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SSJID starts work on retail public benefit requirement

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POSTED January 11, 2009 1:10 a.m.
South San Joaquin Irrigation District is taking steps to develop a public benefits program required of all retail electrical providers in California.
The SSJID board meets Tuesday at 9 a.m. at the district office, 11011 East Highway 120, to consider adopting a contract with Consol. The Stockton-based firm would be charged with developing SSJID’s public benefit program.
It is part of the SSJID’s effort to eventually take over the PG&E service territory in Manteca, Ripon, and Escalon to reduce electrical power costs to residents, businesses, industrial users and farmers by at least 15 percent across the board.
 The $49,180 contract will include the following areas and is to be completed within 90 days:
• Outline the statutory requirements for SSJID to offer public good funded programs.
• Outline investor owned utilities and municipal utilities, which surcharge its customers for energy efficiency programs.
• Determine relevant demographics for Manteca, Ripon, and Escalon.
• Compare current energy efficiency and renewable programs offered by PG&E, Modesto Irrigation District, Turlock Irrigation District, City of Lodi Electric, and Sacramento Municipal Utility District.
• Develop program outlines for each SSJID requested customer segment.
• Consult, draft, and submit a Renewable Energy Secure Communities Opportunity (RESCO) “exploratory” application to the California Energy Commission.
• Consult, draft and submit a SSJID planned project for the California Energy Commission research grant process.
The SSJID is in the process of preparing an application to the San Joaquin Local Agency Formation Commission to obtain approval to enter the retail power business.
SSJID has more than 54 years experience providing uninterrupted wholesale power to PG&E.
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