The municipal electric utility in Santa Clara, Calif., Silicon Valley Power (SVP), says it is prepared to meet California's aggressive new state-mandated renewable power requirements, according to John Roukema, director of SVP.
This week, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, R-Calif., issued an executive order requiring California utilities to progressively increase the purchase and distribution of power generated by renewable resources such as wind, solar and geothermal. Under the order, utilities must increase their renewable portfolio standard (RPS) to 33% of annual retail load by 2020.
SVP already provides over 30% of its total electricity from renewable sources.
‘We have long been committed to providing our customers with clean power options,’ says Roukema. ‘In January of this year, the city council directed SVP to reach at least 33 percent renewable power by 2020, with the understanding that these are minimums, not final goals.’
SOURCE: Silicon Valley Power