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California Energy Commission to fund geothermal development in Modoc County

California Energy Commission to fund geothermal development in Modoc County California State Capitol, Sacramento (source: flickr/ David Fulmer, creative commons)
Francisco Rojas 27 Aug 2014

According to the Assemblyman, the Commission will be investing more than $4 million to promote the development of geothermal energy resources in northeastern California.

In a press release by Assemblyman Brian Dahle, it states that the California Energy Commission is investing more than $4 million to promote the development of geothermal energy resources in northeastern California.

The top project statewide, $1.13 million awarded to Modoc County, will allow further geological research and economic-feasibility studies into the development of a geothermal power plant at the Surprise Valley Hot Springs, near the Nevada border. Researchers from the University of California at Davis have extensively studied the region’s hot springs, which hold great potential to turn the earth’s natural heat into clean, renewable electricity.

Assembly Bill 2363, sponsored by Assemblyman Dahle, would require the California Public Utilities Commission to calculate the integration cost of weather-dependent renewable power sources such as wind and solar. The bill aims to ensure that utility regulations show the full value of baseload power sources, including geothermal energy, when ratepayer costs are calculated. AB 2363 has passed both houses of the Legislature and awaits the Governor’s signature.

To read the full press release, please follow the link below:

Source: Assemblyman Brian Dahle Website