Riverside, Calif. – Riverside Public Utilities (RPU) announced this week that it has signed power purchase agreements with CalEnergy, LLC to supply the consumer-owned southern California utility with as much as 86 megawatts (MW) of clean, renewable, geothermal power through 2039.
“This comes at the perfect time for our utility,” said Mayor Rusty Bailey, “As we are looking to replace what was lost with the recent closure of the San Onofre Nuclear Generation Station.
Currently RPU receives 46 MW of geothermal generation from CalEnergy facilities located at the Salton Sea. With the agreement, one of the largest single purchases of geothermal energy in North America, that will increase to 66 MW by 2016, and 86 MW by 2019. One megawatt is enough energy to power approximately 650 homes.
“This is another huge step for us that will allow RPU to continue to meet, and then surpass its goals of having at least 33 percent of our total power mix come from renewable resources by 2020,” added Bailey. By 2016 alone, RPU’s geothermal contracts at the Salton Sea will comprise 22 percent of the utility’s retail power mix, which also includes biomass and biowaste gas, solar, wind, and hydroelectric generation sources.
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