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PG&E Delivers New Renewable Wind Power to Its Customers

Pacific Gas and Electric Company this week 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.

"The Buena Vista partnership is ideal in that it provides our customers with an additional source of clean renewable energy under California's Renewable Portfolio Standard and addresses avian issues in the Altamont area," said Fong Wan, vice president of energy procurement. "The use of modern technology wind turbines reduces the number of turbines previously used to generate power, increases the production of renewable power and is expected to lead to lower avian mortalities."

PG&E has a long 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, the primary contributor to global warming.

"We are very glad to partner with PG&E in the first and important repowering in the Altamont area," said Mike Garland, Head of Babcock & Brown's North America Infrastructure Group, the developer of the repowering project.

Since starting its RPS Program, PG&E has entered into contracts for more than 1,100 MW of renewable energy -- wind, solar, geothermal, biomass and hydro resources -- enough power to serve about 800,000 customers. 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.

PG&E is continuing to increase its renewable energy portfolio under the RPS and is currently finalizing negotiations for its fourth competitive solicitation process. The company expects to procure an additional 1-2 percent of its customers' electricity needs through qualified renewable sources in this round of solicitations.

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