SDG&E receives approval for renewable energy contracts

San Diego, CA, Mar. 20, 2007 — With the approval from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) of four renewable energy contracts, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) made another step toward its goal of having 20 percent of its generation portfolio from environmentally friendly renewable sources by 2010.

The contracts total about 140 megawatts (MW) of solar, biomass and geothermal energy. While SDG&E finalized the contracts last year with companies in San Diego and Imperial counties, the CPUC approval gives the official green light for the utility to move ahead with these projects.

Bull Moose Energy will gasify green waste, such as tree trimmings, to generate and deliver 20 MW of electricity from a biomass facility located in southern San Diego County by December 2008.

Esmeralda San Felipe Geothermal LLC will provide 20 MW of geothermal power by December 2010 using heat from beneath the earth’s surface to generate electricity and provide heat.

Bethel Solar’s two contracts will deliver a total of 100 MW of electricity in two phases in June and December 2008 from solar-power technology, which uses solar-cell troughs that follow the sun’s movement during the day to convert energy from the sun into electricity at two sites in Imperial Valley.

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