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For Immediate Release: March 12, 2007
Media Contact: Amy Morgan - 916-654-4989

M E D I A     A D V I S O R Y

California Energy Commission to discuss incentives
to repower aging wind facilities


Sacramento - The California Energy Commission will hold a workshop March 13 to discuss incentive levels for repowering California’s aging wind facilities.

The 2006 Integrated Energy Policy Report Update concluded that little progress has been made to repower California's aging wind facilities. The report also concluded that achieving the state's renewable energy goals is an essential component of California's greenhouse gas emission reduction targets.

Repowering aging wind facilitates will ensure that the state meets the 20 percent renewable energy goal by 2010.

California was the first state to develop large wind farms, beginning in the early 1980s. As of December 2006, California has installed more than 2,361 megawatts of wind power, which is enough electricity to power almost 700,000 homes. One megawatt of wind capacity supplies enough power for 240 to 300 homes.

California's major wind energy resources are in three areas: Altamont Pass (east of San Francisco), San Gorgonio Pass (near Palm Springs), and Tehachapi (southeast of Bakersfield). Ninety-five percent of all California's wind generating capacity and output are produced at these areas.

This workshop provides a forum for discussion to investigate the type of incentives that should be developed to encourage wind energy in California and the public is encouraged to attend. Comments can be presented at the workshop or in writing.

When:

Tuesday, March 13, 2007
9:30 a.m.

Where:

California Energy Commission
1516 9th Street
Sacramento, CA
First Floor, Hearing Room A
(Wheelchair accessible)

Workshop Agenda
www.energy.ca.gov/2007_energypolicy/notices/2007-03-13_notice_workshop.html

To participate in the meeting by phone, please call 1-888-994-3811.
Pass Code: Renewables
Call Leader: Gina Fontanilla

More information on the Integrated Energy Policy Report is available on the California Energy Commission Web site at:

www.energy.ca.gov/2007_energypolicy/

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