The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) has signed a 21-year contract with Patua Project LLC, a subsidiary of geothermal developer Vulcan Power Company (Vulcan), for the purchase of up to 132 megawatts (MW) of baseload renewable energy from the Patua geothermal plant to be constructed in northern Nevada. Under the agreement, SMUD receives energy, environmental and carbon-neutral attributes from the project.

The project is expected to initially provide 500 gigawatt hours (GWh) per year, eventually ramping up to 1,000 GWh per year.