Energy Stakeholds Gather this Friday to Support Geothermal Bill

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Imperial Valley's own Geothermal plant.... nestled around beautiful fields.

LA QUINTA РThis Friday, at 11:30 a.m. everyone is encouraged by Assemblymember V. Manuel P̩rez, Senator Ben Hueso, and leaders from the Imperial Irrigation District, Salton Sea Authority, Riverside County, the trades, and the geothermal energy industry to attend a press conference in La Quinta.

The focus of the press conference is SB 1139, a bill authored by both legislators to promote greater reliance on geothermal energy in meeting the state’s renewable energy goals. The bill, which advances to the Senate Floor next week for a vote, requires the procurement of 500 megawatts of electricity from base load geothermal power plants by 2024.

“Senator Hueso and I have teamed up on this bill recognizing that the development of geothermal resources in the Salton Sea basin supports local economic development and job creation, while helping the state meet its renewable energy goals and creating a potential revenue sources for Salton Sea restoration,” said Pérez. “Together with geothermal energy stakeholders we are gathering this Friday to rally support as this bill heads to the Senate Floor.”

Friday, May 16, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. at the Imperial Irrigation District — La Quinta office boardroom