CHARTING A CLEANER ENERGY FUTURE...TODAY
California utilities are on track to meet the state's goal of using renewable resources for at least one third of our power by the end of this decade. Now legislators and regulators are focused on determining the right mix of energy resources to ensure reliability and achieve the maximum reductions in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 and beyond. At issue is how best to diversify, harness and manage the energy we use.
The time to influence how this future takes place is now. The policies put in place today will affect our state's ability to provide clean, reliable and affordable energy for California homes and businesses for generations to come.
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- It's Renewable. Geothermal energy is a unique natural resource that uses heat from the Earth's interior to generate electricity. It's abundant in California, with an estimated 4,000 megawatts of potential geothermal development in Northern and Southern California.
- It's Reliable. Geothermal energy produces power around the clock, even when the sun isn't shining and the wind isn't blowing.
- It's Clean. Geothermal energy is a clean power source. The Geysers prevents the emissions of 2.4 million tons of carbon dioxide annually - equivalent to removing 432,500 cars from the road - that would have otherwise been emitted by existing power generation facilities. Geothermal also has a smaller land footprint when compared with other renewables.
- It's Sustainable. The Geysers uses wastewater from the City of Santa Rosa and Lake County to replenish its steam fields, solving an environmental problem for local communities while providing a steady source of power.
- It's Affordable. Geothermal projects produce energy for decades at stable, affordable prices. Geothermal energy supports a diverse mix of renewable energy sources that helps keep electricity rates affordable.
- It's a Job Creator. The Geysers is the largest taxpayer in Sonoma and Lake Counties, supporting more than 300 local high-wage jobs and about 150 full time independent contractors.