Beatríz Grijalva

Beatríz Saavedra Grijalva
Visitor Coordinator for the Cerro Prieto Geothermal Plant
Baja California, Mexico
November 2

Beatriz met us at the Visitor Center of the Cerro Prieto Geothermal Plant, the second largest geothermal power plant in the world. Speaking in English, or through Kate Greenberg, our resident translator, when necessary, she explained the detailed workings of the power plant. Four separate generator stations combine to create 570 MW of generating capacity, saving 10 million barrels of oil from combustion. Cerro Prieto, along with a few other geothermal production facilities, accounts for almost 40% of Baja California’s energy production. On top of electricity production, the plant’s cooling ponds also provide crucial desert habitat for migratory birds and the endangered Desert Pupfish. We appreciate Beatriz’s patience and thoroughness in answering our many questions.

By Collin Smith

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