San Francisco, California [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) announced yesterday that it has signed a long-term power purchase agreement with enXco for 150 megawatts (MW) of wind energy from the company’s Shiloh II project.
The project will deliver approximately 509 gigawatt hours (GWh) of wind energy per year to PG&E’s customers in northern and central California. According to the company this contract brings the total wind energy that PG&E has under contract or delivered to 1,061 MW.
“Wind energy is one of many renewable sources PG&E is seeking as we increase the amount of clean energy provided to our customers,” said Fong Wan, vice president of Energy Procurement for PG&E. “Our 150 MW agreement with enXco is an important step towards PG&E exceeding 20 percent renewable electric power under contract or delivered by 2010.”
The CPUC recently approved PG&E’s gas purchase agreement with Microgy, Inc., which will deliver up to 8,000 Mcf of pipeline quality renewable natural gas daily, captured from cow manure.
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 twenty percent renewables goal by 2010. The RPS Program was passed by the Legislature and is managed by California’s Public Utilities Commission and Energy Commission.