PG&E beats California RE mandate

Ashalim uses BrightSource's CSP tower technology, similar to that used at Ivanpah in southern California

PG&E is buying the output from Ivanpah (above) among many other solar and wind facilities.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) says it delivered 22.5% of its power from eligible renewable resources in 2013 and is on track to meet California’s 30% mandate for 2020.

PG&E, among the largest regulated US electric utilities, notes that last year was the first time that renewable energy deliveries – including solar, wind, biomass, small hydro-electric and geothermal – exceeded 20% for one year.

This performance gave it a slight surplus for the 2011-2013 compliance period, when renewable deliveries needed to average 20% a year under the mandate.

Since 2002, PG&E has signed 155 contracts for more than 10.6GW of eligible renewable power.

"PG&E has the cleanest energy portfolio among American electric utilities.  More than 55% of our electricity comes from non-greenhouse gas emitting sources," claims John Conway, senior vice president of energy supply for PG&E.

"Through our own clean energy resources and power purchase agreements for solar, wind and other renewable fuels, we are working to grow our clean energy portfolio and do so in a way that is affordable for our customers," he adds.

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