U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Geothermal Technologies Office

California Grants License for Largest U.S. Geothermal Plant

January 7, 2004

The California Energy Commission (CEC) voted on December 17th to approve a license for the 185-megawatt Salton Sea Unit 6 Geothermal Project. Proposed by CE Obsidian Energy, LLC, the project will be the largest geothermal power plant in the country. The facility will be located on 80 acres of land at the southern end of the Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge, approximately six miles north of Calipatria in Imperial County. See the CEC press release.