CEC Committee Recommends Approval of New Geothermal Plant

November 19, 2003

A new 185-megawatt geothermal power plant moved one step closer to reality last week, as the siting committee of the California Energy Commission (CEC) recommended that the full commission approve the project. If constructed, the Salton Sea Unit 6 Geothermal Power Project will be the largest geothermal power plant in the country, harvesting energy from hot brines drawn from deep underground, then reinjecting the warm waste water back into the geothermal reservoir. CE Obsidian Energy, LLC plans to begin power production at the plant in 2005. The CEC will vote on the project on December 17th. See the November 14th press release on the CEC Web site.

The new plant will be located on the southeast shore of the Salton Sea. For more information, see the CEC's Salton Sea Geothermal Documents page.