SUPPLY RELATIVE TO RENEWABLE ENERGY GOALS

California’s 2020 Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) goal can be fully met without developing within the Ecologically Core or Intact lands in the ecoregion. The lower conservation value land with slopes of less than 1% (190,928 ha) could supply 107 TWh of electricity, or 180% of the renew­able energy that it is estimated will be needed to meet the California RPS by the Renewable Energy Transmission Initiative (RETI) [39]. Below 3% slope, there are 587,145 ha of land, with the potential to generate 555% of the energy required, while the lower conservation value lands below 5% cutoff (740,699 ha) could supply 700% of the energy required.

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