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Ormat Technologies has announced a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA) for the Wild Rose geothermal power plant, located in Mineral County, Nev.

When the 16 MW Wild Rose project comes online at the end of this year, Ormat will sell the power to SCPPA at $99/MWh, and the SCPPA will resell the power to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) and Burbank Water and Power (BWP).

Electricity from Wild Rose geothermal power plant will be transmitted to LADWP and BWP through NV Energy's 500 kV One Nevada Transmission Line, which is also expected to be operational by year-end.

"Given the location of the Wild Rose geothermal plant and the way it will interconnect with the transmission system, the power could ultimately serve as a replacement for coal power LADWP receives from the Intermountain Power Plant in Utah," explains Aram Benyamin, senior assistant general manager of power at LADWP. "So when you think about strategy, this could really open up the northern Nevada geothermal area and help us achieve our goal to stop using coal by 2025 and allow better integration of renewable resources in our portfolio."




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