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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PRESS RELEASE Media Contact: Terrie Prosper, 415.703.1366, news@cpuc.ca.gov Docket #: Res E-4414


SAN FRANCISCO, August 18, 2011 - The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) today approved the program details to implement the Renewable Auction Mechanism (RAM), a new procurement method that will help lower transaction costs and promote the development of system-side renewable distributed generation projects of up to 20 megawatts (MW) in size.

RAM has five key program elements:

The program has an interim 1,000 MW procurement target over two years and requires investor-owned utilities to hold two auctions per year. The first auction will take place the fourth quarter of 2011.

The proposal voted on is available at http://docs.cpuc.ca.gov/PUBLISHED/AGENDA_RESOLUTION/141513.htm.

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


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