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Geothermal Market Cool to Salton Sea Restoration

Aug. 24, 2015, 4:00 AM

The recently released framework for California’s Salton Sea restoration depends on development of geothermal resources around the dying lake, but early efforts to exploit them have found a market unresponsive to the offering.

“The utilities don’t want to be told where to buy their power,” state Sen. Ben Hueso (D) told Bloomberg BNA in an interview. The Salton Sea is located in the state’s Imperial and Coachella valleys.

Hueso, whose district includes the Salton Sea, introduced S.B. 1139 in February 2014. The measure, he said, “was designed to level the playing field for geothermal energy to produce or be purchased.” ...