The World's #1 Renewable Energy Network for News, Information, and Companies.

California Geothermal Plant Expansion Receives Approval

Southern California Edison's San Onofre nuclear power plant has been down since January 31, but the damaged reactors may restart by the end of the year, the operator has told press. The loss has affected 1.4 million homes as well as voltage support to the transmission system, causing some experts to question the stability of Southern Californian infrastructure. Tentative dates for repower are Nov. 18 for the Unit 2 reactor and Dec. 31 for Unit 3.

On the geothermal side of the spectrum, the Heber geothermal plant owned by Ormat Technologies is expected to get four more wells. The additional wells will maintain the plant’s capacity, Ormat’s Charlene Wardlow was quoted via ivpressonline.com, and were approved by the Imperial County Planning Commission. During the decision, Imperial resident Juan Zarate called for geothermal developers to provide community benefits to the county. Wardlow responded that royalties are provided to the private land owners were the plant is located; in places like Sonoma the plant is located on public lands, which is why that county receives royalties, she was quoted.

The recent Aruvians Research report, "Analyzing Geothermal Power in the U.S.," reaffirmed California’s position as a world leader in the geothermal business.

This article was originally published in GEA's Geothermal Energy Weekly and was republished with permission.

Lead image: Geothermal plant via Shutterstock

RELATED ARTICLES

UK Parliament Clean Energy Leaders

UK Government Names Clean Energy Cabinet Members

David Appleyard, Contributing Editor With the UK general election now over and a majority Conservative Party government in place, the re-elected Prime Minister David Cameron has now named key members of the government charged with steering the UK’s clean energ...
Microgrids

Coast to Coast and Across the Electric System, Microgrids Provide Benefits to All

Dick Munson, Environmental Defense Fund At the most obvious level, microgrids could disrupt today’s utilities and their regulated-monopoly business model, because they challenge the centralized paradigm. In a nutshell, microgrids are localized power grids that ha...
Germany wind turbines. Credit: Shutterstock.

Germany's Powerhouse Feels Pinch of Merkel’s Shift to Renewables

Tino Andresen, Bloomberg North Rhine-Westphalia, the German state that’s home to utilities RWE AG and EON SE, is losing its standing as the country’s powerhouse as wind and solar energy begin to displace conventional sources. Electricity consumers ...
UK Conservatives Spark Renewable Energy Fears

UK Conservative Victory Sparks Climate and Renewable Energy Concerns

Alex Morales, Bloomberg

The surprise Conservative victory in the recent UK elections have some worrying about the future of renewable and climate progress, but officials are now calming those fears.

Leslie is located in Washington DC at the Office of the Geothermal Energy Association and serves on the Renewable Energy World North America Conference and Expo committee.

CURRENT MAGAZINE ISSUE

03/01/2015
Volume 18, Issue 3
file

STAY CONNECTED

To register for our free
e-Newsletters, subscribe today:

SOCIAL ACTIVITY

Tweet the Editors! @megcichon @jennrunyon

FEATURED PARTNERS



EVENTS

Energy Storage USA 2015

Energy Storage USA is the leading conference in the United States focuse...

GEA Geothermal Energy Expo 2015

Every year, the Geothermal Energy Expo® hosts the world's largest ga...

National Geothermal Summit 2015

The Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) is pleased to be holding its fif...

COMPANY BLOGS

Net Zero Energy Efficient Buildings and Geothermal Heat Pumps

As the U.S. market for green building design and construction evolves, ...

California Solar Installations Put 6 Gigawatts of Power Online

That’s according to figures from the California Independent System...

Geothermal Earth Day Visual: Shaping Environmental Solutions

Earth day 2015 is an important point in history for the environment. Mem...

NEWSLETTERS

Renewable Energy: Subscribe Now

Solar Energy: Subscribe Now

Wind Energy: Subscribe Now

Geothermal Energy: Subscribe Now

Bioenergy: Subscribe Now  

 

FEATURED PARTNERS