A Rosy Report On Renewables

California’s Public Utilities Commission issued its Q1 2009 report on how we’re doing in reaching the state’s goal for renewable energy — 20% by 2010 and 33% by 2020 for investor-owned utilities (IOUs) such as PG&E.

The bottom line: Solicitation from PG&E, SouCal Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric for future generation resulted in bids for about 24,000 MW worth of renewable power, “more capacity than is needed to reach a 33% target by 2020.”

In 2008, the state added 516 MW of renewable generating capacity, and the CPUC approved contracts for another 2,800 MW. (One MW is enough power for 750 California homes, although many renewable sources are intermittent — solar energy when the sun shines, wind energy when the wind blows, etc.)

The CPUC approved 7 contracts for PG&E in 2008, representing 651 MW of new renewable generation.

The report is available here.


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