California Advances New Bill Pushing For More Geothermal Energy Use [image]

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California is well known for it’s abundant geothermal resources and it is recognized that they are very underused. Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) and Assembly member Manuel Pérez (D-Coachella) worked together to develop the bill known as SB 1139. Essentially the bill requires energy retail sellers and local publicly owned electric utilities to procure 500 megawatts of electricity from baseload geothermal power plants by 2024. Recently, the bill was approved by the Senate Energy, Utilities and Communication Committee.

According the SB 1139 - “This bill would require the state board, by January 1, 2015, to adopt a final methodology for carbon capture and storage projects seeking to demonstrate sequestration under various laws providing for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.”

To date, California has significantly increased their green portfolio through the use of wind and solar energy. Geothermal however has not had an increase in use. Because geothermal has so much potential as a sustainable renewable energy source with basically zero carbon emissions it is a critical resource that must be leveraged as they pursue goals for carbon free production. Geothermal reservoirs can maintain energy production for decades or longer.

According to the latest report by the Geothermal Energy Association, “The processes and timelines for geothermal power development are notably different from most if not all other energy technologies. As a result, in the public forum, geothermal power is often grouped in with the other major types of renewable energy and then frequently misconstrued as having similar risks and economics. In reality, the risks and economics of geothermal are unique.”

Learn more about how Geothermal energy and how it works in the article What is Geothermal Energy and It’s Potential? [images, video]

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