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Imperial County wants state to require use of more geothermal energy

California's poorest county wants a bigger share of the state's $16-billion wholesale electricity market. Imperial County, which stretches east of San Diego County to Arizona, is seeking a special deal from the Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown that would require electric utilities, such as Southern California Edison Co., to buy extra alternative energy from geothermal power plants that are run by naturally occurring steam from deep in the earth. The steam already is used to drive turbines that make electricity near the Salton Sea. "Geothermal is the most reliable energy source out there," said state Sen. Ben Hueso (D-San Diego), whose district includes Imperial...

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