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Mammoth Residents Concerned Over Geothermal Plant Threat to Groundwater

Mammoth Residents Concerned Over Geothermal Plant Threat to Groundwater

Geothermal: A 33-megawatt geothermal power plant approved in August by the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service has the town of Mammoth Lakes worried about its drinking water supply.
New Solar Energy Zone in California Desert

New Solar Energy Zone in California Desert

Government: The new zone is California's third. All told, that means the Interior department has declared 164,391 acres of the California Desert as Solar Energy Zones.
Feds OK Expanded Geothermal Plant Near Mammoth Lakes

Feds OK Expanded Geothermal Plant Near Mammoth Lakes

Geothermal: A 33-megawatt geothermal plant proposed for a spot along Route 395 near Mammoth Lakes cleared a hurdle this week, as two federal agencies signed off on the project. The project must still win approval from a regional air quality board.
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Study: Renewable Energy Production Causing Earthquakes in CA

Study: Renewable Energy Production Causing Earthquakes in CA

Geothermal: A study published Thursday in the journal Science has linked geothermal energy production in the Salton Sea area with an increase in local earthquakes.
Bill Would Require Half State's Power be Renewable

Bill Would Require Half State's Power be Renewable

Utilities: A bill introduced into the California Legislature would require that all California utilities get 51 percent of their power from renewable sources by 2030.
California Geothermal Startup Wins Army Contract

California Geothermal Startup Wins Army Contract

Geothermal: A Burlingame-based startup is one of five companies awarded contracts with the U.S. Army to develop geothermal generating capacity to power military bases.
Geothermal Grew Slow But Steady Last Year

Geothermal Grew Slow But Steady Last Year

Geothermal: California remains the nation's geothermal leader with over 2,700 megawatts of capacity installed.
L.A. to Buy More Geothermal Power From Northern Nevada

L.A. to Buy More Geothermal Power From Northern Nevada

Geothermal: Unless the Los Angeles City Council decides to intervene in the next few days, 13.71 megawatts of power from the Wild Rose Geothermal Facility near Gabbs, NV will start flowing toward L.A.'s grid in January 2014.
Getting Geothermal Out of Its Rut

Getting Geothermal Out of Its Rut

Geothermal: Geothermal power plants plug along delivering around 20 gigawatt-hours of power to the California grid every single day. Why aren't we taking more advantage of this 24-7 power source?
Long Beach Historic Park Uses Earth To Save Energy

Long Beach Historic Park Uses Earth To Save Energy

Geothermal: Long Beach's Rancho Los Alamitos' new earth-friendly heating and cooling infrastructure doesn't compromise the park's historic integrity with noisy boilers, condensers, or generators.
Report: Geothermal Offers Reliable Low-Carbon Power

Report: Geothermal Offers Reliable Low-Carbon Power

Geothermal: A new report shows that geothermal power plants offer power as reliable and consistent as coal-fired plants, but with only about one-twentieth of the carbon footprint.
Brown Signs Bills for San Luis Obispo County Solar, Geothermal Waste

Brown Signs Bills for San Luis Obispo County Solar, Geothermal Waste

Government: Governor Brown signs bills making it easier to build solar on the Central Coast, and mine geothermal brine for valuable minerals.
Is California Policy Squelching Western Geothermal?

Is California Policy Squelching Western Geothermal?

Geothermal: California wants to keep its renewable energy development in-state, but California's geothermal leaders say that policy is hurting their industry.
Geothermal Summit Set for August 7 in Sacramento

Geothermal Summit Set for August 7 in Sacramento

Geothermal: Geothermal industry people, agency reps, utility companies and elected officials will meet up in Sacramento next week.
Study: California is a World Geothermal Leader

Study: California is a World Geothermal Leader

Geothermal: A study of the global geothermal industry reveals that seismically active California is the global leader in generating power from the Earth's heat.