Fervo strikes 33-MW geothermal PPA in Southern California
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US geothermal projects developer Fervo Energy has signed a 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Southern California electricity provider Clean Power Alliance (CPA), it was announced on Tuesday.
The contract calls for Fervo to dispatch 33 MW of baseload carbon-free geothermal energy from Beaver County, Utah to California's regional grid so that CPA can supply its 32 member communities across both Los Angeles and Ventura counties.
The process of building the new geothermal power plant will create 723 new jobs and 27 people will secure permanent employment once the facility is up and running, which is expected to happen in the second quarter of 2028. Upon completion, the plant will generate enough power to meet the annual consumption of more than 13,500 local homes.
CPA pointed out that the signing of the PPA is a response to the state’s 2021 mandate requiring load-serving entities to procure 1,000 MW of non-weather-dependent, zero-emission baseload energy.