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CalWEA Comments on the Draft DRECP

CalWEA submitted extensive comments on the Draft Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP), a joint initiative of California and the federal government to plan for renewable energy and conservation across 22.5 million acres of desert land in Southern California. CalWEA’s comments argue that the Draft Plan fails to plan for the amount of wind energy that will be needed for California to achieve its ambitious goals to address the peril of climate change. These and other legal and analytical defects require wholesale reconsideration and recirculation of the Draft Plan and associated NEPA and CEQA documents. In the alternative, CalWEA recommended, the agencies should adopt the “No Action Alternative.”

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AWEA Wind Power Expo 2015

Fast Facts about California Wind Energy

+ Wind energy projects totaling approximately 5,914 megawatts (MW) of capacity are operating in California today,1 providing enough electricity to power more than 2 million California households.2 This represents more than a tripling of wind energy capacity since California's Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) law was adopted in 2002.

+ In 2012, California wind projects generated 9,152 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of electricity - 4.6% of all power generated within California.3 In the same year, out-of-state wind projects generated 9,983 GWh of electricity for California, representing 10% of total power imports.3 Combined, wind projects supplied 6.3% of California's total system power,3 enough to power all homes in Sacramento, Santa Clara, and San Diego Counties combined.2

+ CalWEA expects wind energy to provide close to 7% of California's electricity supply in 2014.

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