Geothermal energy isn’t something you hear about as much in the renewable energy news, especially when up against wind or solar power. That is changing in California, however as the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) today approved two California utilities to go forward with renewable energy projects centered around getting power from the earth we walk on.
The CPUC approved Southern California Edison to work with Ram Power, a geothermal power specialty company, to produce renewable energy from the Orita 1 facility in Imperial County, Calif. This particular plant will initially have a capacity of 50 megawatts (MW), with an option to double that. It “should produce approximately 400 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of energy per year beginning in 2013,” according to the CPUC. Two similar agreements between Edison and the developer “with similar terms and conditions for future projects” were also authorized.
Up in the northern half of California, meanwhile, the CPUC gave the go ahead to Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) to execute a similar geothermal arraignment with Geysers Power Company to add “50 MW of geothermal capacity from the geothermal resource area in the Sonoma and Lake Counties.”
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