Wednesday, October 7, 2015

USA, California: Southeast Geysers Effluent Pipeline Repaired in Collaborative Effort

NCPA unites to repair damage from the Valley Fire (Gridley Herald)

One of California’s most valuable renewable energy resources—the geothermal steamfields at the Geysers—has experienced major infrastructure damage due to the Valley Fire, which started on September 12th and burned over 76,000 acres in Lake, Napa, and Sonoma Counties.

For the Northern California Power Agency (NCPA), the catastrophic fire shutdown geothermal operations for several days. Through a well-orchestrated collaborative effort, NCPA’s member utilities—including various local governments throughout Northern and Central California—provided support to help bring NCPA’s operations back online.

This work included restoring the infrastructure that supports the Southeast Geysers Effluent Pipeline, which is crucial to the geothermal operations at the Geysers as well as the effluent disposal program in Lake County. The NCPA has started an Employee Fire Relief Fund.

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