For Immediate Release: February 13, 2014
Media Contact: Lori Sinsley - 916-654-4989,


Statements from California Energy Commission
Re: Ivanpah Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony on Thursday, February 13

The California Energy Commission licensed the Ivanpah project in 2010 as part of the Commission's commitment to support clean renewable energy, drive the state's economy and bring jobs to California. The project will help meet the state's Renewables Portfolio Standard that requires increasing California's amount of renewable energy to 33 percent by 2020.

"California is home to some of the world's biggest geothermal, wind and photovoltaic projects. With Ivanpah, we are now home to the planet's largest solar thermal plant," said Robert B. Weisenmiller, chair of the Energy Commission. "We appreciate the partnership that California has developed with the United States Department of the Interior, the Bureau of Land Management, and other state and federal agencies that worked with us to advance renewable energy in California."

"Renewable energy is a top priority for California. We have - and are on track to exceed - the nation's most aggressive Renewables Portfolio Standard: 33 percent by 2020. By using innovative, large-scale renewable sources, we are transforming our energy infrastructure and reducing our reliance on fossil fuels," said Karen Douglas, commissioner at the Energy Commission.

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The California Energy Commission is the state's primary energy policy and planning agency. Created by the Legislature in 1974 and located in Sacramento, six basic responsibilities guide the Energy Commission as it sets state energy policy: forecasting future energy needs; licensing thermal power plants 50 megawatts or larger; promoting energy efficiency and conservation by setting the state's appliance and building efficiency standards; supporting public interest energy research that advances energy science and technology through research, development, and demonstration programs; developing renewable energy resources and alternative renewable energy technologies for buildings, industry and transportation; planning for and directing state response to energy emergencies.

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