May 30, 2011 | admin | Comments 0

Distributed geothermal could add to California electric supply, with feed-in help

In California, a study done in 2008 by engineering consultant Black & Veatch for the California Energy Commission found that small, geographically dispersed geothermal power plants could provide 7% of the state’s electricity supply. And with newly elected Governor Jerry Brown, the talk has turned to feed-in tariffs to spur development. While in the running for the office, Brown brought up developing as much as 12,000 MW of new renewable generating capacity with feed-in tariffs specifically. In the study, Black & Veatch considered projects as small as 8 MW to as large as 1,000 MW.

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