Wednesday, July 6, 2016

USA, California: Geothermal is for the Birds!

What is geothermal power, and how might it save the Salton Sea? (National Audubon Society)

Geothermal has the potential to be the renewable energy to help humans and birds in the area.

Audubon California visits the John L. Featherstone Plant, the only geothermal plant to be built on the Salton Sea resource in the last 20 years. Photo: Courtesy of Andrea Jones
“One of the problems with solar and wind is that they can leave gaps in electricity production at night or when the wind isn’t blowing,” explained Garry George, Audubon California’s Renewable Energy Director. “By comparison, geothermal provides a stable baseload.”

Providing this stable baseload means that the grid will always have enough energy to stably provide electricity. But geothermal is also advantageous because it takes up relatively little space. As Audubon California’s Director of Bird Conservation Andrea Jones put it, “we like geothermal because it has such a small land footprint in such a delicate desert habitat.”

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