Need for speed: California’s clean power buildout


Gigaom

For those who pay attention to California’s renewable energy development, it’s not surprising to hear that the state is adding a lot of clean power. But how fast is it doing it?

Actually, very fast. Since 2003, 2,871 MW of renewable electricity generation capacity has been installed to meet a state mandate, and about 11 percent of those came online during the first half of this year alone, according to a just-released state report. Another 2,740 MW are scheduled to come online by the end of 2012.

What’s the rush? The state mandate requires its investor-owned utilities to have 20 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2010 and 33 percent by 2020. The three big utilities – Pacific Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric – didn’t hit that goal by the end of 2010. But then, they had a three-year grace…

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