Thursday, February 27, 2020

USA, California: City of Glendale Signs PPA for 15.5 MW Geothermal Power from Open Mountain Energy

Glendale Water & Power Enters Into Agreement To Purchase Geothermal Energy, Increasing Its Renewable Portfolio (News Release)

The Glendale City Council adopted a resolution on Tuesday to enter into a set of long-term Power Sales Agreements (PSA's) with the Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA) to purchase geothermal energy. 

The projects, Whitegrass No.1 Geothermal and Star Peak Geothermal, under the management of Open Mountain Energy, LLC located in Nevada, will commence on April 2020 and April 2021 respectively. The two projects combined will bring 15.5 MW of 100% renewable energy to Glendale and GWP customers, and will move Glendale significantly further towards meeting the State of California's mandates of Senate Bill (SB) 100. 

Glendale Mayor Ara Najarian stated, "This agreement marks another successful milestone in Glendale's path towards its clean energy goals while maintaining a reliable power supply for Glendale. Instead of only generating power when the sun is shining or when the wind is blowing, a geothermal project produces energy continuously, so we can rely on it for power around the clock; a partnership and achievement we are very proud of." Geothermal energy is consistent and has high capacity factor at approximately 90%, as compared to the lower capacity factors of intermittent resources like solar and wind, which are at 25% and 34% respectively.