As excerpted from the Imperial Valley Press:
SACRAMENTO — A state Assembly bill that would require retail sellers of electricity and each local publicly owned electric utility to procure a proportionate share of new geothermal capacity has successfully moved out of the Senate Committee on Appropriations.
If the bill is passed, affected public utilities and retail sellers of electricity would be required to procure at least half of the 3,000 megawatts mandated by statute by Dec. 31, 2021. The other half would need to be obtained by contracts with deliveries commencing no later than Jan. 1, 2030.
AB 893 would have major economic implications for both Imperial and Riverside counties, which are teeming with geothermal energy, Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia, who authored the bill, said in a press release. Garcia, D-Coachella, represents the 56th District, which includes Imperial County.