Los Angeles, California [RenewableEnergyAcccess.com] As part of its commitment to supply 20 percent of its retail energy from renewable energy sources by 2010, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LA Water & Power) Board of Water and Power Commissioners has approved an agreement to purchase 50 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy annually for a five-year period.This power purchase agreement (PPA) will enable Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to meet an additional 2% of his annual Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) acquisition goal. The agreement between LA Water & Power and Powerex Corp. provides for the purchase of 438,000 megawatt-hours (MWh) of renewable energy annually. During the first year, LA Water & Power will purchase renewable energy from several small hydroelectric generating facilities in the Pacific Northwest. Over subsequent years, LA Water & Power may receive other types of renewable energy — including small hydro, biomass, landfill gas and wind — through the agreement from generating facilities located in the Pacific Northwest. The PPA, which requires approval by the Los Angeles City Council, indicates that LA Water & Power expects to pay approximately $75 per MWh, for an annualized cost not to exceed $39 million in fiscal years 2006-07 through 2011-12. A PPA between LA Water & Power and PPM Energy, Inc., providing for the purchase of 82 MW — or 234,000 MWh — of wind power annually, received approval from the City Council on August 15. Under that agreement, which went into effect September 1, LA Water & Power will purchase the wind power from the Pleasant Valley Wind Energy Center (Uinta County, Wyoming). LA Water & Power officials said the Powerex and PPM agreements increase the agency’s renewable energy to more than 8% of its energy supply portfolio. Other renewable energy projects already in the works are the 120-MW Pine Tree Wind Project located in the Tehachapi area, and the Green Path transmission system, a system of transmission projects designed to gain access to geothermal and solar resources located in the Salton Sea area, northeast of San Diego. In addition, LA Water & Power is purchasing close to 82,200 MWh of renewable power from Penrose and Bradley landfills under PPAs approved last year.