California Utility Aims for More Renewable Energy

July 14, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) filed the first annual update to its long-term resource plan to continue supplying power to its customers. The plan calls for accelerated purchases of renewable energy, such as wind and solar power, a new transmission line in the 2010 time frame, and additional generating plants in subsequent years. The filing points out that recent approval of new generation resources and SDG&E’s aggressive goal to increase the amount of renewable power it delivers to customers will provide San Diego with adequate energy supplies until 2011. At that time, growth in energy needs, coupled with the expiration of long-term energy contracts signed by the state, will require additional generating plants as part of the overall mix of new resources. Robert Resley, resource and strategic planning vice president for SDG&E said the update calls for SDG&E to reach the state’s goal of supplying 20 percent of customers’ needs from renewable resources by 2010, rather than the mandated 2017 date. SDG&E has issued a request for offers to supply additional renewable energy resources. Currently, SDG&E has contracts to supply approximately 6 percent of its customers’ energy needs with renewable energy by 2010.
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