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California Public Utilities Commission
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PRESS RELEASE Media Contact: Terrie Prosper, 415.703.1366, email@example.com Docket #: Res E-4366
CPUC TAKES ANOTHER STEP TOWARD STATE'S RENEWABLE ENERGY GOAL WITH APPROVAL OF PG&E CONTRACT
SAN FRANCISCO, October 28, 2010 - The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) today approved a renewable energy contract for Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), furthering the state's progress towards its renewable energy goals.
PG&E received approval of a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Coram California Development, L.P. for the Coram Brodie Wind Project. The PPA is for a wind facility that will provide 102 megawatts of new renewable capacity and an estimated 286 gigawatt-hours of energy annually. The project will be located in the Tehachapi Pass wind resource area and will utilize the CPUC-approved Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project to deliver its generation to California end-users. Energy deliveries from the wind facility are anticipated to begin on October 1, 2011.
The CPUC's Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) program 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.
On November 17, 2008, Governor Schwarzenegger signed an Executive Order (S-14-08), which established a 33 percent by 2020 RPS goal. On September 23, 2010, the California Air Resources Board adopted regulations for a 33 percent Renewable Electricity Standard for the state by 2020 that will come into effect following review and approval by the Office of Administrative Law.
For the latest information about the utilities' progress towards the state's RPS goal, access the CPUC's Quarterly Report to the Legislature: www.cpuc.ca.gov/PUC/energy/Renewables/index.htm.
For more information on the CPUC, please visit www.cpuc.ca.gov.