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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Geothermal Potential in California Still Largely Untapped,
Industry Group Tells CARB
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;
The full report, entitled REPORT ON THE STATE OF GEOTHERMAL ENERGY IN CALIFORNIA, is available at www.geo-energy.org.
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