For immediate release: May 13, 2002
Media Contact: Percy Della - 916-654-4989
Lakeport Ceremony Celebrates Lake County Geysers Project
||The California Energy Commission presents a check for $4.05 million
to Lake County as part of additional state contribution to the Southeast
Geysers Effluent Injection System.|
||Old Courthouse Building, 255 Main Street, Lakeport|
||11 a.m. Friday, May 17, 2002||Who:
||Steve Larson, Executive Director of the Energy Commission will
present a ceremonial "big check" to Assemblywoman Virginia Strom-Martin
and Senator Wesley Chesbro (or their representatives). The big check
(and the real one) will be handed over to Lake County officials led by
County Supervisor Jeff Smith and Steve Brodnansky, special district
administrator for Lake County Sanitation District.
||Through the Southeast Geysers Effluent Injection System (SGEIS),
Basin 2000, Lake County disposes of its effluent wastewater by treating
it and infusing the liquid through pipeline to the flagging Geysers
geothermal steam field.
Lake County Sanitation DistrictÕs Phase 2 of the project extends the
existing 21-mile Phase 1 pipeline from the Lakeport Northwest Regional
Treatment Plant to the Clearlake Southeast Regional Treatment Plant.
Phase 2 will increase treated effluent wastewater injection to the
Southeast Geysers to help extend the life of the steam field and
increase geothermal power plant production by about 10 to 20 megawatts.
In 1999, the Energy Commission awarded a $1.0 million grant from its
Geothermal Resources Development Account (GRDA) grant to Lake County to
fund a portion of construction costs of Phase 1. Governor Davis, as part
of his overall effort to find new renewable sources of electricity
signed AB 29x in April 2001. AB 29x allocated $4.5 million to the Energy
Commission for expenditure to complete Phase 2 of the system.
Funding for the project comes from a variety of sources, including the
United States Department of Energy, the State Water Resources Control
Board, Northern California Power Agency and the federal Economic
For further information, contact: Steve Brodnansky, special district
administrator, Lake County Sanitation District, 707-263-0119.
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