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SRP now importing geothermal power from Utah


From the January 7, 2014 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published January 7, 2014

By Jeannine Anderson
Editor
The Salt River Project in Arizona reported in December that it is now receiving renewable energy from the recently completed Cove Fort Geothermal Project in Beaver County, Utah. 

 In 2012, SRP signed a 20-year agreement with Massachusetts-based Enel Cove Fort, LLC to purchase the output of the 25-megawatt plant. The geothermal power generated by the project will offset enough carbon dioxide emissions each year to equal removing 15,000 cars from the road, the Arizona utility said.

A geothermal power plant produces electricity from naturally occurring heat below Earth’s surface.  The Cove Fort project will utilize binary cycle technology, allowing access to regions with lower temperature geothermal resources. 
  
"Geothermal energy is an extremely valuable product and it greatly enhances our sustainable portfolio," said John Sullivan, SRP’s chief resource planning executive.  "It is one of the only renewable-energy technologies that can provide energy for our customers around the clock."

Under SRP’s sustainable portfolio goals, the utility must meet 20 percent of its retail electricity requirements through sustainable resources by the year 2020.  The utility said it currently derives more than 10 percent of its retail energy needs from sustainable resources such as solar, wind, landfill gas, geothermal, biomass, hydro and energy-efficiency measures. 
 

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