Large hydro projects could apply to California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard

In February, the California legislature introduced Assembly Bill 1771 Renewable energy resources: hydroelectric generation, which, if enacted, would revise what size hydropower plant can contribute to an energy service provider’s renewable portfolio standard and how many megawatts can be counted.

Currently, only small hydropower plants qualify to be used as a renewable energy source under California’s 33-percent RPS requirement, and the maximum hydropower contribution is 30 megawatts. 

If enacted in its present form, the hydropower plant size and megawatt limits would be eliminated, which could increase interest in Western’s Sierra Nevada region’s Central Valley Project. The CVP’s 11 hydropower plants produced 5,369 gigawatt-hours in Fiscal Year 2011 for preference power customers in California.  

The bill is tentatively scheduled to be heard in committee March 22.

7 Comments

  • By Webcamworker, March 13, 2012 @ 12:57 am

    I think you are on the right way. look at germany and all the different kind of reneable energies which you can find there. i think this is a good example. keep on going.

  • By Kevin, March 18, 2012 @ 10:11 am

    This bill, if enacted, will be a great benefit to California. Any state, or country for that matter will be lucky to have this opportunity. I will surely anticipate what’s going to happen with this.

  • By cursos fpo, March 21, 2012 @ 10:14 pm

    The renewable energies are the future of our planet and the future of our kids. We need to stop using other polluting energies. Good Example.

  • By Güzellik Merkezi, April 25, 2012 @ 1:24 am

    Wow! great information. Thanks for this

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  • By Epc, July 14, 2012 @ 3:09 pm

    Wooowww great post!! Hydropower or water power is power derived from the energy of falling water, which may be used for useful purposes. We should all focus on renewable energy to save our planet.

  • By Epc, July 14, 2012 @ 3:11 pm

    Great content!! Since the early 20th century, hydropower is used in conjunction with the modern development of hydro-electric power, which permited use of distant energy sources.

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