NCPA resumes generation at one of two geothermal plants

The Northern California Power Agency on Nov. 5 reported that after an interruption in NCPA’s geothermal facilities’ operations due to California’s Kincade Fire, and a subsequent determination that it is safe to resume power generation, one of two NCPA geothermal plants has resumed normal plant operations.

NCPA on Oct. 25 reported that the Kincade Fire was actively burning adjacent to NCPA’s Geysers geothermal facilities. Due to the proximity of the fire, NCPA initiated an Emergency Response Plan for geothermal plants 1 and 2. Plant 2 has now resumed normal operations.

NCPA on Nov. 5 said that Geothermal Plant 1 is generation-ready and will resume normal operations once Pacific Gas & Electric completes its mandatory safety inspections and re-energizes its transmission lines.

All NCPA employees and contractors remain safe and accounted for, as California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) and local officials have lifted all mandatory evacuation orders and warnings related to the Kincade Fire, NCPA noted.

“After working 13 days to put out the Kincade Fire in Sonoma County, Cal Fire officials have finally declared the blaze fully contained as of Wednesday night,” SF Gate reported on its website on Nov. 6.

“Approximately 77,758 acres were burned and 374 structures destroyed, including 174 homes and 11 commercial properties, at the conclusion of the fire. An additional 60 structures were damaged, including 35 homes and one commercial building,” the news outlet reported.

NCPA members include municipalities, a rural electric cooperative, and other publicly owned entities for which the not-for-profit agency provides such services as the purchase, aggregation, scheduling, and management of electrical energy.

Additional information about NCPA’s geothermal facilities is available here.