to buy 120 megawatts of solar, geothermal energy
Nov 13, 2006 San Diego Gas & Electric
San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E)
today announced that it has signed new contracts to
procure an additional 120 megawatts (MW) of solar
and geothermal power for its customers by 2010.
Two solar contracts with Bethel Energy LLC will add
nearly 100 MW of renewable electricity to SDG&E's
energy portfolio. Another contract with Esmeralda
Energy Co. will supply an additional 20 MW of geothermal
energy beyond the 20 MW SDG&E announced in March
A megawatt is enough to power approximately 650 homes.
The renewables facilities will be built in Imperial
"We are pleased to add these contracts to our
resource portfolio, because they move us closer to
our goal of providing 20 percent of our customers’
energy needs from renewable resources like solar and
geothermal by 2010,&" said Terry Farrelly, vice
president of electric and gas procurement for SDG&E.
SDG&E now has approximately 16 percent of its
customers' energy requirements under contract
to be delivered by 2010.
"Bethel Energy is excited by the opportunity
afforded by SDG&E to rebirth the solar thermal
industry in California and to offer its customers
clean renewable energy that is free from dependence
on foreign oil," said Len Daniel, president
and founder of Bethel Energy.
"We look forward to working with SDG&E on our San Felipe
Geothermal Project in Imperial County," said
Jack McNamara, president of Esmeralda. "Geothermal
energy production, which involves using heat from
beneath the earth's surface to generate electricity,
is the most prolific power generator of all renewable
sources in California. Geothermal is a baseload power
source, producing energy 24 hours a day, seven days
SDG&E will be submitting the new contracts for
approval to the California Public Utilities Commission
Esmeralda Energy Company, a Nevada corporation, is
a wholly owned subsidiary of Geo-Energy Partners-1983
Ltd., a major geothermal leaseholder. Esmeralda also
is currently carrying out exploration at its Emigrant
Geothermal Project site with the U.S. Department of
Energy's GRED III program.
Bethel Energy LLC's president, Len
Daniel, pioneered the solar thermal industry in 1983
by managing the construction of the first solar thermal
plant in Daggett, Calif. He was also involved
in the engineering, construction and operation of
an additional 365 megawatts of solar thermal power
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San Diego Gas & Electric is a full-service
energy utility that currently serves 3.4 million consumers
through 1.3 million electric meters and more than
825,000 natural gas meters. The utility's service
area spans 4,100 square miles and serves customers
in more than 125 communities from Southern Orange
County to the Mexican border. SDG&E is a regulated
subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE:SRE). Sempra Energy,
based in San Diego, is a Fortune 500 energy services
holding company. To learn more, go to www.sdge.com.