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RPS STILL CALIFORNIA FRONT RUNNER

The American Wind Energy Association's proposal for a "renewables portfolio standard" (RPS) is still the front runner in the debate on how best to include renewables in the deregulation framework now being prepared for the California electricity market. The RPS would oblige electricity distributors to buy a fixed amount of renewable energy each year to meet a proposed 0.4% annual increase in renewables capacity. AWEA's lead was clear at a California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) workshop on April 17 which previewed a series of competing proposals. The RPS has won support from the geothermal and biomass industries and some California utilities, even though the Independent Energy Producers is pushing for an approach which it says would be more politically acceptable than AWEA's.

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