California Energy Markets
Three separate cooperation agreements relating to the development of the Sonoma Clean Power Geothermal Opportunity Zone that were approved by the community choice aggregator’s board of directors could eventually add as much as 600 MW of geothermal energy to the grid to meet the state’s growing need for power and to satisfy emissions targets.
Agreements are being made with Chevron New Energies, Cyrq Energy and Eavor through which each company would develop its geothermal energy technology as a pilot project with the goal of scaling each to commercial operation.
Although SCP’s GeoZone initiative is targeting between 500 and 600 MW of capacity and the state needs 2,000 MW, CEO Geof Syphers said there is “no shortage of demand” throughout California, including a hearty “appetite” for geothermal from other CCAs. He noted that early geothermal procurement contracts were with Nevada-based facilities, but said the state needs its own geothermal supplies.