Truckee Donner Utility holds first planning workshop
TRUCKEE, Calif. – On Wednesday, Truckee Donner Public Utility District’s Board of Directors held its regularly scheduled board meeting, which served as the first in a series of workshops to explore the dynamic regulatory and market environments the TDPUD operates within.
As many people are experiencing in their day-to-day lives, there are a number of variables creating uncertainty these days, and the utility sector is not immune to these vacillations. The reliability of the service TDPUD provides, as well as its environmental impact and affordability, are all affected by external variables such as regulations, inflation and resource availability. TDPUD staff does its best to understand and forecast these trends, to effectively develop strategic, operation and capital investment plans that ultimately result in the district’s budgets and rates.
This first workshop served as a high-level, introductory overview of key strategic discussions that address the district’s changing demands, as well as the constraints it faces. Topics included:
- Regulatory updates
- Current and forecasted trends in the water and energy needs of TDPUD’s customer base
- How the district’s electric rate structure can accommodate new, emerging factors, like net metering, rooftop solar and demand
- Greenhouse gas inventory and carbon reduction goals
The regulatory review focused on recently implemented or pending California regulations, including:
- California State Water Resource Control Board’s recently adopted Water Loss Performance Standards
- SWRCB Water Quality Standards currently in development
- California Air Resources Board’s proposed Advance Clean Fleets Rule
- California Energy Commission implementation of Senate Bill 100
- District’s transition in valuation system for rooftop solar customers
- The increased focus on GHG emissions and electrification trends.
The workshop also presented the operational and financial challenges that the district faces today when responding to regulatory and market forces. This included impacts to sourcing electric resources, maintaining electric/water reliability, new customer programs, budgets and the tools needed to responsibly serve the public.
The workshop concluded with an overview of how strategic planning efforts tie together the district’s mission, strategic plan, resource plans, capital plans and budgets. The opportunity to create an integrated resource plan —a public and transparent “roadmap” for the district’s plan to meet future, long-term electricity needs—was also introduced.
This meeting was the first in a series of meetings that will foster more in-depth strategic discussions related to integrated resource planning and budgets. The TDPUD board is meeting in December to establish the 2023 meeting schedule which will include more opportunities to engage on this subject.
Information about TDPUD board meetings and access to agendas, minutes, live streaming and archived video can be found at http://www.tdpud.org/departments/board-of-directors/board-meetings.
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