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March 16, 2005

California Utility to Buy Power from Six New Renewable Energy Projects

Southern California Edison (SCE) announced on March 9th that it has signed long-term contracts with companies developing six new renewable energy projects. The contracts, which must also be approved by the California Public Utilities Commission, include three new wind power plants (two at the Tehachapi Pass and one at the San Gorgonio Pass), two biomass power plants (one in the Imperial Valley, and one in the Western Sierra), and one geothermal power plant in western Nevada. According to SCE, the six projects would have an initial combined capacity of 141.5 megawatts, but could eventually be expanded to 427.5 megawatts. SCE expects the projects to be completed between 2006 and 2009. See the SCE press release.