SDG&E Renewable Energy Contracts Approved

With the approval of four renewable energy contracts from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) moves toward its goal of fulfilling 20 percent of its customers’ energy needs from renewable energy sources by 2010.

The contracts total about 140 megawatts (MW) of combined solar, biomass and geothermal energy. Bull Moose Energy will generate and deliver 20 MW of electricity from a biomass facility located in southern San Diego County by December 2008. Esmeralda San Felipe Geothermal LLC will provide 20 MW of geothermal power by December 2010. Bethel Solar’s two contracts will deliver a total of 100 MW of electricity in two phases in June and December 2008 from solar-power technology. “The state’s approval of these renewable energy contracts is a win-win situation for our customers and the communities we serve,” said Terry Farrelly, vice president of electric and gas procurement for SDG&E. “We look forward to continuing to work with these companies to get their projects up and running so we can deliver more ‘green’ energy to our customers.” While SDG&E finalized the contracts last year with companies in San Diego and Imperial counties, the CPUC approval gives the official green light for the utility to move ahead with these projects. Earlier this week, SDG&E announced its latest competitive bidding process for more renewable energy, seeking energy that comes from solar, wind, geothermal, biomass and any other clean, renewable resource that qualifies under the rules adopted for the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard program. The plants that produce the power can be inside or outside the SDG&E service territory. SDG&E did not specify a target amount of energy. Bids are due May 30, 2007.
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