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PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Docket #s: Res-E-4302, E-4293, E-4263, E-4300

Media Contact: Terrie Prosper, 415.703.1366, news@cpuc.ca.gov

CPUC TAKES ANOTHER STEP TOWARD RENEWABLE ENERGY GOAL WITH APPROVAL OF EDISON AND PG&E CONTRACTS

SAN FRANCISCO, December 17, 2009 - The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) today approved three renewable energy contracts for Southern California Edison and one for Pacific Gas and Electric Company, continuing the state's commitment to renewable power.


The table below provides a brief description of the projects:

Utility

Generating facility

Type

Term Years

MW Capacity

GWh Energy

Online

Date

Location

PG&E

Copper Mountain

Solar PV, new

20

48

100

June 1, 2011

Boulder City, Nevada

Edison

Echanis

Wind, new

20

40-104

123-321

November 15, 2010

Oregon

Edison

Klondike III

Wind, operating

2

50

156

Online

Oregon

Edison

Toland Road Landfill

Landfill gas, new

10

1.57-5

9.63-30.66

Online

Ventura County, CA

The Copper Mountain project will be a new solar photovoltaic (PV) project developed by El Dorado Energy, LLC, a subsidiary of Sempra Generation, and will use fixed-tilt thin-film PV panels manufactured by First Solar.

Columbia Energy Partners is developing the Echanis wind project located in southeast Oregon, and Edison will deliver the energy to California.

A contract between Edison and Puget Sound Energy, Inc. will provide renewable energy from the Klondike III wind facility, which is an operating Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS)-eligible wind facility located in Oregon and owned and operated by Iberdrola Renewables, Inc.

A contract between Edison and Ventura Regional Sanitation District (VRSD) will provide power from VRSD's Toland Road Landfill, which started operating in August 2009.

The CPUC's RPS program, one of the most ambitious renewable energy standards in the country, requires investor owned utilities, energy service providers, and community choice aggregators operating in California to obtain 20 percent of their retail sales from renewable energy sources by 2010.

For more information on the CPUC, please visit www.cpuc.ca.gov.

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