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Salton Sea geothermal plant canceled


Last updated 8/21/2017 at 9:36am

The Desert Sun have provided an update for the Geothermal stalemate currently being played out at the Salton Sea.

It's been 14 years since California officials first approved the Black Rock power plant, which would have tapped a powerful geothermal reservoir along the shore of the Salton Sea and generated enough climate-friendly electricity to power about 200,000 homes.

But the long-planned geothermal plant in Imperial County was never built — and now its developer appears to be pulling the plug.

CalEnergy, which is owned by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Energy, asked the California Energy Commission earlier this summer to terminate the license for Black Rock. The company had requested and received extensions of the construction start deadline in 2007, 2011 and 2014, but this time decided to move on rather than pay a $27,678 annual compliance fee that would have been due at the end of June.

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