CA PUC Approves 75 MW Wind Power Purchase

The California Public Utilities Commission approved Pacific Gas and Electric’s contract to purchase up to 75 MW of wind energy from PPM Energy’s Shiloh Wind Project in Solano County.

“These new wind energy resources approved today will supply enough power to serve more than 50,000 of our customers,” said Fong Wan, PG&E’s VP of power contracts and electric resources development. With this agreement, PG&E met its annual goal of increasing its renewable purchases by a minimum of 1 percent of retail load. The utility currently supplies 31 percent of its customer load from renewable resources: 18 percent from its large hydroelectric facilities and 13 percent from small hydro and other renewable resources that qualify under California’s Renewables Portfolio Standards (RPS) Program. In total, nearly half of PG&E’s retail load is served from generating resources that have no CO2 emissions that contribute to global warming. Since PG&E began its RPS Program, it has entered into 13 contracts for 443 MW of renewable energy, enough power to serve more than 325,000 customers. California’s program requires each investor-owned utility to increase its procurement of eligible renewable generating resources by 1 percent of load per year to achieve a 20 percent RPS goal. PG&E is currently seeking offers for the sale of renewable energy under its 2005 RPS solicitation. In the current solicitation, the company is seeking an additional 1 – 2 percent of its retail load. Offers are due September 15, 2005.

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