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Energy Briefs: Mendota Biofuel In Hot Water / Gasoline Prices / Turlock Solar Deal

November 11,2105

Screen Shot 2015-11-11 at 12.42.08 PMFresno Beet Energy Project In Hot Water
MENDOTA BIOENERGY, LLC is in trouble with the California Energy Commission over grant funding it received to pioneer its beets to energy project. At the November 12 CEC meeting staff is recommending terminating their agreement with the start-up biofuel company saying the Fresno County company did not return unspent money. Mendota says in correspondence, it does not have the money to refund the state agency,”completely out of funds” say an August letter to the CEC.The state says they owe just under $1.3 million.

 

Screen Shot 2015-11-11 at 10.40.13 AMCalifornia Gas Prices Heading Down Again
California gasoline prices are on their way down again this month after a brief nudge higher. The state average is now $2.83 compared to $2.91 a month ago. Lowest prices in our reading area are  $2.45 at the Visalia Costco and $2.79 at the SLO Costco.

Turlock Irrigation District Enters Power Purchase Agreement with SunPower

TURLOCK and SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 11, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Turlock Irrigation District (TID) and SunPower (Nasdaq: SPWR) announced today a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) under which TID will buy clean renewable solar power from SunPower. To serve the agreement, SunPower is starting construction this month on a 54-megawatt (AC) solar photovoltaic power plant at the company’s Rosamond Solar site in Kern County, which is expected to be operational by the end of 2016. TID anticipates the plant to generate an equivalent amount of energy to serve approximately 20,000 homes.
TID estimates the PPA will move the district approximately 7 percent closer to meeting the State of California’s recently increased Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) requirement of 50 percent renewables by 2030. It will also add another significant resource to the district’s already diverse portfolio of certified environmentally-friendly greenhouse-gas-free resources, which include wind, eligible small hydro, geothermal, and photovoltaic solar.

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