SMUD Backs More Wind Power

By Published On: November 16, 2007

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District Board of Directors took a step toward increasing its percentage of wind energy by authorizing purchase of a 479-acre parcel of land in the Montezuma Hills Wind Resource Area in Solano County November 15. SMUD already generates about 39 MW of wind energy through the wind resource area, including 24 MW installed in 2006. The municipal utility is planning an additional 63 MW of generation in 2008, which would put the municipal utility on track to have more than 200 MW installed by 2011. SMUD launched its Solano Wind Project in 1993 with the installation of 5 MW of wind power in the Wind Resource Area. The land purchase was approved unanimously. The purchase amount has yet to be publicly revealed. Also during the November 15 meeting, the Board’s newest member, Renée Nunes Taylor, was sworn in. Taylor replaces Linda Anderson Davis, who resigned in late September. Taylor, who owns and operates a public relations company, was chosen by the board after a search and interview process. Taylor will fill out the remainder of Davis’ term, which runs through December 31, 2008. She will be eligible to run for the Ward 1 seat–which represents Fair Oaks, Citrus Heights, Orangevale, and Foothill Farms–in the November 2008 election.

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