sustainable enrgy in California

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  • sustainable energy- california
    • facts
      • most populous state in USA
      • 36.5 million residents
      • richest US state
      • California is 6th largest economy in the world
    • green agenda
      • reduce energy consumption
      • increase efficient use
      • expand renewable resources
      • cut GHG emissions
    • transport
      • has 26 million motor vehicles emmitts 40 million tonnes of co2 a year
      • low air quality in Los Angeles
      • target by 2030 non-petroleum takes 30% of market
    • coal-fired power stations
      • since 2005 there has been money cost for GHG emissions
      • C02 cost is $8 per tonnes
      • government has banned long term contracts between electricity companies and coal power station companies
    • Geothermal energy
      • California is tectonically active region, has 25 geothermal resource areas
      • represents 5% of California's energy and 40% of the worlds
      • most developed area is Geysers, north of San Fransisco
      • current production is 1900 MW with potential for 4000MW
    • Wind power
      • has around 14000 turbines
      • provides 1.5% of state electricity
      • 95% of generating capacity is at Altamont pass, San Gorgonio
        • however it is seasonal, most produced in summer
    • solar
      • provides 1% of electricity in California
      • 0.5 million houses use solar water heaters
      • since 1985 there has been nine solar thermal power station in the Mojave desert
      • Mojave solar park completion in 2011, occupying 250 ha of desert
      • gives refunds to investors in solar power
    • HEP
      • HEP was established before environmental laws, it peaked in 1960
        • these stresses have led to: temperature changes, blocking migrating fish, rapid water level changes, habitat destruction
      • generates 16% states electricity
      • large scale Dams such as Shasta and Folsom responsible for bulk of home production
      • they also control flooding and provide jobs and recreation


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