California’s governor signs legislation for Salton Sea; California hopes to streamline geothermal grants and loans; Colorado’s Mt. Princeton plan

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a piece of legislation directing state officials and Salton Sea Authority to coordinate on solutions for the sea. California’s Energy Commission will meet to consider amendments that are aimed at simplifying its Geothermal Grant and Loan Program. Mt. Princeton Geothermal LLC officials present their plan to Chaffee County.

California: Governor Brown Signs Salton Sea Legislation into Law
California: CEC to Consider Amendments to Simplify Procedures Under Geothermal Grant and Loan Program
Colorado: Mt Princeton Presents Plan to Chaffee County

California: Governor Brown Signs Salton Sea Legislation into Law
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law a piece of legislation directing state officials and Salton Sea Authority to coordinate on solutions for the sea, rather than placing restoration efforts in Sacramento, as was done in previous Salton Sea Restoration Council legislation. Assembly Bill 71 was authored by local representative Assemblyman V. Manuel Pérez, D-Coachella. The Salton Sea Authority considers the sea’s geothermal resources to be part of solutions for the sea. Ivpressonline.com

California: CEC to Consider Amendments to Simplify Procedures Under Geothermal Grant and Loan Program
California’s Energy Commission (CEC) has an open comment period leading up to a hearing to consider amendments on implementing the Geothermal Grant and Loan Program. According to documents on the CEC Web site (Energy.ca.gov, PDF), the regulations have not been amended since their adoption in 1985, and the proposed amendments have four objectives:

(1) The primary purpose of the amendments is to simplify both the procedures for applicants seeking to obtain loans and grants under the program and the procedures for the Energy Commission’s review of applications and awarding of loans and grants.
(2) The proposed amendments would also clarify several statutory requirements by identifying what the Energy Commission will accept as documentation for local approval of grants or loans awarded to private entities, and addressing the information needed for the Energy Commission to be able to determine that a decision approving an award for the project is in compliance with CEQA.
(3) In addition, the amendments would delete provisions that are outdated due to changes in statute or Energy Commission practice.
(4) Finally, the amendments make non-substantive stylistic and grammatical changes to clarify the regulations.

Associated documents are available at Energy.ca.gov.  The Energy Commission will accept public comment on the proposed amendments until the Hearing for Consideration and Possible Adoption on October 9, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. (Pacific Time) during the CEC’s regularly scheduled business meeting.  Presentations and audio will be broadcast via the WebEx Web meeting service: Energy.ca.gov.

Colorado: Mt Princeton Presents Plan to Chaffee County
Mt. Princeton Geothermal LLC officials Fred Henderson III, chief scientist, and John “Hank” Held, CEO, presented their plan to to Chaffee County. According to local press they have exploratory leases to 3,700 acres of state-owned land near Mount Princeton. They plan to develop geothermal energy. Themountainmail.com

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