The first thing you notice is the smell. It sneaks up, overwhelming the senses. The acrid odor is immediately identifiable as sulfur — a familiar, yet still unpleasant, scent of rotting eggs.
That stench stems from the four Northern California Power Agency geothermal power plants located in an area called The Geysers. The plant continuously supplies Lodi with 12 megawatts of renewable energy, which is about a tenth of the city's needs during a 90-degree day, or a quarter of the city's nighttime use.