In the midst of fevered policy discussions surrounding the fate of California’s clean energy future, Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia successfully advanced AB 893, his proposal supporting geothermal, out of the Senate Committee on Appropriations. The geothermal procurement mandated in this measure is of immense significance to the Riverside and Imperial County communities in Garcia’s district.
Geothermal energy creates high-paying jobs, not just during construction, pays property taxes and wields potential to provide additional revenue streams to some of the most impoverished areas of the state. Geothermal power plants employ six times more people than solar and 18 more times than wind while producing six times more to the local economy than both. In Imperial County, this industry serves as the largest taxpayer.