California Regulators Vote to Prohibit 'Dirty' Power Purchases

While there are almost no coal-fired plants in California, about 20 percent of the state's electricity comes from coal plants in Nevada, Wyoming, Utah and other Western states.

Published: 27-Jan-2007

California utility regulators banned power companies Thursday from buying electricity from high-polluting energy sources, including most out-of-state coal plants, to curb global warming.

The Public Utilities Commission voted 4-0 to adopt the "greenhouse gas emissions performance standard," which will prohibit investor-owned utilities from entering or renewing long-term contracts to obtain electricity from sources that emit more carbon dioxide than a modern natural gas plant.

"It represents a significant milestone in our ongoing efforts to address the challenge of climate change," PUC President Michael Peevey said.

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