California Public Power Renewable Energy Action Team Launched

Renewable energy seen by non-profit group as increasingly cost effective alternative in California.

Published: 03-Apr-2001

Municipal utilities in California have come together behind renewable resources. Volatile electricity markets are making renewable energy increasingly cost-effective, and a team of municipal utilities plans to deploy renewable resources as a means to ensure the continued competitiveness of public power. The Center for Resource Solutions (CRS), a non-profit organization based in San Francisco, has assumed management and organizational responsibilities for the group, which is called the Public Power Renewable Energy Action Team (PPREAT). Key supporters of PPREAT include the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, City of Anaheim, Northern California Power Agency and many other municipal utilities in California.

PPREAT aims to:

-- Aggregate demand for renewable energy among public power utilities;
-- Move renewable energy into mainstream power planning processes;
-- Identify opportunities for public power joint-ownership of renewable energy projects;
-- Leverage federal and state renewable energy project development technical assistance;
-- Hedge against future volatile electricity prices;
-- Create a common public power branding strategy around renewable energy resources; and
-- Develop a replicable model for joint-ownership of renewable energy projects.

While PRPEAT's initial collaborators come from California, PPREAT participants ultimately hope to work with public power agencies from across the nation.
Information on PPREAT and its activities will be available at CRS will soon issue a Request For Proposals for soliciting partners in the renewable energy industry to collaborate with PPREAT in response to the CEC PIER Renewable Energy Program Area Grant RFP.
For more information, contact Kirk Brown at CRS at 415-561-2100 or email at:

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