I was fortunate to work with a geothermal energy developer in California, building a set of power plants in the Mojave Desert. Now geothermal energy in California is different from geothermal energy in Minnesota, which many people are familiar with. Geothermal energy in California means tapping the underground Hot Springs, getting the steam from these Hot Springs, running it through the power turbines, and turning that into electricity, which is then transported by a power line into the local grid.
We were able to do that with several plants. Now, this is great for many reasons. This creates energy from a naturally occurring source, it’s sustainable, it’s renewable. We re-inject the wastewater that was used is re-injected back down into the earth and it comes back up at some point as additional steam. It creates a lot of electricity without burning carbon and other sorts of unpleasant byproducts. And it created jobs for people. It was a very good project for the community and the company. Avisen Legal works with a wide variety of clients on many different impact counsel projects.