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Public Utility signs clean-energy agreement

Riverside Public Utilities will buy 125 megawatts of wind-generated power from a facility being built in New Mexico.

The purchase, approved by the city council on Nov. 7, will increase the utility’s renewable energy resources to almost 70 percent, well above the 60 percent required by state law, according to a statement on the city’s website.

The transaction also assures the utility will meet the 2030 statewide clean energy mandate three years early. The project is scheduled to go online in March 2026.

“This power purchase agreement not only reinforces the city’s dedication to clean energy but also positions us as a leader in renewable energy,” said Daniel E. Garcia, the utility’s deputy general manager, in the statement. “It is a step towards a greener and more sustainable future.”

The 15-year agreement with Pattern Energy for the SunZia Wind Project in New Mexico has been in the works for one year. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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