CA Utility Partners on 205 MW Wind Energy Project

San Diego Gas & Electric and enXco, a wind energy firm based in Escondido, Calif., announced an agreement to supply 205.5 MW of electricity to utility customers. In addition, SDG&E has issued two requests for offers (RFOs) to increase its growing portfolio of energy derived from renewable resources, including wind, solar and geothermal.

The contract, which must be approved by the California Public Utilities Commission, calls for the construction of a 205.5-MW wind facility in Southern California, which will begin deliveries in 2007-08. New transmission lines will be needed to gain access to the energy. “We are pleased that we will be providing more renewable energy to meet our customers’ needs,” said William L. Reed, senior vice president, regulatory and strategic planning at SDG&E. “We are continuing our aggressive efforts to tap more renewable energy for our customers.” SDG&E’s goal is to supply 20 percent of its customers’ electricity needs from renewable resources like wind, solar and geothermal by 2010. The contract will contribute approximately 3.5 percent toward meeting its goal. To date, SDG&E has contractually secured a total of 13.3 percent of its retail delivery needs from renewable energy resources. “The new Pacific Wind Project and its 200-plus MWs mark another important step toward achieving our plan to make enXco the leading development house in California and across the United States,” said David Corchia, enXco CEO. “Our target is to develop more than 700 MW of wind projects in California during the 2004-07 period, and we are on track.” SDG&E also recently issued two RFOs, seeking to increase its portfolio of renewable sources. One seeks bids from all qualifying renewable developers to supply at least 1 MW, if the facility is in San Diego County, or a minimum of 5 MW if outside the county. Developers may propose projects for delivery anywhere on the ISO grid. The second RFO seeks bids to place 1 MW to 3 MW of photovoltaic solar panels on SDG&E rooftops and possibly on other facilities, and also requests offers to supply a number of small wind turbines to be located at utility facilities. All bids for both RFOs must be received no later than Nov. 16, 2005.
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