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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PRESS RELEASE Media Contact: Terrie Prosper, 415.703.1366, news@cpuc.ca.gov Docket #: Res E-4206

CPUC TAKES ANOTHER STEP TOWARD RENEWABLE ENERGY GOALS WITH APPROVAL OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON CONTRACT

SAN FRANCISCO, March 12, 2009 - The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) today approved a renewable energy contract for Southern California Edison, continuing the state's commitment to renewable power.

The table below provides a brief description of the project:

Generating facility

Type

Term Years

Capacity

(MW)

Annual

Energy

(GWh)

Expected

Online

Date

Location

Imperial Valley Biopower

Biomass, new

20

20

140

May 2010

El Centro, CA


Through Edison's agreement with Imperial Valley Biopower, LLC, Edison will receive deliveries of 140 GWh per year from the new 20-megawatt (MW) biomass facility.

The CPUC's Renewables Portfolio Standard (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. On November 17, 2008, Governor Schwarzenegger signed an Executive Order (S-14-08) that established a 33 percent by 2020 RPS goal.

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

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