Senator Ben Hueso and Assemblyman Manuel Pérez to hold Geothermal Hearing

Sacramento, California - On Thursday, April 3, Senator Ben Hueso, Chair of the Senate Select Committee for California’s Energy Independence, and Assemblymember V. Manuel Pérez, Chair of the Assembly Select Committee of the Renewable Energy Economy in Rural California, will hold a joint informational hearing to discuss the policies and trends affecting geothermal energy production in California.

“Geothermal power is important to California’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS) requirements. However, despite geothermal contributions to the grid, the use of this power source has been steadily decreasing over time. We need clear answers and a thorough understanding of how geothermal power can be used to advance renewable energy production in California,” said Senator Hueso.

“We have abundant renewable resources in California, including vast geothermal potential that could significantly contribute to the state’s clean air and energy goals.  Yet it’s not just about tapping these resources – we need transmission infrastructure to bring them to the grid,” said Assemblyman Pérez.  “This hearing will not only explore the benefits of geothermal as part of the state energy portfolio, but we will look specifically at transmission barriers and how we can overcome them.”

Please go to http://caei.senate.ca.gov/hearings for a copy of the hearing agenda and background materials.

LIVE WEBCAST:          http://senate.ca.gov/watch/113-video

The Select Committee for California’s Energy Independence was established in 2013 to explorethe potential for new technologies that create jobs for Californians while protecting consumers’ rights to reliable access to energy from renewable and sustainable sources.

Assembly Select Committee of the Renewable Energy Economy in Rural California was established in 2011 to examine issues affecting the development of renewable energy projects in rural areas of California for the purpose of creating policy that facilitates the state’s renewable energy goals, job retention and creation, environmental protection, and economic outcomes in rural communities.

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