PG&E Adds 85 MW of Wind Energy to Its Power Mix

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) entered into a 15-year agreement to buy up to 85 megawatts (MW) of renewable wind energy from PPM Energy’s Klondike III Wind Project in Sherman County, Oregon, for customers in Northern and Central California.

This is the second major wind project that PG&E has signed with PPM Energy. In 2006, PG&E began delivering 75 MW of clean, renewable wind energy as part of a 15-year agreement to purchase wind power from the Shiloh Wind Power Project in Solano County, California.

The Klondike project is currently under construction and is expected to begin delivering electricity later this year.

PG&E currently supplies 12 percent of its energy from qualifying renewable sources under California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) program. Of this amount, approximately 11 percent of the renewable energy is derived from wind. With more than 50 percent of the energy PG&E delivers to its customers coming from generating sources that emit no carbon dioxide, PG&E provides among the cleanest energy in the nation.

“Clean, renewable wind power is central to PG&E’s commitment to increase the amount of reliable, environmentally-responsible energy in California,” said Fong Wan, vice president of Energy Procurement, PG&E. “Today’s agreement further advances PG&E in meeting our renewable energy goals.”

California’s RPS Program requires each utility to increase its procurement of eligible renewable generating resources by one percent of load per year to achieve a 20 percent renewables goal by 2010.

In addition to Klondike, PG&E recently announced solar contracts with Cleantech America and GreenVolts, and a 25.5 MW contract with Western GeoPower, Inc. for a new geothermal energy facility in Sonoma County, California.

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