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The State

After spending $50 million on construction of the 55-megawatt South Geysers geothermal power plant in Sonoma County, California has decided to delay spending another $30 million to complete it because there isn’t enough steam to run it at full capacity. An attorney for the state Department of Water Resources said everything built so far, as well as a Japanese-made turbine generator stored in the San Francisco Bay Area, will be preserved indefinitely. After Geothermal Kinetics Inc. was able to come up with only enough steam to operate the plant at half its rated capacity, the state negotiated unsuccessfully for a supplemental supply from Union Oil Co. and from Pacific Gas & Electric Co.


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