Jobs, cleaner air, and more secure and efficient energy resources are among the documented benefits of California's leadership in developing the nation's most diverse mix of electric energy generation. Solar, cogeneration, wind, geotheral and biomass once thought to be "pie-in-the-sky" dreamers' dreams are generating a major portion of all the electricity produced in California.
From 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, August 5, 1996, on the North Steps of the State Capitol, California's alternative energy producers will exhibit some of the world's cutting-edge new energy technologies. Twenty exhibitors, including geotheral developers Calpine Corporation of San Jose and CalEnergy Company, Inc. of Washington, D.C. will exhibit the newest geotheral technologies. Wind farm developer Zond Corporation of Tehachapi and solar operator KJC Operating Company of Boron will demonstrate their newest state-of-the-art technologies. California produces 54 percent of the world's wind electricity, 40 percent of the world's geotheral power and 90 percent of the world's solar power. When combined with hydroelectric generation, California's alternative energy industry produces 25 percent of the state's electricity supply.
This unique California resource grew out of the Mideast oil embargoes of the early 1970s. Oil shortages, fear of $40-a barrel oil and fossil-fuel pollution convinced the California Legislature to make energy independence and energy diversity major statewide goals. The federal government followed much of California's lead in encouraging the first-of-its-kind clean power industry.
Today, California's high-tech clean power alternative energy industry is a significant export resource, job-generator and a model for countries trying to break the dependence on oil and coal. Many of the key Clean Power Day exhibitors are developing energy producing projects in the Philippines, Greece, Mexico, Thailand an Northern Ireland, to name just a few.
Clean Power Day is intended to reaffirm the state's commitment to renewable energy resources through demonstrating to the public and the Legislature a quarter of a century of accomplishments.
Here are the highlights of more than 20 years of alternative power development:
Sponsors of the clean power exhibition include the California Energy Commission, Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies (CEERT), Appliance Recycling Center of America, Inc., California Solar Energy Industries Association, CalEnergy Company, Inc.; Cannon Energy Corporation, California Biomass Energy Alliance, ESI Energy Inc., Geothermal Energy Association (GEA), Independent Energy Producers, KJC Operating Company, Kern Wind Energy Association, Natural Resource Defense Council, Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), Sierra Club, Union of Concerned Scientists, American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), Calpine Corporation, Zond Corporation, Unocal Corporation, Powerlight Corporation, National Renewable Energy Laboratory and ONSI Corporation.
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