It's one thing to generate clean energy. It's a whole other thing to get it it to the people.
In California, with the cooperation of Southern California Edison and Gov. Schwarzenegger's Green Team, progress is showing its face on both fronts.
"...We need transmission lines, just like the Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project, to bring the clean electricity to the cities where people live and work." - Gov. Schwarzenegger
Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project
Today, May 4th, the Gov. of California and SCE executives gathered in a Greening The Grid event to announce the completion of the first phase buildout for the Tehachapi transmission lines that are being built to deliver clean wind energy to people who live in urban areas. Since the significant population concentration live in cities and extended urban areas, this means delivering clean energy to outlets where people can and will use it.
Tehachapi is the second largest collection of wind turbines in the world with around 5,000, right behind the world's largest, the Altamont Pass near the Bay Area that has around 7,000.
Southern California Edison's Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project is the first major transmission project in California to be constructed specifically for accessing a renewable-rich resource area. Once the entire project is completed, it will be capable of delivering 4,500 megawatts (MW) of clean electricity, enough to power about 3 million homes in Southern California. This first phase is capable of carrying 700 MW of clean electricity.
The Tehachapi project will also transport electricity from several large-scale solar projects currently in development.
Related Reading:SB X8 34 paves way for California renewable energy buildout.
Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS): Governor Schwarzenegger signed an Executive Order directing the California Air Resources Board to adopt regulations increasing California's Renewable Portfolio Standard to 33 percent by 2020. This will ensure California will have the flexibility needed to use renewable energy sources for 33 percent of our energy consumption by 2020