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Officials rally support for geothermal bill

(Officials rally support for SB 1139)….The Bill was authored by Senator Ben Hueso and co-authored by Assemblyman Manuel Perez.

The bill promotes greater reliance on geothermal energy in meeting the state’s renewable energy goals. It advances to the Senate Floor next week for a vote. Hueso and Perez are joined in La Quinta by officials from the Imperial Irrigation District, Riverside County, Salton Sea Authority, the trades, and the geothermal industry. They are rallying support for the bill that requires energy retail sellers and local publicly owned electric utilities to procure 500 megawatts of electricity from base load geothermal power plants by 2024. Passage of the bill would promote geothermal development in Imperial County, mostly in the Salton Sea area.