Millions Awarded to Renewable Energy Team in California

The California Energy Commission has awarded more than US$6 million to a team of municipal utilities that are committed to renewable energy.

SAN FRANCISCO, California, US, 2001-07-17 [SolarAccess.com] The California Energy Commission has awarded more than US$6 million to a team of municipal utilities that are committed to renewable energy. The Public Power Renewable Action Team includes the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, SMUD, Pasadena Water & Power, Silicon Valley Power, other municipal utilities and the cities of Anaheim, Alameda, Redding, Riverside, Palo Alto,San Diego and Lompoc. The team will be managed by the Center for Resource Solutions, a San Francisco association that administers the Green-e certification program in the United States. The goal of PPREAT is to deploy renewable resources as a hedge against volatile electricity prices, offer renewable energy services to public agency customers, and keep public power competitive in the face of changing electricity markets. The team will support the public power system in California with advice and information to facilitate the development of utility scale renewable-based electric generation projects, both distributed and bulk power, that reduce risk and stabilize electric system costs. “The award serves as a major victory for PPREAT and a strong affirmation of the role public power can play in delivering renewables for California,” says Kirk Brown of CRS. PPREAT will aggregate demand for renewable energy among public power utilities, move renewable energy into mainstream power planning processes, identify opportunities for public power joint-ownership of renewable energy projects, lever federal and state renewable energy project development technical assistance, maximize administrative effectiveness and renewable energy outreach tools, and develop a replicable model for joint-ownership of renewable energy projects. The team participants hope to work with public power agencies outside California. They will develop long-range renewable power procurement strategies that can compete head-to-head with traditional power plant development proposals. The CEC’s Public Interest Energy Research program awarded $6.2 towards nine PPREAT renewable energy projects over three years. Among these projects are distributed generation assessment, New Geothermal Resource Assessment, Biomass Distributed Generation Value Analysis, and Solar Thermal Parabolic Trough Power Plant.

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