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Wed Aug 1, 2012, 07:27 PM

The Green Future Arrives In California As Utilities Hit 20% Renewable Energy Target

Source: Forbes

While national renewable energy policies – or the lack there of – remain mired in Congressional election-year politics, the great green future has already arrived in California.

On Tuesday, state regulators announced that California’s three big investor-owned utilities – Pacific Gas & Electric, San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison – had reached a mandated target – called the renewable portfolio standard, or RPS, to obtain at least 20% of the electricity they sell from renewable sources.

In 2011, the three utilities collectively secured 20.6% of the electricity sold to retail customers from solar, wind, geothermal and other renewable power generation. Southern California led the field with 21.1% of sales coming from renewables, followed by SDG&G at 20.8% and PG&E at 20.1%.

In fact, “2011 showed the greatest year-to-year increase in the capacity of renewable generation achieving commercial operation since the beginning of the program, and 2012 is already on track to far surpass 2011,” stated the California Public Utilities Commission in a report released Tuesday.

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Read more: http://www.forbes.com/sites/toddwoody/2012/08/01/the-green-future-arrives-in-california-as-utilities-hit-20-renewable-energy-target/



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Reply The Green Future Arrives In California As Utilities Hit 20% Renewable Energy Target (Original post)
bananas Aug 2012 OP
MindMover Aug 2012 #1
allan01 Aug 2012 #2
xxqqqzme Aug 2012 #3
GreenPartyVoter Aug 2012 #6
Trillo Aug 2012 #4
GreenPartyVoter Aug 2012 #5
freshwest Aug 2012 #7
Jessy169 Aug 2012 #8
Zoeisright Aug 2012 #9
msongs Aug 2012 #10
JDPriestly Aug 2012 #11
DCKit Aug 2012 #12
OnionPatch Aug 2012 #13
RitchieRich Aug 2012 #14
Kablooie Aug 2012 #15

Response to bananas (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 07:29 PM

1. ++++++++++++

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Response to bananas (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 07:30 PM

2. re:The Green Future Arrives In California As Utilities Hit 20% Renewable Energy Target

thanks for sharing.

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Response to bananas (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 07:36 PM

3. I have a friend

who converted his house. He receives a check from Edison each month. And he plugs his new Leaf in every night. He is very pleased w/ the transformation as he should be!

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Response to xxqqqzme (Reply #3)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 08:30 PM

6. I don't think they pay you here in Maine. :^( Bummer.

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Response to bananas (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 08:18 PM

4. Time for a new target!

50%.

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Response to Trillo (Reply #4)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 08:29 PM

5. Agreed!

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Response to bananas (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 08:42 PM

7. It can happen.

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Response to bananas (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 08:42 PM

8. It's happening in Portland, Oregon too

A PGE representative knocked on my door a few weeks ago and gave me an option to get all of my electricity from renewable sources rather than the standard coal burning source. It costs about $8.00 more per month on average, but I figured it is a good investment. If enough people sign on, then I imagine at some point the cost will go down. Whether it goes down or not, I'd rather be paying a little more and burning less coal, so it was a no-brainer for me. I also know electricians out here who have begun specializing in setting homes up to generate their OWN electricity, and pump their excess back into the power grid. If we could just get the politics right, we've got the groundwork in place for a boom in renewable energy. Good news about California -- they got lots of sun -- no reason to be wasting all that sunshine on just tanning.

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Response to bananas (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 09:04 PM

9. EXCELLENT!!!

And that's just the beginning.

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Response to bananas (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 09:59 PM

10. rooftop home solar generated power NOT corporate. free ourselves from the enemy nt

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Response to bananas (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 01:41 AM

11. Great news! Proud to be a Californian tonight.

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Response to bananas (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 09:18 AM

12. It'll never work!

 

Sorry, just haven't seen "that bunch" around much lately, had to give them a voice. I almost miss their denials of everything alt energy. Almost.

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Response to bananas (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 09:50 AM

13. I love my state!!

I remember the righties belly-aching about how we could never reach such numbers.

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Response to bananas (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 12:41 PM

15. I talked with a guy from S C Edison at a party a year ago or so.

He said that Edison was actively exploring more options for renewable energy sources.
They see renewables as having clear economic benefits in the future.

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