycling, and transportation, that help to maintain and cultivate a more sustainable community.

Riverside was also one of a handful of participants chosen by the ACMP this year to receive the Platinum Leadership in Community Service and Corporate Social Responsibility Award for its “Green Riverside/Seizing our Destiny” entry. The Leadership award is given only to organizations which show excellence in multiple programs.

“These awards highlight the many efforts Riverside is committed to and have been promoting for the last ten years,” said Riverside City Councilmember Rusty Bailey, who also chairs the city’s Land Use/ Utility Services / Energy Development Committee. “We are very pleased to be honored for our accomplishments.”

“While creating award winning policies and programs helps to keep Riverside among the leading green cities in the nation and around the world, we are also proud to be able to share our blueprints of success with other communities, and foster the ‘people helping people’ spirit that the Communitas Awards represent,” Bailey said.

May 3, 2011 at 4:10 pm

Story from AWWA

Here’s an interesting story from American Water Works Association that’s directly relevant to the incorrect water story about Riverside from December 2009, and again this year. Thought this was interesting.

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Our readers may remember back in late 2009 when the Environmental Working Group (EWG) released an update to their Water Quality Database, and with much fanfare they also released a list of the top 100 best and worst cities for water safety. The report and the list generated a LOT of media coverage in national outlets such as the New York Times, Associated Press and MSNBC. Shortly thereafter the water community went to great pains to point out multiple discrepancies in the data used, and called its validity into question.

Unfortunately, it seems that those same media outlets don’t remember running that story. Many of them, including the AP and MSNBC, reran the same article last week.  Only this time it was a different group who claimed to have examined the data and come to the exact same conclusions as EWG – right down to the list of 100 best and worst cities (we can only imagine what EWG thought). Here at AWWA we noticed the discrepancy and tried to alert various media outlets (although to date we have not heard back from any of them).  It seems we weren’t the only ones.

For the rest of the article follow the link below:

February 23, 2011 at 5:10 pm

State Department of Conservation Director Delivers First Emerald City Designation

State Department of Conservation director delivers first Emerald City designation

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Praising Riverside as one of the greenest cities in the state, California Department of Conservation Director Bridgett Luther officially designated Riverside as the first “Emerald City” Tuesday night.

The director came from Sacramento to a Riverside City Council evening session to extend the invitation to become an Emerald City directly to the council.

The invitation was unanimously accepted by all seven councilmembers.

The designation clears the way for the city to become part of a groundbreaking two-city, 18-month pilot project in which the state will lend resources, grants and expertise to the citys’ sustainable green initiatives. In return, the state will gauge the progress of the programs to compile a guide to aid other California cities in their efforts to attain their sustainable resource and conservation goals.

The City of Tracy will soon receive the second designation.

“We will partner together [in the pilot project] to bring you additional resources… to build a best practices handbook, Web site and toolbox for other communities,” Luther said. “We will be identifying barriers, such as cost and regulatory conflicts. With your commitment and leadership, we’re going to some great places together. Communities that embrace sustainability will be communities people want to live in.”

Ward 4 Councilmember Frank Schiavone noted that the recognition showcases the city’s efforts in recycling and sustainability.

“This recognition shows we’re a cut above,” he said. “We’re doing more than just talking about it –we’re walking the walk.”

Wally Longshore, a senior resident of Riverside, expressed his approval during public comment to the council.

“It affirms that we have a moral imperative to take the lead in greening America,” he said. “This city has a great destiny to fulfill, my friends. This is Riverside’s finest hour.”

According to state officials, the pilot project criterion include: sustainable land uses and development principles; energy conservation and efficiency; water conservation and quality; environmental health of citizens; air quality; and waste reduction and recycling rates.

For Riverside’s Green Action Plan, go to:

February 2, 2009 at 4:36 pm