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First new California power plant online since energy crisis

A 75 MW wind farm has become the first new electricity generation plant to come online in California since the statewide energy crisis of 2000. PPM Energy's Shiloh I Wind Project is also the first newly constructed facility to deliver electricity to Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) customers under California's Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) legislation. The project is located in northern California's Solano County. "It is an important first step as we accelerate our reliance on renewable power toward the goal of twenty percent by 2010," says PG&E's Fong Wang. Under its RPS, California requires investor-owned utilities to increase their renewable generating resources by 1% of load per year to achieve a 20% renewables goal by 2017. The RPS is managed by California's Public Utilities Commission and Energy Commission. PG&E currently supplies 30% of its customer load from renewables, most of which comes from hydro. PG&E has entered into contracts for 563 MW of renewable energy since it began its program to meet the RPS mandate. It plans to issue its fourth competitive solicitation before the summer.

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