California’s EBCE strikes 40-MW geothermal PPA with Fervo Energy

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May 25 (Renewables Now) - East Bay Community Energy (EBCE), a California community choice aggregator, will source 40 MW of geothermal energy under a power purchase agreement (PPA) with geothermal company Fervo Energy, announced on Tuesday.

The facility, developed by Fervo Energy, will deliver 40 MW of 24/7 carbon-free electricity from Churchill County, Nevada to California's regional grid. Start-up is expected in the fourth quarter of 2026.

The deal, EBCE's first geothermal PPA, expands the not-for-profit public agency's clean energy portfolio and comes in response to the state of California’s mandate to procure 1,000 MW of non-weather-dependent clean energy by 2026.

Fervo Energy’s innovative technologies, including horizontal drilling and distributed fiber optic sensing, make projects more reliable and cost-effective, the firms said.

"Developing a diverse portfolio of clean energy facilities helps keep prices stable and the lights on," commented EBCE chief executive Nick Chaset.

EBCE has a goal of providing 100% clean electricity to customers by 2030.

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