Tuolumne County Profile - Community Indicators Project 2008
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Renewable Energy

Total Megawatts Produced in Tuolumne County

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Why is this important?

Conservation and the prudent use of our natural resources are important aspects of a socially responsible society. Societal choice to use renewable resources for the production of energy is a key indicator of this.

The California Renewable Portfolio Standard directs utilities to have 20% renewable energy in their procurement mix by 2017.

What is the measure?

We measured the number of local hydropower, biomass co-generation, and solar and wind plants that produce electricity from renewable resources within the county.

How are we doing?

Because of the abundance of natural resources in our county, we produce a significant amount of renewable energy from hydroelectric and biomass sources. To maximize the efficiency of waterpower, much of our water passes through more than one hydroelectric facility. We produce no discernible power from wind or solar sources.

A challenge we face is that as public demand increases, will we be able to produce sufficient energy that is economic, efficient, and environmentally safe?

Definition: A megawatt is one million watts and a kilowatt is one thousand watts. A typical household incandescent light bulb uses electrical energy at a rate of 25 to 100 watts, while energy-saving compact fluorescent lights, which are gradually replacing incandescent bulbs, typically consume 5 to 30 watts.

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Tuolumne County - Central Sierra Mountains