Geothermal Potential in California Still Largely Untapped, Industry Group Tells CARB

Jay Owen Greentech

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Geothermal Potential in California Still Largely Untapped,

Industry Group Tells CARB


Sacramento, CA (February 20, 2014)—As the California Air Resources Board is examining their new scoping plan for implementing the state’s ambitious climate law, AB 32, the leading  

Geothermal power is “a viable, cost effective, and plentiful renewable  

In brief, the status report shows that:

·        geothermal power generated 4.4% of total system power in California in 2012, but could have generated substantially more;

·        geothermal power produces some of the lowest life-cycle emissions when compared to almost every other ·        depending on the resource characteristics and plant design, geothermal power ·        even with high upfront capital costs, geothermal power is a competitive renewable energy source;

·        about half of California’s identified geothermal resources are still untapped, and significant resources may remain undiscovered;

·        geothermal power is key to achieving an expanded renewable power portfolio at the lowest total cost;

·        new technology will reduce geothermal power risks and can expand the supply curve to make more resources commercially available;

·        the Salton Sea Known Geothermal Resource Area (SSKGRA) is considered by many to be the best opportunity for growth in California in the near term;

·        distributed generation geothermal power and heating projects have potential in a number of areas, but are not eligible for the type of support provided other distributed generation projects;

·        challenges to growth of utility scale                             

The full report, entitled REPORT ON THE STATE OF GEOTHERMAL ENERGY IN CALIFORNIA, is available at


For more information or to schedule an interview with a GEA representative, contact Shawna Seldon, The Rosen Group, 917 971 7852or [email protected].


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