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Wednesday 22 July, 2009

Western GeoPower Corp.

WESTERN GEOPOWER ANNOUNCES APPROVAL OF ENVIRONM...



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                            NEWS RELEASE


DATE:  July 22, 2009 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE



TRADING SYMBOLS: TSX-V (CANADA): WGP.V FRANKFURT: WE6.F


WESTERN GEOPOWER ANNOUNCES

 APPROVAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL DOCUMENT AND CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT


VANCOUVER, Canada,  July  22,  2009,  TSX  Venture  Exchange  Trading
Symbol: WGP -  Western GeoPower  Corp., 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"
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.

For more information or to be put on our email list, please contact
Nicole Robson - Marketing and Media: Office (604) 662-3338 or
US/Canada Toll Free: 1-866-662-3322, email: [email protected] Investor
Relations: [email protected]


 
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Western GeoPower Corp.
837 West Hastings Street Suite 411 Vancouver, 
BC<br>V6C 3N6 Canada

WKN: 254049; ISIN: CA95827Q1037; 
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