Defend Rural America - Fresno County Launch


September 27, 2012 at 6pm - 9pm
Clovis Veterans Memorial Building, Liberty Ballroom (Southeast part of building)
808 4th St
Clovis, CA 93612
United States
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Kay Errotabere · (559) 970-6777

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  • commented 2012-09-09 20:07:36 -0700
    California’s AB32 legislation highlights what is considered to be the biggest fraud in the history of “renewable” energy. Part of that legislation was the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), which outlines the target percent of the state’s energy portfolio that must come from “renewables.” Among acceptable renewable energy sources are wind, solar, geothermal, biomass and small hydro.

    Notice that last one was small hydro. That’s because large hydro is excluded. Instead of celebrating California’s leadership in low-emission hydroelectric energy procurement, AB 32 excludes large hydro from the definition of “renewable energy.” For those wondering, yes this would be the same as including a 1 acre solar panel farm and excluding a 10 acre one.

    Why would our well-intentioned green lobby exclude large hydro, that is every bit as renewable as a small hydro project? Because if it were included, California would have already hit its 20% 2010 renewable target back in 2007. More recently,

    California upped the RPS percentage target to 33% by 2020.
    You can contact the California Public Utility Comission directly to ask for an explanation for this fraud, and you almost feel bad for the people replying. They’re rightly embarrassed to say that large hydro is excluded for no other reason than we’d already have hit the targets.

    The CPUC’s reply to a request for an explanation of large hydro’s exclusion:

    Large hydro does not qualify for the RPS and is thus excluded. If large hydro were included, the renewable portion of electricity in the State would be higher.

    And another reply:

    Unfortunately, the Energy Commission does not have any information on the original decision to exclude large-hydro projects from the RPS program. Hydro-projects were excluded from the program by law, so we have no reason to evaluate them any further. To the best of my knowledge they were excluded due to concerns about their environmental impacts, I believe environmentalists were involved in the decision process before the law excluding them were finalized, but I do not have detailed reasons for their exclusion.
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