San Francisco, CA, Jan. 11, 2007 — Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) began receiving renewable power from the Buena Vista Energy LLC Wind Project located in the Altamont pass area of Contra Costa County. PG&E’s second newly constructed renewable project to come on line under California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) Program, Buena Vista will provide over 38 MW of wind power to California’s electricity customers.
PG&E has a history of developing, generating, and purchasing renewable power. The utility currently supplies more than 13% of its energy from renewable resources that qualify under California’s RPS Program. In addition, more than 50% of the electricity that PG&E delivers to its customers comes from generating resources that emit no carbon dioxide.
Since starting its RPS Program, PG&E has entered into contracts for more than 1,100 MW of renewable energy consisting of wind, solar, geothermal, biomass and hydro resources. Passed by the Legislature and managed by California’s Public Utilities Commission and Energy Commission, California’s RPS Program requires each investor-owned utility to increase its procurement of eligible renewable generating resources by 1% of load per year to achieve a 20% renewables goal. The RPS Program was passed by the California Legislature and is managed by California’s Public Utilities Commission and Energy Commission.
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