Lodi, CA Endorsing the CMUA Principles Addressing Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goals
Status: Adopted on 11/15/06
RESOLUTION NO. 2006-205
A RESOLUTION OF THE LODl CITY COUNCIL ENDORSING THE CALIFORNIA MUNICIPAL UTILITIES ASSOCIATION’S PRINCIPLES ADDRESSING GREENHOUSE GAS REDUCTION GOALS
WHEREAS, on June 5, 2006, the California Municipal Utilities Association’s (CMUA) Board of Governors adopted a resolution pledging to support state goals for greenhouse gas reduction; and
WHEREAS, CMUA is a statewide association of local public agencies serving water, gas, and electricity to California consumers; and
WHEREAS, the principles support the adoption by each electric utility governing body of the following measures:
1. Developing a greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction plan consistent with the state’s reduction goals.
2. Proactively implementing state law, which requires that “...each local publicly-owned electric utility, in procuring energy, shall first acquire all available energy efficiency and demand reduction resources that are cost-effective, reliable, and feasible.”
3. After first investing in energy efficiency, then pursuing renewable energy supplies and other non-greenhouse gas emitting energy resources and clean fossil resources:
- continuing to aggressively pursue renewable energy supply.
- facilitating distributed generation/combined heat and power projects.
4. Quantifying the financial risk of greenhouse gas-producing resources in the planning and procurement process, including, but not limited to, a quantified carbon emissions risk adder (credit) for both in-state and out-of-state resources.
5. Considering environmental justice issues in its overall resource procurement and greenhouse gas reduction policies.
6. Supporting standardized, mandatory greenhouse gases reporting from all significant sources.
7. Providing measurement and verification of programs that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
8. Providing education to customers on ways they can reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and providing assistance where feasible.
WHEREAS, Electric Utility Department staff believes that the adoption of these principles will send a positive message to all concerned with GHG emissions and assist its legislative advocates in future discussions surrounding climate change regulation and legislation; and
WHEREAS, the CMUA Greenhouse Gas Principles are consistent with Assembly Bill 32, which was signed into law on September 26, 2006. AB 32, titled "California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006," requires the implementation of a variety of measures with a goal of reducing year 2020 GHG emissions in California to year 1990 levels.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Lodi City Council does hereby endorse the CMUA's principles addressing greenhouse gas reduction goals.