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Riverside signs contract for geothermal power through 2039


From the July 5, 2013 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published July 5, 2013

Riverside Public Utilities in California has signed power purchase agreements with CalEnergy, LLC to supply the consumer-owned utility with as much as 86 megawatts of geothermal power through 2039.

"This comes at the perfect time for our utility, as we are looking to replace what was lost with the recent closure of the San Onofre Nuclear Generation Station," said Mayor Rusty Bailey.

Riverside Public Utilities currently receives 46 MW of geothermal generation from CalEnergy facilities located at the Salton Sea. With the agreement -- one of the largest single purchases of geothermal energy in North America -- that will increase to 66 MW by 2016, and to 86 MW by 2019. 

"This is another huge step for us that will allow RPU to continue to meet, and then surpass, its goals of having at least 33 percent of our total power mix come from renewable resources by 2020," said Bailey. By 2016, RPU’s geothermal contracts at the Salton Sea will comprise 22 percent of the utility’s retail power mix, which also includes biomass and biowaste gas, solar, wind, and hydroelectric generation sources.


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