Lodi City Council looks for more renewable energy without raising electricity rates
Solar panels line a field in this undated photograph. The city of Lodi has some wiggle room in adoption of the state’s new energy standards, thanks to previous efforts toward using renewable energy.
- Lodi’s 2012 energy mix
Renewable energy: 20.9 percent
Coal: 0.0 percent
Large hydroelectric: 10.2 percent
Natural gas: 2.7 percent
Nuclear power: 0.0 percent
Oil: 0.0 percent
Unspecified power sources: 66.2 percent
— Source: Lodi Electric Utility
Posted: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 12:25 pm
New state regulations will give Lodi wiggle room in meeting strict renewable energy standards by 2020 without major rate increases, according to city officials who briefed Lodi City Council members on the issue Tuesday.
As part of a state effort to protect the environment and reduce reliance on nonrenewable energy sources — coal, natural gas and nuclear power — the city is required to have 33 percent of its energy portfolio include renewable energy sources such as solar or wind energy by 2020. Lodi is slightly exceeding the current 20 percent renewable energy standard.
Tuesday, October 1, 2013 12:25 pm.