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Glendale Water & Power to purchase geothermal energy

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Energy Global,

The Glendale City Council has adopted a resolution to enter into a set of long-term Power Sales Agreements (PSA's) with the Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA) to purchase geothermal energy.

The projects, Whitegrass No.1 Geothermal and Star Peak Geothermal, under the management of Open Mountain Energy, LLC located in Nevada, US, will commence in April 2020 and April 2021 respectively. The two projects combined will bring 15.5 MW of 100% renewable energy to Glendale and Glendale Water & Power (GWP) customers, and will move Glendale significantly further towards meeting the State of California's mandates of Senate Bill (SB) 100.

The geothermal projects will equate to an estimated 11% increase in GWP's Renewable Portfolio Standard. The zero-carbon energy provided to their customers will reduce carbon emissions by 52 600 tpy.

Geothermal energy is consistent and has high capacity factor at approximately 90%, as compared to the lower capacity factors of intermittent resources like solar and wind, which are at 25% and 34% respectively.

In December 2019, GWP also announced that it entered into a 25-year PSA with SCPPA for a 12.5% share of renewable solar energy, battery storage, and environmental attributes from the Eland 1 Solar and Storage Center in Kern County, California, US.

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