California could save by importing wind power

Monday, October 3, 2011 @ 11:10 AM
posted by rene5432

California has seen an explosion in solar power and other forms of renewable electricity with some of its new policies, but residents could soon be powering their appliances with wind from the Great Plains, according to The Association Press.

A new report from the Western Electricity Coordinating Council analyzed California's plan to used 30 percent renewable electricity by 2020 to determine what kind of impact it could have on electricity rates. While state legislators hope to meet their requirements through domestic production, the report found that purchasing wind power from Wyoming could prove substantially less expensive.

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, Wyoming boasted the eighth cheapest electricity rates in the country at 8.77 cents per kilowatt-hour through June of this year. Yet in 2009, the EIA reports that the state also produced 14.6 percent of its electricity from renewable sources other than hydroelectricity. The vast majority of that comes from wind turbines.

Without its own renewable portfolio standards, Wyoming would be free to export its renewable electricity, potentially saving California as much as $600 million each year.

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