Truckee Energy Future Uncertain

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(Reno, NV)
Monday, December 11, 2006
The Truckee Donner Utility District wants to enter a 50 year contract with a Utah company that burns coal to generate electricity.  That would ensure a low price, but the district must act quickly.  California climate change laws take effect on January 1st, prohibiting long term deals with coal power.  District manager Peter Holzmeister supports green energy but says the new law forces the conversion too quickly.

It’s a matter of having a practical, workable, power supply that keeps the lights on all the time … and then having the opportunity to go out and buy renewable power on top of that.

Holzmeister adds that if the district declines the long term coal agreement, electricity rates will increase by as much as 25 percent by 2009.  Despite this, many Truckee residents have voiced disdain for coal and strong support for the development of renewable power.  The district’s board of directors is scheduled to make a decision Wednesday evening.

Brian Bahouth KXJZ News.