Southern California Edison Signs Seven New Renewable Power Contracts

by | Nov 21, 2006

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Southern California Edison has signed seven new long-term contracts with independent renewable energy power generators. The agreements secure up to 324 megawatts of clean power, the amount needed to serve 190,000 average homes. 

“These new contracts help us address two priorities – finding additional generation to meet our customers’ growing energy needs, and securing environmentally-friendly resources,” said SCE Senior Vice President of Power Procurement Pedro Pizarro.  “We congratulate the winning bidders in this, our third major competitive solicitation seeking renewable resources.”

SCE currently serves between 16 percent and 17 percent of its customers’ needs with renewable energy, and is working toward a goal of having at least 20 percent of its power deliveries under contract with renewable suppliers. 

Winning Bidders in SCE’s Renewable Power Solicitation:

Company, Location, Type, Length, Initial MW, Potential
Coso Clean Power, Little Lake CA, Geothermal, 20 yrs, 68.0, 234.6
MM Tajiguas Energy, Goleta CA, Biomass, 20 yrs, 2.8, 4.3
Imperial Valley Resource Recovery Co., Imperial Valley CA, Biomass, 10 yrs, 16.4, 16.4
Caithness 251 Wind, Tehachapi CA, Wind, 20 yrs, 15.0, 18.3
Caithness 251 Wind, Tehachapi CA, Wind, 20 yrs, 5.8, 15.8
Ridgetop Energy,  Mojave CA, Wind,  20 yrs, 6.0, 17.7
Ridgetop Energy, Mojave CA, Wind, 20 yrs, 5.0, 17.0

While continuing to seek renewable power purchase opportunities, SCE is also pursuing solutions to the state’s need for additional transmission line links to areas of untapped renewable energy. SCE is seeking authorization from the CPUC to construct a series of new and upgraded high-voltage transmission lines that would deliver electricity from potential new wind farms in the Tehachapi area.   Several such projects are in varying stages of planning and development in the area.  When completed, the Tehachapi renewable transmission project would be capable of delivering 4,500 megawatts of electricity, enough energy to supply almost three million homes.

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