IRP stands for the Pasadena Water and Power’s Integrated Resource Plan. The idea is for a “long-range blueprint for providing customers with reliable, environmentally responsible electric service, competitive rates, and energy independence over the next two decades.”
With our drought not showing any sign of abating, increasing water-wise efforts by all of us will become, hopefully, increasingly second nature.
The Associated Press reports that hundreds of rural residents in San Joaquin Valley have been living without drinkable water for up to four months. Individual wells have dried up and the Tulare County Office of Emergency Services has handed out rationed bottled water. One farmworker said “she still gets a trickle from her tap, but dirt started coming out with the water about a week ago.”
Veronica Rocha of the L.A. Times reported that “a study published in the journal Science on Thursday estimates that the ongoing drought in the western United States has caused a loss of 63 trillion gallons of groundwater since the beginning of 2013.” Trinity Lake, Lake Oroville, and Lake Shasta are the state’s three largest reservoirs and they are at 30% capacity, “close to the record lows reached in 1977.”
Photo, top right: Lake Oroville on July 20, 2011. Below: Lake Oroville on August 19, 2014…
Pasadena has a solar initiative with the aim to help customers install 14-mega watts of solar power by 2017. Below is a map of Pasadena, yellow dots being solar installations on private residences and the blue dots being commercial solar systems:
With all this in mind, energy roadmap events may be just the answer…
Energy Roadmap & IRP
Wednesday, Aug. 27, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Or, Saturday, Aug. 30th, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Laemmle Playhouse 7, 672 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena
Free event though reservations are required as seating is limited
Call 626.744.7311 or reserve online here
For details, please visit CityofPasadena.net