(El Centro, CA) With a significant part of its renewable energy mix coming from several new projects, the Imperial Irrigation District expects its renewable energy portfolio will soon meet, if not exceed, state requirements.
From a level of about 9 percent in 2011, IID has been able to ramp up its renewable energy mix to such a level where it expects it will easily meet the 20-percent mark in 2012. A significant part of the electric utilityâ€™s renewable mix is expected to come from the acquisition of an array of local renewable resources and energy market purchases, which include solar, geothermal, biomass and biogas.
California law requires publically-owned utilities to average 20 percent in renewable energy sources during the first compliance period, which is years 2011, 2012 and 2013. The requirements ramp up to 25 percent by 2016 and 33 percent by 2020.
â€œIID has been a long promoter and proponent of renewable energy,â€ said Belen Valenzuela, assistant energy manager for Resource Planning. â€œBeing able to reach these milestones with local resources really says a lot about IIDâ€™s commitment to meeting the stateâ€™s renewable energy mandates.â€
By 2013, IID expects its renewable mix to close in on the 30 percent mark. At that time, IID projects the biggest part of the mix to come from biomass (9.6 percent), followed by small hydroelectric, which is estimated to make up about 7.68 percent at that time.