Pacific Gas and Electric Company has received approval from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) for up to 387 megawatts of clean, renewable power – enough power to serve more than 350,000 PG&E electric customers.
"We are thrilled about these five renewable power projects and look forward to them contributing to PG&E’s diverse energy portfolio, which has one of the lowest rates of air emissions in the country," said Fong Wan, vice president of energy procurement. "We commend the commission on their dedication toward a cleaner energy future for all northern and central California customers."
The utility currently supplies more than 12% of its customer load from renewable resources that qualify under California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) Program. In total, about 50% of the power that PG&E delivers to its customers comes from generating resources that emit no carbon dioxide, the primary contributor to global warming.
Since PG&E began its RPS Program, it has entered into contracts for nearly 1,100-megawatts of renewable energy – wind, geothermal, biomass and hydro resources – enough power to serve more than 800,000 customers. 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 Legislature and is managed by the CPUC and California Energy Commission.