Girish Balachandran Appointed As New RPU General Manager

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Girish Balachandran, a 23-year veteran of California municipal utilities, including water, electric and natural gas, has been named General Manager of Riverside Public Utilities. His appointment by City Manager Scott Barber was approved Dec. 12 by the Riverside Board of Public Utilities. Balachandran comes to Riverside Public Utilities (RPU) after serving as General Manager of Alameda Municipal Power since 2007. His first day in Riverside is Jan. 27.

“I’m honored to be provided with the opportunity to lead an organization with such a rich history and outstanding reputation in the utilities industry,” Balachandran said. “I look forward to working with the City’s executive leadership team, the Board of Public Utilities and the City Council to continue to provide Riverside residents and businesses with reliable and affordable water and power.”

Prior to his tenure in Alameda, Balachandran served in a variety of capacities with the City of Palo Alto Utilities, including Assistant Director of Utilities, Resource Management; Manager, Supply Resources; and Resource Planner. He started his career as an analyst with Pasadena Water and Power. Balachandran led Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) through a series of changes that resulted in AMP recently being rated #1 in residential customer satisfaction. Under his leadership, AMP increased its bond rating from A- to A+; ended years of financial losses by selling a telecom system for $15 million; and increased customer satisfaction ratings every year.

“Girish Balachandran’s background in improving customer service, strengthening Alameda’s financial condition and ‘greening’ its power portfolio make him the best person to lead Riverside Public Utilities,” City Manager Scott Barber said. “He has the right mix of experience and innovation needed to keep RPU moving forward as one of the state’s best utilities.”

Having a reliable utility company is more than a good business decision, it’s essential.

For more than a century, Riverside Public Utilities has offered its customers reliability and the highest quality water and electric services at the lowest possible rates. The businesses RPU serves benefit from our strong financial health, water independence and an energy infrastructure that provides safety and security in Riverside. Combined with unmatched service, Riverside Public Utilities quickly becomes an asset to your business.

Riverside Public Utilities offers several commercial rebate programs to help businesses reduce costs and lower their energy usage. The Economic Development Rate is available for qualifying businesses that are either expanding locally or relocating to the City of Riverside.

To qualify for the Economic Development Rate your business must:

  • Relocate your business to Riverside bringing 500 kW or more of monthly electric demand or expand your existing Riverside business by 20% of electric demand or more with a 150 kW minimum, and your business could receive a four-year contract with a 40% discount per month the first year and a 20% discount per month the second year. Discount discontinues in the third and fourth years and will adjust to the appropriate existing rate schedule at that time.
  • Relocate your research, technology, green technology or green manufacturing company to Riverside and you may qualify to receive a four-year contract with a 40% discount per month the first year and 20% discount per month the second year. Discount discontinues in the third and fourth years and will adjust to the appropriate existing rate schedule at that time. Qualifying companies are defined by the North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) codes.
  • Relocate your business to Riverside bringing more than 20 kW up to 500 kW of monthly electric demand. Your business will receive a five-year contract with a 30% discount per month the first year (through 12/31/2013), a 20% discount per month the second year (12/31/2014), and a 10% discount the third year (through 12/31/2015). Discount discontinues in fourth and fifth years and will adjust to the appropriate existing rate schedule at that time.

The Small Business Direct Installation program helps small business customers reduce their energy and water use and lower their monthly utility bills. The program offers efficiency measures like comprehensive energy and water use audits, highefficiency toilets, lighting upgrades, door gaskets, LED case lighting, and high-efficiency motor and HVAC tune ups. More than 1,300 small businesses have participated, together saving an estimated 5 million kWh and over 9 million gallons of water. These energy and water savings will account for more than $500,000 in annual utility bill savings.

For more information about City of Riverside Economic Development Business Programs and Incentives click here.

To read the full press release, click here.