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New gas power plant to help cut Calif. emissions

Posted: August 11, 2012 8:00 a.m.
Updated: August 11, 2012 8:00 a.m.

LODI, Calif. (AP) — California officials say a new natural gas plant will help the state reduce greenhouse gas emissions as it pumps water to millions of people and farms.

The plant that opened Friday will replace some of the coal-generated energy used by the State Water Project, which provides drinking water to 25 million Californians and irrigation water to 750,000 acres of farmland.

More than half the electricity that moves the water is generated by the state's own hydroelectric plants. The rest comes from other sources, including coal plants that are heavy emitters of greenhouse gases.

In addition to supplying the water project, energy from the gas plant will go to Silicon Valley, the Bay Area Rapid Transit system and several municipal utilities in Northern California.



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