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PORTLAND — The Bonneville Power Administration has signed an agreement with Calpine Corp. to buy up to 49.9 megawatts of electricity from the Fourmile Hill geothermal project in Northern California if the company can find a commercially developable source of steam at the site.
Although a developable resource has been identified elsewhere in the area, none has yet been found at the Fourmile Hill site just south of the Oregon border.
Calpine expects to begin exploratory drilling next spring and, if a source is found, the plant could begin operating in late 2004, officials said in a statement issued Friday.
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