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April 25, 2013

California High-Speed Rail Authority looking to source power from renewable energy sources

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) has sought suggestions from industry players for new renewable energy sources to fully power its planned high-speed rail system.

California High Speed Rail

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) has sought suggestions from industry players for new renewable energy sources to fully power its planned high-speed rail system.

CHSRA has released ‘Call to Industry: Sourcing Renewable Power Supplies’ to solicit information and advice about purchasing renewable power sources.

The authority, which is responsible for planning, designing, building and operating the first high-speed rail system in the US, plans to generate sufficient renewable power to operate trains and facilities through this net-zero approach, thereby avoiding the need to procure energy from the state’s power grid.

CHSRA CEO Jeff Morales said: "The Authority is committed to build and operate a sustainable and innovative transportation system that will reduce greenhouse gases and provide environmental benefits."

"CHSRA has released ‘Call to Industry: Sourcing Renewable Power Supplies’ to solicit information and advice about purchasing renewable power sources."

All prospective energy contractors are expected to work out proposals for possible participation in the project and give several alternative renewable energy ideas and suggestions in response to this request, which will help inform future CHSRA energy procurement and project planning.

California Energy Commission chair Robert Weisenmiller said: "This is the kind of innovative approach that keeps California leading the nation in clean energy and clean transportation".

CHSRA said all the requests in response to the ‘call to industry’ from individuals or organisations should be submitted by 31 May 2013.

Expected to fully open by 2029, CHSRA’s high-speed rail system will run from San Francisco to the Los Angeles basin in less than three hours, at speeds of over 200mph.

The authority also proposes to extend the line to Sacramento and San Diego eventually, making it 800 miles long with up to 24 stations.


Image: CHSRA’s net-zero approach is expected provide environmental benefits and reinforce California’s commitment to the renewable energy economy.

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