North Bay Business Journal
California’s quest for more 24/7 renewable power to rapidly replace natural gas and nuclear energy took another step forward in the North Coast’s massive geothermal field.
Boards of supervisors for two of the three counties asked to buy-in on a geothermal opportunity zone, or GeoZone, have now done so, leaving promoters prepping to call for site, technology and project proposals this spring. On Feb. 8, Sonoma County supervisors voted to join the GeoZone, and Mendocino County supervisors did so on Dec. 7.
Lynda Hopkins, whose 5th District covers northwest Sonoma County, at the board meeting called it an “exciting opportunity” to extend power production in The Geysers area, which is the largest producing geothermal energy field in North America. Hopkins represents the county on the board of Sonoma Clean Power, a community choice aggregation utility for Sonoma and Mendocino counties and a key backer of the GeoZone effort.