There is much debate going on to determine if geothermal power can ultimately solve the energy crisis in California.
The main argument focuses on geothermal power playing a key role for expanding the amount of renewable sources in the state of California. There was a summit that was held on August 8th and it brought together many researchers, energy producers and legislators as the future of geothermal energy was discussed.
At the end of the summit, the conclusion was that wind and solar were popular options but geothermal has many resources which are untapped. When the resources are discovered, it should help out with improving the energy grid in California.
The California State Senator named Alex Padilla who is also the chair of the Senate Energy Committee elaborates on how energy production has been flat for the past 15 years but there is great potential in the field. Padilla states that Solar is the talk of the town but Geothermal is known as the “renewable gold”. Geothermal is seen as attractive because of its attributes and will continue to be an important part of the energy portfolio. Assemblyman Manuel Perez says that the geothermal power has a future in the state of California. Perez admitted that there are many hurdles that ultimately prevent geothermal energy from becoming prominent in the state of California.
The Public Utilities Commission in California has also worked hard to remove the regulatory barriers on geothermal power. Perez wants to continue supporting stakeholders as they support the exportation of geothermal energy. Perez was also disappointed in the state of California as the majority of energy is purchased from Mexico and other surrounding states in the U.S. Perez pinpoints that there are nearly 31 renewable energy projects in the state of Nevada.
Overall, geothermal power is going to play an important part in the future of energy.