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California Public Utilities Commission
505 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PRESS RELEASE
Media Contact: Terrie Prosper, 415.703.1366, email@example.com Docket #: Res E-4388
CPUC TAKES ANOTHER STEP TOWARD STATE'S RENEWABLE
ENERGY GOAL WITH APPROVAL OF SDG&E CONTRACTS
SAN FRANCISCO, January 13, 2011 - The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) today approved two renewable energy contracts for San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), furthering the state's progress towards its renewable energy goals.
SDG&E received approval of two 20-year power purchase agreements with Centinela Solar Energy, LLC. With this approval, SDG&E will purchase an estimated 297 gigawatt-hours of energy annually from a new 140-megawatt solar photovoltaic facility. The Centinela solar project will be located in Calexico, Imperial County, Calif., and deliveries are anticipated to begin in December 2013.
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. In 2008, Governor Schwarzenegger's Executive Order (S-14-08) 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.