OMWD Certifies Hydroelectric Turbines at David C. McCollom Water Treatment Plant

Certification Will Offset Energy Costs and Contribute to Renewable Energy Goal

Encinitas, CA—Hydroelectric generators at Olivenhain Municipal Water District’s David C. McCollom Water Treatment Plant have qualified for the California Energy Commission’s Renewables Portfolio Standard Program and will now generate Renewable Energy Certificates that contribute to the state goal of achieving 60% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030.

The California Energy Commission’s RPS program was established in 2002 and was accelerated in 2018 by Senate Bill 100, which set a target of achieving 60% of retail sales of electricity from renewable sources by 2030. The hydroelectric generators at OMWD’s water treatment plant have been in place since its startup in 2002, offsetting roughly half of the plant’s power demands and saving as much as $60,000 per month in energy costs.

“This program is a win for everyone.” Said Christy Guerin, OMWD board director. “In addition to helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions, operating these turbines also makes financial sense for our customers by offsetting the plant’s electricity costs. And the renewable energy produced at the plant will now contribute to the state’s long-term sustainable energy goals.”

Hydroelectricity generation at the water treatment plant is just one way that OMWD is achieving its mission of sustainability. OMWD is also in partnership with energy service provider 3 Phases Renewables, which allows OMWD to operate on 100% renewable energy.