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Renewable Electricity Production in Upstate California

Renewable Electricity Production in Upstate California

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Potential for renewable energy in Northern California (study prepared by the Center for Economic Development, CSU, Chico)
Potential for renewable energy in Northern California (study prepared by the Center for Economic Development, CSU, Chico)

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 Renewable ElectricityProduction in UpstateCalifornia
Present and Future Resource Use and Its Economic Impact 
March
 
6,
 
2009
 
Center
 
for
 
Economic
 
Development
 
Dr.
 
David
 
Gallo,
 
With
 
Warren
 
Jensen,
 
Danny
 
Dimeo,
 
and
 
James
 
O’Grady
 
 
 
Table
 
of 
 
Contents
 
Table
 
of 
 
Contents
 
..........................................................................................................................................
 
2
 
List
 
of 
 
Tables
 
.................................................................................................................................................
 
4
 
List
 
of 
 
Figures
 
................................................................................................................................................
 
5
 
Executive
 
Summary
 
.......................................................................................................................................
 
6
 
Summary
 
and
 
Conclusions
 
........................................................................................................................
 
6
 
Study
 
Goals
 
...............................................................................................................................................
 
6
 
Study
 
Area
 
.................................................................................................................................................
 
6
 
Existing
 
Renewable
 
Electricity
 
Generation
 
Resources
 
..............................................................................
 
6
 
Current
 
Electricity
 
Demand
 
in
 
Upstate
 
California
 
.....................................................................................
 
7
 
Current
 
Ratio
 
of 
 
Renewable
 
Electricity
 
Production
 
to
 
Electricity
 
Use
 
......................................................
 
7
 
Potential
 
Renewable
 
Electricity
 
Production
 
.............................................................................................
 
7
 
Economic
 
Impacts
 
of 
 
Renewable
 
Electricity
 
Resource
 
Development
 
......................................................
 
7
 
Introduction
 
..................................................................................................................................................
 
8
 
Purpose
 
of 
 
the
 
Study
 
.................................................................................................................................
 
8
 
Institutional
 
Background
 
...........................................................................................................................
 
8
 
Structure
 
of 
 
the
 
Study
 
...............................................................................................................................
 
9
 
Geographical
 
Area
 
.....................................................................................................................................
 
9
 
Existing
 
Renewable
 
Electricity
 
Generation
 
Resources
 
................................................................................
 
10
 
Small
 
Hydroelectric
 
.................................................................................................................................
 
10
 
Biomass
 
...................................................................................................................................................
 
10
 
Geothermal
 
.............................................................................................................................................
 
11
 
Solar
 
Photovoltaic
 
...................................................................................................................................
 
11
 
Wind
 
........................................................................................................................................................
 
11
 
Total
 
Renewable
 
Generation
 
in
 
Upstate
 
California
 
................................................................................
 
11
 
Top
 
Producing
 
Counties
 
in
 
Upstate
 
California
 
........................................................................................
 
12
 
Regional
 
Energy
 
Demand
 
............................................................................................................................
 
12
 
Electricity
 
.................................................................................................................................................
 
12
 
Natural
 
Gas
 
.............................................................................................................................................
 
12
 
Total
 
Residential
 
and
 
Non
Residential
 
Energy
 
Use
 
.................................................................................
 
13
 
 
3
 
Ratio
 
of 
 
Renewable
 
Electricity
 
Production
 
to
 
Electricity
 
Use:
 
Upstate
 
California
 
......................................
 
13
 
Net
 
County
 
Electricity
 
Production
 
from
 
RPS
Eligible
 
Renewable
 
Resources
 
..........................................
 
13
 
Conservation
 
Investments
 
..........................................................................................................................
 
15
 
Insulation
 
Upgrades
 
................................................................................................................................
 
15
 
Window
 
Replacement
 
.............................................................................................................................
 
15
 
Air
 
Conditioner
 
Efficiency
 
Upgrades
 
.......................................................................................................
 
15
 
Solar
 
Water
 
Heating
 
................................................................................................................................
 
15
 
Heat
 
Pumps
 
Including
 
Ground
Source
 
Units
 
..........................................................................................
 
16
 
Potential
 
Renewable
 
Electricity
 
Generation
 
Resources
 
.............................................................................
 
17
 
Small
 
Hydroelectric
 
.................................................................................................................................
 
17
 
Biomass
 
...................................................................................................................................................
 
18
 
Solar
 
........................................................................................................................................................
 
21
 
Wind
 
........................................................................................................................................................
 
23
 
Geothermal
 
.............................................................................................................................................
 
25
 
Potential
 
Additions
 
of 
 
Renewable
 
Electricity
 
Production:
 
20
Year
 
Development
 
Scenario
 
.......................
 
28
 
Total
 
Resource
 
Potential
 
.........................................................................................................................
 
28
 
Scenario
 
Description
 
...............................................................................................................................
 
28
 
Assumptions
 
............................................................................................................................................
 
29
 
Results:
 
Future
 
Ratios
 
of 
 
Upstate
 
California
 
Renewable
 
Electricity
 
Production
 
to
 
Area
 
Electricity
 
Use
 
29
 
Economic
 
Impacts
 
of 
 
Renewable
 
Electricity
 
Resource
 
Development
 
....................................................
 
30
 
Conclusions
 
.................................................................................................................................................
 
32
 
References
 
..................................................................................................................................................
 
33
 

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