California PUC to review Southern California Ed deals with 30-MW solar plants

The California Public Utilities Commission at its Aug. 18 meeting is due to consider a resolution that approves cost recovery for three long-term renewable energy power purchase agreements between Southern California Edison and Luz Solar Partners Ltd., III, IV and V.

Southern California Edison (SCE) renewable energy power purchase agreements (PPAs) with Luz Solar Partners Ltd., III, IV, and V comply with the Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) procurement guidelines. 

SCE requested CPUC review and approval of 10-year renewable energy PPAs with Luz III, IV, and V. The PPAs were executed through SCE’s 2014 RPS solicitation (2014 RPS RFO). The Luz facilities are located in Boron, California, and have a capacity of 30 MW each, for a total of 90 MW.

The Luz III-V projects are existing 30-MW solar thermal-trough facilities. They have been in operation since the late 1980s. Pursuant to the Luz PPAs, SCE is to begin purchasing generation from Luz III and IV beginning March 1, 2017, and purchasing generation from Luz V beginning on Feb. 1, 2018. The expected annual generation to be purchased from the three projects is 204 GigaWatt-hours (GWh). This generation could count towards SCE’s RPS requirements in the 3rd Compliance Period (2017-2020) and beyond.

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