EL CENTRO – IID Energy Manager Carl Stills attended the Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) National Geothermal Summit and brought back some awards for the Board.
The IID Board of Directors was awarded the 2014 Environmental Stewardship Award by the GEA.
The award is for the Salton Sea Renewable and Restoration Initiative.
The Salton Sea Renewable and Restoration Initiative was developed by General Manager Kevin Kelley and the IID Board.
“This is a very distinct honor to receive,” said Stills. “Mr. Hanks also received an award. It is in special recognition for his leadership in this initiative. It is a very prestigious award for President Hanks and the entire Board.”
The Salton Sea Renewable and Restoration Initiative was launched by IID in partnership with Imperial County. The Initiative will leverage funds generated by renewable energy projects located at the Sea to help finance activities for air quality management and habitat restoration. Projects on the exposed lakebed (playa) will serve to produce renewable energy and cover the playa to mitigate air emissions.
The first goal of the Initiative is to develop up to 2,000 megawatts of new geothermal energy at the Sea, enough to power over a million homes. There is more geothermal generating capacity in the Imperial Valley than anywhere in the U.S. Geothermal energy can be produced with minimal impact on the environment and habitat. It is a steady, reliable source of energy to the state electricity power grid that is no subject to weather, seasonal fluctuations, or lack of sunshine, as in the case of solar.
The Salton Sea Renewable and Restoration Initiative is the Valley’s hope to save the Salton Sea and the Valley’s air quality.