CHARTING A CLEANER ENERGY FUTURE...TODAY
THE GEYSERS IS CHARTING A CLEANER FUTURE FOR CALIFORNIA.
California has set ambitious goals to reach 100% clean energy by 2045. The Geysers is helping energy providers meet their clean energy targets by supplying reliable, renewable energy every hour of every day.
CONTINUING INNOVATION TO ACHIEVE CALIFORNIA'S CLEAN ENERGY GOALS
April 4, 2022 – SMUD to receive 100 megawatts of geothermal power from Calpine Corporation Contract for power from The Geysers supports 2030 Zero Carbon Plan SMUD approved a 100-megawatt contract with Calpine Corporation for geothermal power from The Geysers, marking a major step forward toward the 2030 Zero Carbon Plan. “SMUD is on course… Read the Full
WITH A HISTORY OF INNOVATION TO SUSTAIN CALIFORNIA’S GEOTHERMAL
In the mid-1980’s,The Geysers geothermal steam field was experiencing significant declines in production. The California Energy Commission determined additional water would be needed to slow or reverse the declines.
At the same time, the Lake County Sanitation District was faced with recycled water treatment, storage and disposal deficiencies and was in desperate need to dispose of excess recycled water.
From these two problems, the world’s largest geothermal recycled water to power solution was born.
Today, approximately 85% of the recycled water generated in Lake County is transported to The Geysers. This sustainable solution provides reliable geothermal generation for California.
And maintaining production at The Geysers results in a smaller carbon footprint for generating electricity, putting our recycled water partners, Lake County and the city of Santa Rosa, in the forefront of community sustainability.
For more on The Geysers’ innovative recycled water solution, click here.
WORLD'S LARGEST complex of geothermal power plants in the world located in the bay area's backyard.
Comprised of 45 square miles along the Sonoma and Lake County border, The Geysers is the largest geothermal power complex in the world. With a generating capacity of 725 megawatts, this unique California resource supplies enough clean energy to power a city the size of San Francisco, day or night, regardless of climate or weather.
HOW DO THE GEYSERS POWER CALIFORNIA’S CLEAN ENERGY FUTURE?
Geothermal energy is essential to meeting California’s energy and environmental goals. Energy providers are choosing to add The Geysers to their portfolio for the following reasons:
Geothermal energy is a unique natural resource that uses heat from the earth’s interior to generate electricity. Calpine’s sustained recycled water resource program ensures The Geysers will power California for generations.
Geothermal energy produces power every hour of every day, even when sun isn’t shining and the wind isn’t blowing.
Geothermal energy is a clean power source. Each year, The Geysers prevents the emissions of 2.4 million tons of carbon dioxide annually – equivalent to removing 432,500 cars from the road.
The Geysers uses wastewater from nearby communities to replenish its steam fields. This innovative recycled water recharge program solves environmental problems for local communities and provides reliable geothermal power that will serve Californians for generations to come, all while preserving the natural environment of this unique California resource.
The Geysers supports more than 300 local high-wage jobs and about 150 full time independent contractors, and is the largest taxpayer in Sonoma and Lake Counties.
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Our new exhibits are fun, interactive and focused on providing visitors with an updated, improved look at geothermal energy and Calpine’s operations at The Geysers.