DRECP Updates and Implications for California’s Renewable Energy Future

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This presentation summarizes updates to the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) Development Focus Areas (DFAs) between 2014 and 2015.

It also includes observations and implications for California’s renewable energy future.

Highlights: there is enough “developable” land to meet and exceed California’s renewable energy goals.

Goal 1: the state’s  RPS requires 50% renewable energy by 2030

Goal 2: in order to meet AB32 GHG targets for 2050, we would need to go beyond the RPS and reach 60% renewable energy by 2030 in order to stay on track.

The next question is, now that we know we have enough resources, which are the best resources to use, to meet those goals?

The environmental analysis which has gone into the DRECP and other similar studies such as the San Joaquin Valley Least Conflict Solar Study should provide developers and investors with good snapshots of locations that should have relatively easier time in permitting.

Another next step would be to provide this information with better coverage (many areas of the state have not yet been included), and with better consistency (methodooogies vary from location to location).

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