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For Immediate Release: August 4, 2006
Media Contact: Amy Morgan - 916-654-4989

Tracking Renewable Energy in the West Is Closer to Development


Sacramento - A $2.2 million contract approved this week demonstrates California Energy Commission's commitment to the development of renewable energy in the state.

"This is a major step to reliably track renewable energy in the West,"commented Energy Commissioner John Geesman.

This contract supports Western Renewable Energy Generation Information System (WREGIS) goals and will advance the progress of tracking renewable energy certificates in the Western United States and Canada. The Energy Commission approved the contract with Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC) at the Wednesday Energy Commission Business Meeting, which follows WECC Board of Directors approval on July 27 in Vancouver, Canada. WECC will work with the Energy Commission to develop and implement detailed administrative operations of WREGIS.

The contract supports the importance of WREGIS and California's Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) goals. The California Legislature directed the Energy Commission to develop a system to verify compliance with California's RPS and to verify retail product claims in California or other states.

"WREGIS will help ensure that California meets its accelerated RPS goal of 20 percent renewables by 2010. This is a qualitative leap for renewable energy,"added Geesman.

In July, APX, Inc., was selected as the System Development and Technical Operations Contractor for WREGIS. APX, Inc., will modify an existing renewable energy registry and tracking system and ensure that the operating environment is secure and stable.

Over the next few months, an Independent Project Oversight Consultant and a Configuration Management and Quality Assurance Contractor for WREGIS will be chosen, while the discussion of the fee structure will continue. WREGIS is expected to be operational by mid-2007.

WREGIS is a voluntary, independent, and policy-neutral renewable energy registry and tracking system for the Western Interconnect region, developed by the California Energy Commission and the Western Governor's Association with input from stakeholders.

More information on WREGIS can be found on the Western Governors' Association Web site at:

www.westgov.org/wieb/wregis/

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