Monday, April 23, 2007

Geothermal is Hot Topic Around Salton Sea.

The ever-shrinking Salton Sea in Imperial County has been slowly drying up thanks to increasing development and water diversion from the Colorado River. Now, efforts to restore it will have to contend with a major push by geothermal energy interestes to set aside areas around the sea for geothermal projects.

There are already ten geothermal plants operating on the southeastern shore that serve 300,000 residential customers. But, the area is considetered one of the best geothermal resources in the country and the capacity for more projects--that could serve as many as 1.8 million customers-- is ripe for develoment.

Because any attempt to set aside land for new energy projects will most likely be opposed by conservationists and others in the environmental community, look for this to become one of the next "hot spots" in the energy debate. (Pardon the pun.)

Major Southern California cities slurping up more [Desert Sun]