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July 21, 2004

California Utilities Seek Renewable Energy to Meet New Standard

Two of California's largest utilities—San Diego Gas and Electric Company (SDG&E) and Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E)—recently announced their plans to add more renewable energy to their electricity supplies in order to meet the state's new requirements for renewable energy.

SDG&E intends to meet California's requirement for 20 percent renewable energy seven years early: by 2010 instead of 2017. The utility seeks to buy power from any eligible new renewable energy facility (the state requirement allows a wide variety of technologies) or to acquire the new facilities, if they are located within its service area and draw on either wind power, solar photovoltaic power, or geothermal power. However, SDG&E is only interested in acquiring geothermal power plants if they are located in the Imperial Valley. Proposals are due by August 12th. SDG&E has also updated its long-term energy resource plan; the latest version shows that energy efficiency and renewable energy will meet all of the utility's growing energy needs through 2011. See the July 1st and July 12th press releases from SDG&E, as well as the full Request for Offers.

PG&E issued a Request for Offers on July 15th, with the goal of entering into power purchase contracts by the end of the year. Unlike SDG&E, PG&E does not appear interested in acquiring renewable energy facilities. The utility seeks to procure about 1 percent of its retail sales volume, or about 711 million kilowatt-hours per year, from renewable energy sources. Bids are due by August 23rd. See the PG&E press release and the full Request for Offers.

But why is there no news from the state's other large utility, Southern California Edison? Because the utility hit its goal last year, a full 14 years early. See the article from the September 2nd, 2003, edition of the EERE Network News.