By JT, The Environmental Blog:
California’s Northern Bay Area is home to the largest geothermal energy producer in the country. Geothermal energy supplies about 5% of all of California’s needs.
The rising costs of oil and growing concerns about global warming have led to new legislation in California that requires energy companies to produce a 20% renewable energy portfolio by 2010. This has many companies scrambling to find the most effective method in achieving the goal. Should they not meet the goal they face harsh fines.
The geothermal plants in Sonoma County has been producing the same amount of energy the past 47 years. But now geothermal is getting another good look at its potential. The geothermal fields that emit a foul stench of sulfur are highly under utilized… Read more