An estimated 250 megawatts (MW) of new wholesale and self-generation renewable energy came online in the first quarter of 2014, bringing California’s total Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) operating capacity to 17,650 MW.
Last year, California added 3,300 MW of new renewable resources, a 20 percent capacity increase since 2012. That’s a lot of numbers to say California is making great progress meeting its clean and renewable energy goals.
The state is expected to have another 2,800 MW of renewable energy projects (those that have permits and utility Power Purchase Agreements) online by the end of this year.
Energy Commission staff estimate that in 2012 California served about 22 percent of retail electricity sales with renewable energy sources.
The RPS requires utilities to increase the amount of renewable electricity in their power mix to 33 percent by 2020.