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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | November 2, 2012
A state law that requires 20% of the city's average energy sales to come from renewable energy is projected to cost the city $17.8 million this fiscal year, officials reported on Tuesday. The financial burden of complying with the state mandate - which ups the ante every few years - outraged Councilman David Gordon, particularly because Burbank was generating enough energy before the state bill was passed to meet its power needs. “Any renewables we bring in basically results in a situation where we back off our own generation in order to bring renewables in,” said Power Resources Manager Bruno Jeider.
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By Jeremy Oberstein | September 1, 2007
BURBANK — The City Council approved a 20-year agreement Tuesday to lease wind power from a Utah-based wind farm, pushing forward with the city’s effort to use more renewable energy. The move follows a June 5 council resolution that set a goal of using 33% renewable energy by 2020 and follows a global shift toward using wind power. “The public has elected policy makers that favor renewable energy and we are seeing more and more of that,” said Bill Mace, assistant general manager for Burbank Water and Power.
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By Mark Kellam | April 8, 2011
Citing falling revenues and rising costs, the Burbank Water and Power Board on Thursday recommended a 4.9% water rate increase, the first of what could be three rate hikes in the coming years. The utility plans to ask for another 4.9% water rate increase in fiscal year 2012-13 and for a 3.9% bump in 2013-14. Utility officials cited the high cost of developing renewable energy and imported water in pushing for the latest rate increase, which would come less than a year after the City Council approved a 13.5% rate hike.
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By Zain Shauk | April 22, 2009
GLENDALE — Local utility managers voiced support Tuesday for a bill that would force them to produce a third of their energy from renewable sources by 2020. The proposed law would help speed the development of power plants and transmission lines in California that could cut down on greenhouse-gas emissions, the managers said. While many of the state’s 46 utilities are not on track to meet the proposed mandate, Burbank Water and Power and Glendale Water & Power are both expected to meet the 33% goal by 2020 because they have joined with other utilities to build green energy plants in other states and transmit that power back to the Los Angeles area, managers said.
NEWS
June 6, 2009
Today was the deadline for myriad bills introduced on the Legislature floor with hopes of eventually becoming law. Those introduced to the Senate had to make it to the Assembly and vice versa for the second round of consideration before possibly advancing to the governor’s office for a signature. Below is summary of some of the locally produced bills that did and didn’t make it to the next round.   RENEWABLE ENERGY The state Assembly approved two bills aimed at promoting renewable energy that were authored by local lawmakers.
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January 12, 2008
The council directed the Public Works Department to explore ways the city can support renewable energy locally for the city?s new Community Services Building. On the agenda was a possible two-year, $4,865 deal between Burbank and 3Degrees, a San Francisco-based renewable energy firm that would have certified the new structure as environmentally friendly, as is required for buildings that seek the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design seal of approval. WHAT IT MEANS After staffers report their findings, the council could still adopt the agreement between Burbank and 3Degrees.
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By Bryan Mahoney | May 31, 2011
The U.S. Department of Energy could learn a thing or two from the researchers and power-company employees of Burbank. While the nation’s energy policy slowly, laboriously trudges toward sustainability and cleaner energy practices, Burbank Water and Power has continuously stayed ahead of the curve. In the mid-1990s, when fiber-optic cables were in their fledgling stages as a viable transmission technology, Burbank was already equipped with them. This became a real competitive difference, city officials say, for studios choosing to locate here or to continue operating within the city limits that needed high bandwidth as they switched from film to digital technologies.
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January 31, 2009
1. State Controller John Chiang has said the state may run out of money early this year if legislators do not agree on a budget. If Burbank were forced to make cuts, where would you recommend making trims, and in what way can Burbank weather this financial crisis? Over the last six years Burbank has cut our budget approximately 17%. Further cuts will hit muscle, tendons and bone; the impact will be felt deeply. Tightening our belt is a correct response and appropriate reaction, but not a sufficient solution.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | May 10, 2013
Burbank utility customers are in for another round of bill hikes this July, with electric and water rates slated to jump 1.75% and 4.75%, respectively, officials said. State mandates to increase renewable energy use, which is more costly, are driving the electric bill hikes, said Ron Davis, general manager of Burbank Water and Power. For ratepayers, that means a 550 kilowatt-hour monthly electric bill would go up $1.53 to $90.24 as the utility continues to wean its dependence on coal and beef up its renewable energy profile.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | December 15, 2012
Six candidates - including three incumbents - will be vying for three seats on the Burbank City Council in the February primary. Here's a look at the candidates: David Gordon David Gordon, 57, has served on the council for seven years. He touts his commitment to transparency and his ability to ask “tough questions.” Maintaining his role as a voice for local residents, Gordon said he has consistently fought to preserve Burbank's unique character - whether in supporting the Rancho Master Plan or protecting small businesses.
THE818NOW
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | November 2, 2012
A state law that requires 20% of the city's average energy sales to come from renewable energy is projected to cost the city $17.8 million this fiscal year, officials reported on Tuesday. The financial burden of complying with the state mandate - which ups the ante every few years - outraged Councilman David Gordon, particularly because Burbank was generating enough energy before the state bill was passed to meet its power needs. “Any renewables we bring in basically results in a situation where we back off our own generation in order to bring renewables in,” said Power Resources Manager Bruno Jeider.
NEWS
By Bryan Mahoney | May 31, 2011
The U.S. Department of Energy could learn a thing or two from the researchers and power-company employees of Burbank. While the nation’s energy policy slowly, laboriously trudges toward sustainability and cleaner energy practices, Burbank Water and Power has continuously stayed ahead of the curve. In the mid-1990s, when fiber-optic cables were in their fledgling stages as a viable transmission technology, Burbank was already equipped with them. This became a real competitive difference, city officials say, for studios choosing to locate here or to continue operating within the city limits that needed high bandwidth as they switched from film to digital technologies.
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By Mark Kellam | April 8, 2011
Citing falling revenues and rising costs, the Burbank Water and Power Board on Thursday recommended a 4.9% water rate increase, the first of what could be three rate hikes in the coming years. The utility plans to ask for another 4.9% water rate increase in fiscal year 2012-13 and for a 3.9% bump in 2013-14. Utility officials cited the high cost of developing renewable energy and imported water in pushing for the latest rate increase, which would come less than a year after the City Council approved a 13.5% rate hike.
NEWS
October 17, 2009
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed hundreds of bills into law at the start of the week, including several from area lawmakers on issues ranging from funding for domestic violence shelters to awards for fallen civil servants. He also vetoed more than 200 bills, including an effort to create a new mandate for renewable energy production within the state, sponsored by Assemblyman Paul Krekorian (D-Los Angeles). The state’s Air Resources Board will make its own renewable energy regulations instead, with the aim of meeting the goal of generating 33% of the state’s power from green resources.
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By Christopher Cadelago | July 8, 2009
CITY HALL — The City Council on Tuesday denounced two proposed state bills that would force its utility to produce a third of its energy from renewable sources by 2020, arguing the laws would significantly increase utility rates. The regulations would also fail to count renewable resources obtained from outside the state, council members said. The two bills — Assembly Bill 64 and Senate Bill 14 — would regulate renewable energy into the state and bring it in line with cities such as Burbank and Glendale, both of which have pledged to increase the size of their renewable energy portfolios to 33% by 2020.
NEWS
By Zain Shauk | April 22, 2009
GLENDALE — Local utility managers voiced support Tuesday for a bill that would force them to produce a third of their energy from renewable sources by 2020. The proposed law would help speed the development of power plants and transmission lines in California that could cut down on greenhouse-gas emissions, the managers said. While many of the state’s 46 utilities are not on track to meet the proposed mandate, Burbank Water and Power and Glendale Water & Power are both expected to meet the 33% goal by 2020 because they have joined with other utilities to build green energy plants in other states and transmit that power back to the Los Angeles area, managers said.
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January 31, 2009
1. State Controller John Chiang has said the state may run out of money early this year if legislators do not agree on a budget. If Burbank were forced to make cuts, where would you recommend making trims, and in what way can Burbank weather this financial crisis? Over the last six years Burbank has cut our budget approximately 17%. Further cuts will hit muscle, tendons and bone; the impact will be felt deeply. Tightening our belt is a correct response and appropriate reaction, but not a sufficient solution.
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