Energy Public Benefit Program Moves Forward

By Mario Conde

The County Board of Supervisors will move forward with the formation of Renewable Energy Public Benefit Agreement ad hoc committee.

The Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution establishing guidelines for the Public Benefit Program for use with solar power plants in Imperial County. The board gave direction to create Restricted Accounts for the purpose of depositing funds generated from the Program, and on the formation of an Ad hoc advisory committee for the Agricultural and Community Benefit Programs. The Board directed county staff to bring those items back to the Board at a later time.

CEO Ralph Cordova said that all funds generated under this Agricultural Benefit Program shall be utilized solely for the purposes determined by the Board to accomplish the goals and objectives of the Agricultural Benefit Program as outlined in the Resolution. The Board shall consider the input of the Ad Hoc Agricultural Advisory Committee for the purpose of determining the specific elements and establishing the procedures for allocating funds under this program. Such uses may include, but are not limited to, stewardship, protection, and enhancement of agricultural lands within Imperial County; tools, technology, and techniques for protection of agricultural commodities or increases of crop yields; and support or project that increase agriculture industry employments opportunities.

The Agricultural Advisory committee would be composed of seven members; one appointment by the Imperial County Farm Bureau, one by the Imperial Valley Vegetable Growers, one representing the cattle industry, two selected at-large by the Board of Supervisors, one from the Imperial county Agricultural Commissioner’s office and one from  the County Executive Office.

The Board will also consider the input of the Ad Hoc Community Advisory Committee for the purpose of determining the specific elements and establishing the procedures for allocating funds under this Program. Such purposes may include, but not limited to, infrastructure improvement, business development and enhancement to the quality of life and neighboring communities.

The Community Advisory Committee would consist of seven members; one appointed by each members of the Board of Supervisors, one from the County Executive Office and one from the Imperial County Workforce Development Office. The positions will be advertized on the website and local newspapers for anyone interested in being appointed.

 

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