California is facing the challenge of providing power to meet increasing energy demand and abiding by requirements that more of this energy be produced from renewable sources while meeting upcoming limits on greenhouse gas emissions. These requirements will reduce California’s dependence on fossil fuels and the State’s contribution to global warming, but the requirements present challenges for finding more ways to produce reliable, renewable, clean energy such as wind, solar, geothermal, and certain hydropower facilities.
California’s continued demand for more energy makes this project attractive to regulators and utilities. Statewide peak demand is expected to grow significantly over the next 10 years and beyond, according to the California Energy Commission. Current public policy encourages the development of renewable energy resources, including wind and solar.
By 2030, each California utility will be required to source 50 percent of its energy supply from renewable resources. Also by 2030, overall greenhouse gas emissions from California must return to levels produced in 1990. With electricity generation contributing 25 percent of overall greenhouse gas emissions, utilities may have to obtain even more than 50 percent of their energy from renewable sources in the coming years to meet emissions reduction requirements.
The Eagle Mountain Pumped Storage Project represents another step forward in integrating renewable resources, and reducing the need for less efficient, fossil-fuel alternatives. The project would significantly contribute to the pressing need for new integration resources and assist utilities in attaining the State of California’s Renewable Portfolio Standards.
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