California utility signs PPA for geothermal

27 April 2010 – The Sacramento Municipal Utility District signed a 21-year power purchase agreement to buy up to 132 MW of electricity from a geothermal plant currently under development.

Patua Project LLC., a unit of Vulcan Power Co., is building the geothermal plant near Reno, Nev. The project will be developed in three phases. Drilling for the first phase began in February and construction of a 60 MW power plant is expected to being in January 2011.

The plant is expected to come online in 2012.

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