Western GeoPower Corp.
TSX VENTURE : WGP
FRANKFURT : WE6

Western GeoPower Corp.

July 22, 2009 13:34 ET

Western GeoPower Announces Approval of Environmental Document and Conditional Use Permit

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - July 22, 2009) - Western GeoPower Corp. (TSX VENTURE:WGP) (FRANKFURT:WE6), a renewable energy company, today announced the achievement of two major regulatory milestones for the Western GeoPower Unit 1 project at The Geysers geothermal field in California, with the receipt of approvals for both the Environmental Document and the Conditional Use Permit.

The unanimous approvals were granted during a public hearing by the Sonoma County Board of Zoning Adjustments for the construction and development of a 38.5 Megawatt (gross) geothermal power plant, wellfield and steam gathering system at the Company's leasehold at The Geysers. Sonoma County is the Lead Agency under the California Environmental Quality Act for projects of under 50 Megawatts capacity being developed within the county.

"This is the first geothermal power plant to be permitted at The Geysers Geothermal Field in 21 years," said Sigrid Swedenborg, Sonoma County Land Use Planner for the project. "It is an exciting project for Sonoma County and meets our General Plan policies to promote renewable energy generation systems."

The power will be purchased, pursuant to a previously announced power purchase agreement, by the Northern California Power Agency, a non-profit joint powers agency that provides electricity generated from environmentally responsible sources to its member communities in Northern and Central California. The power will also help California reach the Renewable Portfolio Standard of supplying 20% of the State's power from renewable energy sources by 2010.

About Western GeoPower Corp.

Western GeoPower Corp. is a renewable energy company dedicated to the development of geothermal energy projects for the delivery of clean, sustainable, baseload electricity generation. The Company is developing The Western GeoPower Unit 1 geothermal power plant at The Geysers Geothermal Field in Sonoma County, California, United States; the South Brawley geothermal project in Imperial County, California, United States; and the South Meager geothermal project in British Columbia, Canada.

On behalf of the Board of Western GeoPower Corp

Kenneth MacLeod, President & CEO

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this press release contain forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws in Canada ("forward-looking information"). The words "anticipates", "believes", "budgets", "could", "estimates", "expects", "forecasts", "intends", "may", "might", "plans", "projects", "schedule", "should", "will", "would" and similar expressions are often intended to identify forward-looking information, although not all forward-looking information contains these identifying words.

The forward-looking information in this press release includes, but is not limited to: the power will be purchased, pursuant to a previously announced power purchase agreement, by the Northern California Power Agency, a non-profit joint powers agency that provides electricity generated from environmentally responsible sources to its member communities in Northern and Central California.

The forecasts and projections that make up the forward-looking information are based on assumptions which include, but are not limited to: the Company is not subjected to any material adverse events normally associated with exploration, development and production of natural resources; the Company is not subjected to additional governmental regulation and that political attitudes towards geothermal production does not change; the Company is able to remain in compliance with its debt obligations; the Company's resource estimates are accurate; the Company's insurance is adequate and that it does not incur any material uninsured liability; the Company is able to comply with environmental regulations; the Company has access to suitable infrastructure; no title defects affect the Company's properties; the Company receives necessary permits on acceptable terms; no material new competition; no significant fluctuation in currency exchange rates and interest rates; the Company is able to access additional capital; no material fluctuations in energy prices; continued access to the Company's key personnel; and, no conflicts of interest arise.

The forward-looking information is subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from historical results or results anticipated by the forward-looking information. The factors which could cause results to differ from current expectations include, but are not limited to: risks normally associated with exploration, development and production of natural resources; risks relating to government regulation; risks relating to indebtedness; risks relating to the reliability of resource estimates; no history of geothermal production; insurance and uninsured risks; environmental risks and hazards; lack of access to required infrastructure; land title defects; risks relating to obtaining permits on acceptable terms; competition; fluctuations in currency exchange rates and interest rates; risks relating to raising additional capital; fluctuations in energy prices; reliance on key personnel; conflicts of interest; and, other risks described in the Company's Management Discussion & Analysis and other continuous disclosure documents.

All forward-looking information in this press release is qualified in its entirety by this cautionary statement and, except as may be required by law, the Company undertakes no obligation to revise or update any forward-looking information as a result of new information, future events or otherwise after the date hereof.

The TSX Venture Exchange does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

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