Action in support of legislation to help a local geothermal company get paid for its generated electricity was taken by the county Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.
The board was told by CalEnergy Co. Inc. land manager Vince Signorotti that Southern California Edison will owe CalEnergy about $75 million by March 1 for electricity produced by local geothermal plants.
Edison has reportedly not paid CalEnergy since November for the 268 megawatts being generated in the local plants.
Despite marshaling but a bare majority, the board voted in favor of a resolution in support of Senate Bill 47x, introduced by state Sen. Jim Battin, R-La Quinta. The bill would specify the energy pricing methodology to be used under purchase agreements between the state's private and public utility companies and qualifying small power producers or cogeneration facilities.
"There is language in the bill as it stands today that allows for a repayment schedule from the utility companies to the cogeneration facilities," Battin said Tuesday.