Manufacturers, Wind & Biomass energy groups oppose CA's geothermal bill

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Aug. 15, 2014 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

This week, CMTA joined forces with the California Wind Energy Association and the California Biomass Energy Alliance to oppose SB 1139, a bill that would require California energy retailers to purchase 500 megawatts of new geothermal power. The bill is simply too costly and works against California's environment. We underscored our opposition to the bill in an opinion piece to the Sacramento Bee:

Viewpoints: Geothermal bill will hurt consumers, set back renewable energy efforts

Most Californians would agree we need more jobs and cleaner air. Supporters of Senate Bill 1139 are promoting the bill under these claims. The proposed legislation would require select retail sellers of electricity to procure 500 megawatts from new geothermal plants.

But beware of a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

SB 1139 is an effort to produce jobs for the Coachella and Imperial valleys at a very high cost to customers of California’s investor-owned utilities (Pacific Gas and Electric Co., Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric), community choice aggregators and direct access providers.  READ MORE

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