Pasadena invest in renewable future with geothermal contract

Pasadena Water and Power (PWP) is expanding its energy portfolio with 25 megawatts (MW) of geothermal energy as part of Pasadena’s commitment to growing clean energy and goal of sourcing 100% of its electricity from carbon-free sources. Pasadena is committed to the adoption of clean energy.

“Pasadena continues to invest in our renewable future,” said PWP General Manager Sidney Jackson. “The addition of this new geothermal energy brings us closer to meeting goals adopted by the City Council.”

The City Council recently approved a 15-year, 25-MW contract with the Southern California Public Power Authority for the purchase of geothermal energy from Geysers Power Company, LLC, an indirect subsidiary of Calpine Corporation, beginning on January 1, 2027. Located in Lake County, California, The Geysers Geothermal Project (Geysers) is North America’s largest producer of clean, reliable renewable geothermal power.

The Power Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), Pasadena’s long-term blueprint for producing dependable and environmentally responsible electricity at competitive rates, is now being updated by PWP. The purchasing of this geothermal energy advances the 2021 Power IRP Update’s greenhouse gas reduction objectives. By the end of 2027, geothermal power is estimated to account for around 25% of PWP’s retail energy sales, along with the Coso Geothermal Project contract, which was acquired in 2020 and is planned to begin supplying energy in 2027.

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