Harnessing the Earth’s warmth in Sonoma County

Sonoma County Gazette

Sonoma County is embarking on an ambitious project with Chevron New Energies to explore the potential of Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS). Supported by significant investment from the Department of Energy, this initiative aims to revolutionize how we produce clean energy and phase out natural gas from Sonoma Clean Power’s energy sources.

In pursuit of this goal, March will see efforts to secure essential drilling permits. With CalGEM under pressure from a heavy workload and legal complexities, Sonoma Clean Power is adopting a dual strategy. They’re working with Sonoma County to revise local planning regulations for better control over energy projects and advocating for legislation to streamline the permitting process.

The project seeks to more efficiently tap into the Earth’s natural heat, building on Sonoma County’s history with geothermal energy from The Geysers. By using EGS technology to access and create geothermal resources, this initiative could provide a sustainable and reliable power source in previously unsuitable areas.

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