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Sacramento utility issues two tenders for wind power

One of California's most progressive municipal utilities, The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), released two solicitations for renewable energy in late June to help it reach a self-imposed renewable energy standard of 20% of sales by 2011. SMUD set the target in 2001 -- nearly a year ahead of the passage of a statewide renewables portfolio standard for 20% penetration of renewables by 2017 -- and included an interim goal of 10% by 2006. Bids for power purchase agreements are due by August 9. The utility also released a solicitation in July for a SMUD-owned and operated 100 MW extension to its 14.5 MW Montezuma wind project in the Solano Hills. SMUD installed 15 Vestas 660 kW turbine on the site last year and recently installed seven more. The utility's renewables penetration is currently 5.5%, says SMUD's Mike DeAngelis.

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