Energy Stakeholds Gather this Friday to Support Geothermal Bill

La Quinta, California - This Friday, at 11:30 a.m. please join Assemblymember V. Manuel Pérez, Senator Ben Hueso, and leaders from the Imperial Irrigation District, Salton Sea Authority, Riverside County, the trades, and the geothermal energy industry for a press conference in La Quinta.

The focus of the press conference is SB 1139, a bill authored by both legislators to promote greater reliance on geothermal energy in meeting the state’s renewable energy goals.  The bill, which advances to the Senate Floor next week for a vote, requires the procurement of 500 megawatts of electricity from base load geothermal power plants by 2024.

“Senator Hueso and I have teamed up on this bill recognizing that the development of geothermal resources in the Salton Sea basin supports local economic development and job creation, while helping the state meet its renewable energy goals and creating a potential revenue sources for Salton Sea restoration,” said Pérez. “Together with geothermal energy stakeholders we are gathering this Friday to rally support as this bill heads to the Senate Floor.”

Attendees: Assemblyman V. Manuel Pérez; Senator Ben Hueso; James Hanks, Imperial Irrigation District and Salton Sea Authority; Richard Dozier, Riverside County Economic Development Agency; Randy Keller, CalEnergy Corporation; International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers  (invited); and Imperial Valley Economic Development Corporation (invited)

Friday, May 16, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. at the Imperial Irrigation District -- La Quinta office boardroom

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