Monday, April 23, 2018

USA, California: Candidate for Governor of Golden State Sees Advantages of Geothermal Energy at First Hand

Lt. Governor Newsom Visited Shrinking Lake In CA That Is Posing Public Health Risks & Harming Local Ecosystems (News Release)

"Investing in geothermal energy production in Imperial County can help reinvigorate the local economy and contribute to the state's renewable energy portfolio."


Prior to Thursday's State Lands Commission meeting in Palm Springs, Lt. Governor Newsom visited Imperial County to observe the environmental, ecological, and public health challenges that have resulted from the shrinking of the Salton Sea, California's largest lake. Lt. Governor Newsom also visited a local geothermal plant to learn about geothermal power and how renewable energy development on state lands contributes to California's renewable energy goals, while also stimulating Imperial County's economy.

Adjacent to the Salton Sea are geothermal plants that hold leases with the State Lands Commission, on which the Lt. Governor is a voting member. Imperial County has some of the highest-producing geothermal wells in the world, reflecting the region's great potential for renewable energy development. In 2016, geothermal energy accounted for about 4% of California's electricity, and about 20% of in-state renewable generation. Investing in geothermal energy production in Imperial County can help reinvigorate the local economy and contribute to the state's renewable energy portfolio.

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