BILL NUMBER: SCR 48 INTRODUCED BILL TEXT INTRODUCED BY Senators McGuire and Hueso (Principal coauthors: Assembly Members Dodd and Wood) (Coauthors: Senators Hertzberg, Stone, and Wolk) (Coauthors: Assembly Members Dahle, Cristina Garcia, Eduardo Garcia, and Rendon) APRIL 27, 2015 Relative to geothermal awareness. LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST SCR 48, as introduced, McGuire. Geothermal Awareness Month and Geothermal Awareness Day. This measure would recognize the month of May 2015, as Geothermal Awareness Month and May 21, 2015, as Geothermal Awareness Day. Fiscal committee: no. WHEREAS, California contains the largest amount of geothermal generating capacity in the United States due to its location on the Pacific "Ring of Fire" and the tectonic plate junctions; and WHEREAS, There are 25 Known Geothermal Resource Areas located in California, 14 of which have temperatures of 300 degrees Fahrenheit or greater for commercial geothermal production of electricity; and WHEREAS, There are major geothermal electrical production locations throughout the State of California in the Counties of Sonoma, Lake, Imperial, Inyo, and Mono; and WHEREAS, California currently has 2,565.5 megawatts of installed electric generation capacity from geothermal resources with an additional 4,000 megawatts of potential for development; and WHEREAS, Geothermal energy is a reliable baseload renewable energy source that has been commercially operating in California since 1960 at the Geysers, the world's most developed geothermal resource area, which has been providing Californians with clean, reliable, and affordable electricity for more than 50 years; and WHEREAS, Geothermal energy produces electricity 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with a high availability record and is important to balance the needs of the state's transmission grid system; and WHEREAS, Geothermal energy is a clean renewable energy resource. The operation of the Geysers and operations in Imperial County help avoid the emissions of 11.6 billion pounds of carbon dioxide annually, which is equivalent to greenhouse gas emissions from more than 1,050,000 cars being taken off the road, that would otherwise be emitted by fossil fuel plants to meet baseload energy needs; and WHEREAS, In comparison to other existing renewable technologies, geothermal energy has many unique benefits, including consistent, predictable production, a relatively small land footprint, and low integration costs; and WHEREAS, Imperial County's Salton Sea Known Geothermal Resource Area is considered to have a significant near-term growth opportunity of over 2,000 megawatts of electric generation from additional geothermal resource development and additional geothermal resource development opportunities exist in the Counties of Sonoma, Modoc, Mono, and Lake; and WHEREAS, The geothermal industry is a major employer in the local communities where projects are located, providing a diverse range of full-time employment opportunities as well as contractor jobs throughout all phases of development and operation; and WHEREAS, Construction of the two proposed projects in Sonoma County is expected to require about 900,000 hours of labor by 190 construction workers, as well as hundreds of millions of dollars in materials, supplies, and services during construction. This new construction would result in an estimated $12 million in one-time sales tax revenue, $7 million in new annual property tax revenues, and millions of dollars in additional royalties paid to state, federal, and private leaseholders. Once operational, the new plants could create up to 19 full-time jobs; and WHEREAS, Fully developing Imperial County's Salton Sea Known Geothermal Resource Area could produce 5,214 construction jobs, and up to 1,093 long-term operating and maintenance jobs, substantially improving the economy of one of the most impoverished counties in the state, where over 22 percent of the population is unemployed; and WHEREAS, Geothermal power contributes to the tax revenue in local communities, serving as the largest property taxpayers in the Counties of Lake, Sonoma, and Inyo, as well as representing 10 percent of all property tax revenue in Imperial County; and WHEREAS, Geothermal development, from exploration through construction, spurs local economic growth through jobs, sales tax revenues, materials and supplies purchase, and purchase of other associated goods and services; and WHEREAS, California has one of the most ambitious renewables portfolio standards in the country with a mandate to procure 33 percent of energy from renewable sources by 2020, and geothermal energy is a major contributor to achieving this goal; and WHEREAS, Governor Brown has proposed expanding California's Renewables Portfolio Standard Program to require 50 percent of our energy from renewable sources by 2030, further increasing the importance of geothermal energy to achieve our renewable energy goals; and WHEREAS, California is on course to meet the near-term 2020 greenhouse gas emissions reduction target under the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (Division 25.5 (commencing with Section 38500) of the Health and Safety Code), but more emissions reductions from the use of clean energy like geothermal and other technological innovations will be needed to maintain and make further reductions in carbon emissions; and WHEREAS, Geothermal energy presents a unique opportunity to address other environmental issues, such as the Geysers' partnership with the City of Santa Rosa and Lake County to use their treated wastewater to recharge the Geysers. This innovative partnership is helping to keep local waterways clean and reduce carbon emissions from the wastewater, all while sustaining this important source of reliable, affordable, and renewable energy; and WHEREAS, Geothermal energy is essential and complimentary to California's environmental and economic policies, yet new fully permitted geothermal projects have failed to keep pace with the procurement of other renewable resources; and WHEREAS, According to the State Air Resources Board, the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission, and the Public Utilities Commission, existing geothermal generation production is expected to drop significantly by 2020, a result of renewable procurement policies that have failed to fully capture the benefits of geothermal generation and the costs associated with other renewable technologies; and WHEREAS, A diverse renewable energy portfolio fits with California' s energy demand profile and lowers costs; and WHEREAS, The preservation of California's existing geothermal generation and the development of new geothermal generation could facilitate the achievement of the state's post-2020 energy and environmental goals; now, therefore, be it Resolved by the Senate of the State of California, the Assembly thereof concurring, That the Legislature recognizes the month of May 2015 as Geothermal Awareness Month to raise awareness of the significant contributions geothermal energy makes to California's Renewables Portfolio Standard Program and toward meeting the state's environmental goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and be it further Resolved, That the Legislature recognizes May 21, 2015, as Geothermal Awareness Day in California, and urges all citizens to show their support on that day by learning more about geothermal energy in California and supporting public events planned by the geothermal industry; and be it further Resolved, That the Legislature considers geothermal resources important to California's future and recognizes the environmental and economic values of existing and future geothermal energy for the state and local communities; and be it further Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate transmit copies of this resolution to the Governor, the members of the Public Utilities Commission, the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission, the Independent System Operator, the State Air Resources Board, and to the author for appropriate distribution.