Largest U.S. Geothermal Plant Licensed in California

March 01, 2004

Photo of The Geysers geothermal plant spouts dry steam in a panoramic view of its northern California surroundings.

Geothermal energy plants in California such as the Geysers (shown), in the northern part of the state, will be joined by a new 185-MW facility near the Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge in southern California. (Credit: Pacific Gas and Electric Company)

The California Energy Commission voted on December 17 to approve a license for the 185-MW Salton Sea Unit 6 Geothermal Project. Proposed by CE Obsidian Energy, LLC, the project will be the largest geothermal power plant in the country. The facility will be located on 80 acres of land at the southern end of the Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge, approximately six miles north of Calipatria in Imperial County. For details, see the CEC's December 17 press release.

Source: January 7 issue of EERE Network News.