The 244 proposed projects include solar,
wind, geothermal, biomass and hydro technologies, but each project must receive
regulatory approval before it can be built. Many of the proposed projects currently
are moving through a state, federal or local permitting process.
50 of the proposed projects have indicated that they will apply for 30% tax credit
funding under the American Reinvestment & Recovery Act, and will break ground
before the end of 2010. Of these larger projects, 22 would have utility-sized
capacity of at least 200 MW, and they would total 9,000 MW.
is a pioneer in renewable energy, green jobs and environmental protection,” says
Schwarzenegger. “This list of nearly 250 projects is great news for our state
because, not only will these projects help us meet our long-term environmental
goals, they will also create green jobs and new, clean investment in our economy
In October, Schwarzenegger signed a Memorandum of Understanding with
the federal Department of the Interior to expedite the permitting process for
renewable energy projects in California, and he appointed a special advisor to
oversee the fast-tracking of the permitting process for green power facilities.
California was the first state to sign an MOU with the Department of the Interior
to cooperatively develop long-term renewable energy plans and to usher eligible
projects through state and federal permitting processes tha
will continue to work with our federal partners to expedite renewable energy projects
to help meet our aggressive renewable energy goals, while ensuring they comply
with all state and federal environmental regulations,” he adds.
established California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) by executive order
calling for 33% renewable energy by 2020. The California Air Resources Board will
adopt regulations to increase California’s RPS and provide direction for the creation,
delivery and servicing of renewable energy projects.
In November 2008,
the Governor signed an executive order to streamline renewable energy permitting
in the state and to increase the goal for renewable energy. The California Energy
Commission (CEC) and California Department of Fish & Game then formed a cooperative
relationship with the federal Bureau of Land Management and federal Fish & Wildlife
Service, called the Renewable Energy Action Team, as a first-of-its-kind agreement
to move renewable energy development. The REAT is reviewing the proposed facilities
that have submitted applications while the CEC has prioritized renewable projects
that are not on federal lands and is moving quickly to review their applications.
California has 8,000 MW of green power capacity, and needs an additional
15,000 MW to 25,000 MW to reach its target.
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