Riverside Public Utilities installs purple pipes for a recycled water program. Water recycling represents a new source of water for Riverside’s athletic ﬁelds, parks and green spaces.(RPU) is the only publicly owned utilit y in the country to receive a grant partnership opportunity from the U.S. Department of Ener g y to wor k with L awrence Berkeley National Laboratories, UC Berkeley, Power Standards Lab, and California Institute for Energy and Environment to mitigate the impact of distributed generation by using micro-synchrophasors. The partnership aims to break down barriers to photovoltaic (PV) integration. Supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems are not designed to detect transient voltage drops at PV sites, which reduce the ability to detect and prevent an outage. Micro-synchrophasors work 400 times faster to detect disturbances caused by distributed energy resources. These micro-synchrophasors validate overloaded distribution equipment, reverse power ﬂows and voltage rise, and misoperations that shorten equipment life and increase maintenance. The lessons learned will support the expansion of high-penetration PV, energy storage options, such as Ice Energy’s thermal energy systems, and the potential integration of micro-gr ids, such as those ins talled at the Univer sit y of Califor nia R iver side campus (RPU‘s largest customer). By integrating advanced technologies, customers will experience fewer power disruptions and the system will be able to handle two-way power ﬂow. Creating value Through an engagement with the Univer sit y of Califor nia R iver side‘s it easier to do business in R iver side. A “one stop shop” brings together on one ﬂoor all city departments that are part of the development process, with exclusive use of an express elevator, cell phone charging stations, and a concierge system that helps customers obtain permits and approvals faster than ever. The one s top shop is a mar ked dif ference from the traditional way of doing business in local government. Riverside Public Utilities, along with its Utility 2.0 plan, continues to add value by streamlining the development process so that new businesses can meet with electric and water experts for an enhanced customer service experience. Ice storage is a clean, reliable and least-cost distributed energy storage solution for the grid (top). Malcolm Smith Motorsports in Riverside uses an Ice Energy system for green power and is one of nearly 2,800 RPU customers that self-generates a portion of its energy needs (bottom). (Photos courtesy of RPU) economic forecasting center, RPU determined that the local impact of its operations is nearly $480 million annually, including the support of about 3,500 jobs within Riverside and San Bernardino counties. In the face of Califor nia’s recent drought , R PU was able to maintain its water independence and create an historic water wheeling deal with a neighboring water utility. It leases unused pipeline capacity and sells excess water that would otherwise be lost, bringing $100 million to RPU over the next 20 years. The city adopted Riverside 2.1, a strategic plan implementing the city council’s strategic priorities and making GIRISH BALACHANDRAN is general manager of Riverside Public Utilities and has served California municipal utilities for 28 years, including the cities of Alameda, Palo Alto and Pasadena. Girish has a master’s degree in electrical engineering from University of California, Los Angeles. 19 Western Energy / Winter 2017/2018 / westernenergy.org/we Riverside is a catalyst for innovation and is focused on intelligent growth. With safe and reliable water and power, competitive rates, municipal ownership and sound ﬁscal management, RPU provides dependable services to its customers and promotes Riverside as a location of choice. RPU has been part of the community for more than 100 years and it is well positioned for another century of prosperity.