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New legislative initiative could be good news for geothermal in California

Power lines in Los Angeles, California (source: flickr/ JMR_Photography, creative commons)
Francisco Rojas Francisco Rojas 2 Feb 2015

A new bill that would require California to get 50 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030 could greatly benefit geothermal development in the state.

A new bill has been proposed by State Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia “that would require California to get 50 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030,”

California with massive potential for renewable energy generation could see a great increase in green power and more particularly in geothermal energy.

“The bill would require the California Public Utilities Commission to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of renewable energy sources not just by their up-front costs, but by their ability to benefit the grid by supplementing intermittent solar and wind, or by providing 24/7 electricity generation. That could benefit geothermal, which is much more expensive than traditional wind and solar but which has the advantage of generating power 24 hours a day.”

Due to its baseload capability, geothermal could be the biggest winner if said bill is implemented in California.

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Source: The Desert Sun