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News.bytes Extra, issue 514

Secretary Salazar and Governor Brown sign Agreement

In addition to the Fort Ord visit, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed an agreement Friday in Elk Grove to expand a state and federal partnership that has, over the last two years, paved the way for more than a dozen utility-scale solar energy projects and more than 130 renewable power projects in California.

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. amd Secetary Ken Salazar

These projects, which underwent rigorous environmental review, will generate thousands of construction jobs and power local economies. If all of these projects were built today, California would have enough renewable power to meet the state's 33 percent goal.

The agreement broadens the state and federal partnership to formally include transmission projects and bring in new partners, including the California Independent System Operator, the California Public Utilities Commission and the California State Lands Commission. The agreement also renews a mutual commitment to landscape level planning efforts. The partnership, launched in 2009, works through a senior-level Renewable Energy Policy Group (REPG) to expedite review and processing of proposed projects.

- David Christy, Public Affairs Officer, Central California District (Jan. 18, 2012)

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