CPUC OKs 500 MW Renewables

By Published On: June 8, 2012

Regulators June 7 gave the go head to numerous solar contracts. Approved 5-0 was a 250 MW, 20-year solar deal between Southern California Edison and a NextEra subsidiary for the 750 MW McCoy desert solar photovoltaic project. It’s estimated to open at the end of 2016, subject to Bureau of Land Management review (Current, June 1, 2012). Also garnering a unanimous vote this week was a 150-200 MW agreement between San Diego Gas & Electric and Mt. Signal. This 25-year contract is for a photovoltaic project in Calexico in Imperial County. It is estimated to be completed by the end of 2013. Also winning approval for rate recovery was 50 MW of solar tracking projects under contracts between SDG&E and Sol Orchard. In the late May commission meeting, regulators voiced support for the approval, though commissioner Mike Florio opposed the 21 separate deals because of their high costs. CPUC president Mike Peevey warned Florio this week he may be dubbed “Dr. No” with his continued opposition to high-priced renewables contracts. The decision on the SDG&E deals, approved 4-1, caps transmission and distribution-associated costs at $13.5 million because the projects are in a remote part of San Diego and far from load centers.

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