SCHEDULE 6-GEOTHERMAL SCHEDULE

Beginning in the year 2001, permit fees pursuant to this schedule shall increase at the rate of ten percent (10%) per year each year for a total of four (4) years. Notwithstanding, in any year subsequent to the 2000 calendar year where the Unreserved Fund Balance for the Air Pollution Control District is in excess of fifteen percent (15%) of the projected appropriations of the subsequent year as of August 1 of that year, the Auditor/Controller shall so certify to the Air Pollution Control Officer or his/her authorized agent whereupon the Air Pollution Control Officer or his/her authorized agent shall grant a deferment of the ten percent (10%) increase of permit fees paid pursuant to this schedule for that calendar year. Said deferments shall continue until such time as the Unreserved Fund Balance for the Air Pollution Control District falls below fifteen percent (15%) of the projected appropriations of the subsequent year as of August 1.


  Year
2000
First
Year
Second
Year
Third
Year
Fourth
Year
           
Geothermal Exploratory or Test Wells (per well) $108.00 $119.00 $130.00 $141.00 $152.00

For exploratory or other geothermal wells, not drilled or operating in connection with a utilization project, a separate permit shall be required for each well. Such wells may be tested or operated during the year drilled under an Authority to Construct permit. A Permit to Operate shall be obtained for each subsequent year that the well is maintained (i.e. not properly abandoned pursuant to the Division of Oil and Gas requirements). A geothermal well with activity in excess of ninety days per year shall be considered a production facility and pay fees based on that schedule.


Geothermal Resource Production/Utilization Facility:


Year
2000
First
Year
Second
Year
Third
Year
Fourth
Year
         
$300.00 per $330.00 per $360.00 per $390.00 per $420.00 per
MW for the MW for the MW for the MW for the MW for the
first year and first year and first year and first year and first year and
$150.00 per $165.00 per $180.00 per $195.00 per $210.00 per
MW for each MW for each MW for each MW for each MW for each
subsequent year subsequent year subsequent year subsequent year subsequent year

Where the facility will generate electricity, the net maximum permitted megawatt production shall be used. Where direct hear utilization, mineral, or other resource production is involved, the Air Pollution Control Officer shall determine a megawatt equivalency based upon comparable geothermal fluid production.


Where different portions of a geothermal project (such as well field, brine handling, and electricity generation, for example), are permitted separately to different operators, the total fee shall not exceed that cited above. The Air Pollution Control Officer, after consultation with the affected permittees, shall apportion the fee among the separate operators considering the following factors: estimated actual and potential emissions, estimated hazard of emissions, and extent of inspection and monitoring required.


An applicant or permittee for a permit assigned such apportioned fee may request a hearing pursuant to the Hearing Board Procedures of the Imperial County Air Pollution Control District. The Hearing Board may reapportion the fee among the affected permittees, but not increase or decrease the total fee.