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- 25 Nuclear Power Plants Could Be Replaced By Geothermal In Japan
December 22, 2012 - Jake Richardson - cleantechnica.com
Stefan Larus Stefansson, Iceland’s ambassador to Japan, recently gave a lecture in Tokyo about the very high geothermal potential in Japan. He said that if Japan were to invest in fully realizing its geothermal potential, the country could replace 25 nuclear reactors.
- Kenya Steps Up Geothermal Power
Oct 3, 2012 - trust.org
Kenya has inaugurated Africa’s biggest geothermal power project in a bid to meet its growing need for electricity and lower its consumption of nonrenewable energy.
- GEA National Geothermal Summit to address challenges in advancing geothermal industry in California and beyond
Jul 26, 2012 - renewableenergyworld.com
As California is in the midst of policy decisions that will determine its energy future, the GEA National Geothermal Summit will bring policy and industry leaders together in Sacramento Aug. 7-8.
- CNPV celebrates Enel Green Power's solar geothermal hybrid project completion in Nevada
Jun 6, 2012 - Syanne Olson - pv-tech.org
CNPV Solar Power executives were on hand, May 2, at Enel Green Power’s inauguration ceremony for its solar geothermal hybrid project in Stillwater, Nevada. CNPV supplied its PV modules for the project, which has 33MW of geothermal capacity and 26MW of solar capacity. Initiated and owned by Enel Green Power, the project is said to be the world’s first and only geothermal hybrid project.
- MOU Signed with Iceland for Geothermal Advancement; Geo Could Meet 20% of UK Power Needs
Jun 6, 2012 - Leslie Blodgett - renewableenergyworld.com
Energy Minister Charles Hendry of the United Kingdom and Iceland's Finance Minister Oddny Haroardottir signed a memorandum of understanding in late May to explore options in bilateral energy affairs, including an electricity connection as well as information-sharing on deep geothermal development.
- USGS assesses tremendous geothermal potential for the western U.S.
Mar 15, 2012 - lxrichter - thinkgeoenergy.com
Reported by the Arizona Geological Society, there is a large potential for geothermal energy in the Western United States.
- Solar, wind and geothermal power seen solution to energy crisis
Feb 2, 2012 - Nisar Mahmood - thenews.com.pk
PESHAWAR: After hydroelectricity, the solar, wind and geothermal power is the best alternative for thermal power to overcome the deepening energy crisis in the country, said experts at a seminar here on Sunday.
- Geothermal Power Plants Could Help Produce Lithium for Electric Cars
Oct 20, 2011 - David Biello - scientificamerican.com
A new process aims to extract lithium from the brines used to generate electricity in a geothermal power plant
- IEA urges more use of geothermal energy
Sept. 16, 2011 - upi.com
VIENNA, Tapping into geothermal energy could allay some climate concerns though not without better regulatory mechanisms, the IEA said from Vienna.
- World's Longest Sub-Sea Electric Cable Could Bring Iceland's Geothermal Energy to Europe
May 01, 2011 - Harry Tournemille - energyboom.com
Exploring the viability of submarine cables to transmit energy is not a novel idea. Back in 2002, Landsvirkjun commissioned feasibility studieson whether or not the submerged cables could be used. The studies were underway in 2010, and Landsvirkjun's then managing director,Hördur Arnarson was quick to point out that research had been underway since the 1980's, with feasability being acknowledged as early as 1995.
- Geothermal Pipeline Still Growing
Apr 27, 2011 - Bill Opalka - renewablesbiz.com
Industry continues regional expansion
- Geothermal is Hot for Developing Countries
Mar 27, 2011 - pro.energycentral.com
Renewable energy is growing in demand; solar, wind, and biomass sources are acclaimed as the way to a greener future. For certain developing countries however, geothermal might be an even more promising option to displace fossil fuels and achieve energy independence.
- Global Geothermal Power Capacity Could Increase 134% by 2020
Mar 12, 2011 - SustainableBusiness.com
Under the high-growth scenario, capacity would increase from 10.7 gigawatts (GW) to 25.1 GW by 2020. Under a more conservative business-as-usual forecast scenario, the cleantech market intelligence firm estimates that geothermal power capacity would increase 34% to 14.3 GW by 2020.
- Iceland Volcano Drilling Suggests Magma Could Become Source of High-Grade
Feb 27, 2011 - ScienceDaily.com
Geologists drilling an exploratory geothermal well in 2009 in the Krafla volcano in Iceland encountered a problem they were simply unprepared for: magma (molten rock or lava underground) which flowed unexpectedly into the well at 2.1 kilometers (6,900 ft) depth, forcing the researchers to terminate the drilling.
Commissions 15MW Geothermal Plant in Nevada
Feb 08, 2011 - BrighterEnergy.org
Geothermal power company Ormat Technologies said yesterday it has commissioned a 15MW facility in the north of its home state of Nevada.
Bill has Put Almost 8 GW of Geothermal Energy on US Grid
Nov 05, 2010 - Alternative Energy Newswire
The geothermal industry has begun an unprecedented expansion starting this year, as a record 7, 875 MW of geothermal projects broke ground, the Geothermal Market Update reports this week.
- Iceland exporting geothermal expertise
Oct 20, 2010 - UPI
Iceland's economy, on the rocks since the bank collapse of 2008, has one bright spot, experts say -- the country is making money off of geothermal energy.
St. Lucia: Volcanic island seeks geothermal power
Aug 6, 2010 - David Mc Fadden - Associated Press
The volcanic island of St. Lucia plans to tap geothermal power trapped beneath sulfur springs and roiling mud pools in a rare attempt at developing alternative energy sources in the Caribbean.
- Sri Lanka mulls geo-thermal energy potential
Jul 12, 2010 - AsiaPulse
Sri Lanka intends to tap its geo-thermal energy potential and is reviewing its power generation plan to give more emphasis to renewable energy sources, the island's power minister said.
- Geothermal Companies Vie for African Development Contracts
Jun 22, 2010 - Lauren Poole - renewableenergyworld.com
East Africa is famous for its national parks like the Serengeti, the continent's highest mountain Kilimanjaro, and its exceptional safaris, but now it's being celebrated by energy companies for its geothermal resources.
- US Maintains Geothermal Power Lead; Germany Fastest Growing, New Industry Report Concludes
May 25, 2010 - renewableenergyworld.com
Geothermal power is growing rapidly across the globe, according to a new report by the Geothermal Energy Association (GEA).
- Geothermal Energy Powering 52 Million Worldwide
May 21, 2010 - Business Wire
Geothermal power is growing rapidly across the globe according to a new report by the Geothermal Energy Association (GEA). The Geothermal Energy: International Market Update, released today at their Global Geothermal Showcase and Forum in Washington, D.C., reports that 24 countries increased power online by 20% since an International Geothermal Association report in 2005. With over 10,000 MW installed, geothermal power is providing electricity worldwide to over 52 million people.
- Geothermal Grows 26% in 2009
Apr 13, 2010 - Geothermal Energy Association
The US geothermal power industry continued strong growth in 2009, according to a new report by the Geothermal Energy Association (GEA).
- Ore. town uses geothermal energy to stay warm
Mar 20, 2010 - Jeff Barnard - Associated Press
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – When snow falls on this downtown of brick buildings and glass storefronts in southern Oregon, it piles up everywhere but the sidewalks. It's the first sign that this timber and ranching town is like few others.
- Indonesia to double geothermal capacity
Mar 17, 2010 - renewableenergyfocus.com
A new climate investment fund plan will double the capacity of geothermal energy in Indonesia.
- Geothermal Firm on Course to Supply 280 MW
Mar 15, 2010 - The Nation - All Africa Global Media
Kenya's Geothermal Development Company (GDC) is drilling for steam which will be used to generate an additional 280 MW to the national grid, the east African nation's energy minister said on Monday.
- Geothermal Power: 6,442MW Under Development in 14 States
Jan 27, 2010 - SustainableBusiness.com News
The United States continues to lead the world in geothermal energy capacity and growth, the Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) said this week in a report that details gains and milestones over the past year.
Energy on Launch Trajectory in 2009
Dec 14, 2009 - Karl Gawell and Leslie Blodgett - geo-energy.org
In 2009, geothermal energy appeared to be on a launch trajectory. Six new geothermal plants came on line in the United States and another 144 were under development, raising the prospects of 10 GW of geothermal power in coming years. Geothermal power projects were being developed at an accelerating rate, despite the economic recession.
stop pioneering geothermal project
Dec 10, 2009 - Associated Press
Switzerland has ended a pioneering geothermal project, authorities said Thursday, three years after the deep drilling into the ground caused a series of earthquakes, scaring residents of the northwestern city of Basel.
is one of the world's leading geothermal cities
Dec 10, 2009 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Cynthia Sewell The Idaho Statesma
This week world leaders gathering in Copenhagen for the United Nations Climate Change Conference are feeling the geothermal heat that is part of the energy solution for Copenhagen and for cities and countries around the world. In fact, Copenhagen could meet 50 percent of its district heating needs by using its geothermal resources.
Of Energy Awards $338 Million To Accelerate Domestic Geothermal Energy
Oct 29, 2009 - The Associated Press
U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced up to $338 million in Recovery Act funding for the exploration and development of new geothermal fields and research into advanced geothermal technologies. These grants will support 123 projects in 39 states, with recipients including private industry, academic institutions, tribal entities, local governments, and DOE's National Laboratories. The grants will be matched more than one-for-one with an additional $353 million in private and non-Federal cost-share funds.
committed to Geothermal Energy development in the U.S
Oct 6, 2009 - Russell - IceNews
According to the third annual U.S. Geothermal Energy Market Report issued by Islandsbanki (formerly Glitnir), there are around 144 geothermal energy projects in development in the United States today.
Power Could Top 10 Gigawatts, New Industry Report Shows
Sep 29, 2009 - RenewableEnergyWorld.com
Washington, DC - A new report by the Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) shows strong growth in new geothermal power projects continuing through 2009. U.S. Geothermal Power Production and Development Update, September 2009 identifies 144 new geothermal projects under development in fourteen states that could represent as much as 7,100 MW of new baseload power capacity. When added to the 3,100 MW of existing capacity, 10 Gigawatts of geothermal power appears to be feasible.
has great potential as renewable energy source: Iceland FM
Sep 26, 2009 - Xinhua
Iceland's Foreign Minister Ossur Skarphedinsson said Saturday that geothermal has a great potential as a renewable energy source in many parts of the world.
A Geothermal Pump That Can Handle the Heat
Aug 27, 2009 - Phil Taylor - Scientific American
What will it take to develop a geothermal pump that can operate miles underground in 430-degree-Fahrenheit fluids while maintaining a steady 750 horsepower?
Cheap Clean Energy, Go Geothermal, Study Says
July 16, 2009 - Jeff St. Johns - greentechnmedia.com
An NYU Stern study says geothermal energy is the cheapest renewable energy out there, and could compete with coal with about $3.3 billion in government research funding.
utility PLN to build several geothermal power plants
Apr 17, 2009 -- Asia In Focus
JAKARTA - Indonesia's state-owned power utility company PLN will build a number of geothermal power plants (PLTPs) in the second phase of its 10,000-MW capacity development program, a PLN executive said.
Solar and Geothermal Cheaper than Coal and Nuclear
Apr 11, 2009 - Steart Taggart - Deseretec - Australia
The average Australian household could pay up to 30% more per year by 2025 for electricity generated from coal and nuclear power than from concentrating solar and hot dry rock geothermal power, according to DESERTEC-Australia.
of Geothermal Energy Production and Use
April 8, 2009 - Leslie Blodgett & Kara Slack -energypulse.net
Geothermal energy is defined as heat from the Earth. It is a clean, renewable resource that provides energy in the U.S. and around the world in a variety of applications and resources. Although areas with telltale signs like hot springs are more obvious and are often the first places geothermal resources are used, the heat of the earth is available everywhere, and we are learning to use it in a broader diversity of circumstances. The heat continuously flowing from the Earth's interior, which travels primarily by conduction, is estimated to be equivalent to 42 million megawatts (MW) of power, and is expected to remain so for billions of years to come, ensuring an inexhaustible supply of energy.
U.S. Entities Move Quickly on Geothermal Mapping
Apr 1, 2009 - Charles W. Thurston - RenewableEnergyWorld.com
Several large geothermal resource mapping projects are heading toward conclusion so that finally, the power source can be more accurately considered in siting new electricity transmission lines for renewable power development.
Geothermal Power Production and Development Update
March, 2009 - Geothermal Energy Association
The United States leads the world in online capacity of geothermal energy and continues to be one of the principal countries to increase its geothermal growth. Further, in 2007 geothermal energy accounted for 4 % of renewable energy-based electricity consumption in the United States.1 As of March 2008, geothermal electric power generation is occurring in eight U.S. states: Alaska, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. Other states, such as Oregon and Colorado, are soon to be added to the list.
Pipeline Reaches Historic Levels: New EER Study Analyzes Market Development to
Mar 26, 2009 - Emerging Energy Research
The global geothermal pipeline now exceeds 9,000 MW of projects under development –which, if executed to completion, will nearly double the installed global geothermal capacity of 10,500 MW built up over the past 30 years. Currently, there are over 215 commercial geothermal projects operating in 24 countries.
Geothermal the Next Hot Energy Source?
Mar 1, 2009 - Marin Katusa - seekingalpha.com
Practically every major source of power generation in the world involves the production of heat, which eventually becomes the electricity that we use. Nuclear, coal, natural gas – the direct end result of all of these processes is heat, which is usually then transferred to water. This water is then turned into steam, which drives the turbines that give us our electrical end product.
govt to offer 15 geothermal power projects
Feb 17, 2009 - AsiaPulse
Tenders will be held soon for development of 15 geothermal fields expected to generate a total of 1,500 megawatt of electricity, the Indonesian energy and mineral resources ministry said.
Geothermal Power: Wreating Energy from Hot Rocks - One Kilowatt at a Time[slide
Feb 17, 2009 - Elitan Haddok and David Biello - Scientific American
The enhanced system at Soultz in France is the first such artificial geothermal power plant.
Guide to Geothermal Energy Available To Download Free!
Feb 15, 2009 - RenewableEnrgyWorld.com
Washington DC - If you have questions about geothermal energy, the Geothermal Energy Association has issued a new report that will provide you with answers. Geothermal 101: Basics of Geothermal Energy Production and Use, edited by Leslie Blodgett and Kara Slack of GEA, covers the essentials of geothermal energy from electric power to residential heat pumps. "Whether you are an educator, student, policymaker, or industry specialist, this report will serve as a guide for your geothermal education," noted Leslie Blodgett, co-editor of the report.
Technologies Secures a $65 Million Contract for a New Geothermal Power Plant in
Jan. 21, 2009 - /PRNewswire-FirstCall/
Reno, Nev. - Ormat Technologies, Inc. today announced that it has signed a contract with Banco Centroamericano de Integracion Economica ("BCIE") for the supply, supervision of installation, start-up and testing of Las Pailas Geothermal Plant, a new geothermal power plant that is to be constructed in Las Pailas Field, Costa Rica.
Energy Bringing Millions of New Dollars to Federal, State, and Local Governments,
Industry Report Concludes
Jan. 15, 2009 - /PRNewswire-USNewswire/
WASHINGTON - According to a new report issued today by the Geothermal Energy Association (GEA), changes made in 2005 to federal geothermal leasing laws are bringing in millions of new and additional dollars to federal, state, and county government coffers. In just two years, FY 2007 and FY 2008, $82 million in new revenues were generated by geothermal activities, according to GEA.
Power to set up geothermal, solar plants in Gujarat
Jan 12, 2009 -- Asia Pulse Data Source
Tata Group company Tata Power today said it is looking at the possibility of setting up a geothermal power plant and a solar power plant of 5 MW each at a suitable location in Gujarat, a move that will strengthen the renewable energy portfolio of the company.
startup hits geothermal jackpot
Dec 24, 2009 - Paul Foy - The Associated Press
PROVO, Utah ( AP Business Writer Printer Friendly Within six months of discovering a massive geothermal field, a small Utah company had erected and fired up a power plant - just one example of the speed with which companies are capitalizing on state mandates for alternative energy.
Prospect - Geothermal Electricity in East African Rift Valley
Dec 11, 2008 - UNEP - ins/news/net
A century-old energy technology that taps steam from hot underground rocks is poised for a massive expansion up East Africa's Rift Valley in the 21st century. The news comes as countries across the world, from Guatemala to Papua New Guinea, are beginning to plug into geothermal energy as a new and promising alternative to coal and oil-fired power generation. Last Tuesday, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) announced the completion of project testing advanced seismic and drilling techniques in Kenya that has exceeded all expectations.
Island geothermal celebrates 15 years
Dec 11, 2008 - The Associated Press
KAPOHO, Hawaii - Geothermal Venture marked 15 years in business today.
plans to boost geothermal production tenfold
Oct 28, 2008 - Andrew Donoghue - BusinessGreen
More than 12 million US households could be powered by underground heat by 2025
Key to Local Power Needs
Oct 9, 2008 - The Nation/All Africa Global Media
Kenya's huge potential in geothermal energy remains untapped even as the country grapples with high electricity costs.
Study shows geothermal potential
Oct 8, 2008 - John G. Edwards - Las Vegas Review-Journal - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News
The United States is bubbling with geothermal resources, a new study shows, and Nevada may reap the benefits.
partner to pioneer enhanced geothermal energy
Sep 3, 2009 - Tom Young - BusinessGreen
The US Department of Energy (DOE) has announced it is partnering with Australia and Iceland to develop new enhanced geothermal systems (EGS) that some advocates claim could one day generate enough power to meet all the world's energy needs.
- Australian "hot rocks"
offer 26,000 yrs of power
Aug 20, 2008 - Michael Perry - Reuters
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Barely one percent of Australia's untapped geothermal energy could produce 26,000 years worth of clean electricity, scientists said, as the government announced a A$50 million (US$43 million) project to help develop the technology.
Energy Growth Continues, Industry Survey Reports
Aug 7 - RenewableEnergyWorld.com
Washington, DC - A survey released by the Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) shows continued growth in the number of new geothermal power projects under development in the United States, a 20% increase since January of this year. The report identified 103 projects underway in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. When developed, these projects could provide nearly 4,000 MW of new electric power, enough electricity to meet the needs of roughly 4 million homes.
sells record $28.2M geothermal leases in Nev.
Aug 6, 2008 - The Association Press
Federal land managers sold a record $28.2 million in geothermal leases in eight northern Nevada counties this week, including one parcel where the rights to produce energy from hot water and steam beneath the earth sold for $1,000 per acre.
Energy Could End Power Crisis - World Bank
Apr 22, 2008 - Rwanda News - All Africa Global Media
Rwanda should seriously consider exploration of geothermal resources because available data indicates significant potential that could solve the energy crisis and electrify the whole country, according to a new World Bank study.
Geothermal Potential Enough to Meet 14 Pct of Energy Need
Jan 17, 2008 - Xinhua News Agency - CEIS
Turkey's geothermal potential can easily meet 14 percent of Turkey's heating and electricity need, the semi-official Anatolia news agency reported on Wednesday.
First Geothermal Power Plant is Now Online
Jan 9, 2008 - EERE Network News
U.S. Geothermal Inc. achieved commercial operation last week at its new geothermal power plant in Raft River, Idaho, making it the first commercial geothermal power plant in the state. Ormat Nevada built the power plant, which began producing power during a test phase in late October 2007. After some mechanical tweaks, the plant was restarted on November 22, 2007, and has continued to produce power since then. As a result, Idaho Power Company declared that commercial power operations began on January 3. So far, the plant output is around 9 megawatts, but the company expects the plant to achieve an average annual net power output of 13 megawatts. The company currently has a contract to sell Idaho Power Company up to 10 megawatts of geothermal power, but is in the process of trying to renegotiate that contract for the full output of the geothermal power plant.
to open geothermal power plant in 2009
Dec 18, 2007 - BBC Monitoring
The head of the country's new energies [institution] has said that the construction project of the geothermal power plant in Meshkinshahr would be completed by the end of next year [21 March 2009].
Energy Company of India to Establish Geothermal Energy in India and Nepal
Nov 27, 2007 - Market Wire
Glitnir, the Nordic corporate investment bank, and LNJ Bhilwara Group with operations in India and Nepal has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate in developing geothermal power plants in India and Nepal. This MoU has been signed during the visit of the Finance Minister of Iceland on invitation from Finance Minister of India. The finance minister of Iceland H.E. Arni Mathiesen is on an official visit with a business delegation focused on Energy development in India.
Geothermal Announces Large Generation Interconnection Agreement Signed With Sierra
Pacific Power Company for Up to 75 MW
Nov 19, 2007 - MarketWire
Nevada Geothermal Power Inc. (NGP) (TSX VENTURE: NGP)(OTCBB: NGLPF) today announced that the Company has executed a Large Generator Interconnection Agreement (LGIA) with Sierra Pacific Power Company (SPPC). The LGIA covers up to 75 MW of new electric generation in two phases from the Blue Mountain Geothermal resource. The Agreement was the culmination of SPPC engineering studies which determined that interconnection to SPPC's electrical transmission grid was feasible and subsequent contract negotiations with NGP. The LGIA costs and schedule are in line with NGP's plans for the Blue Mountain Project and allows NGP to continue with development of Phase I and planning of Phase II power projects.
Co to invest US$2 BLN in Indonesian Geothermal project
Oct 24, 2007 - AsiaPulse
Reykjavik Energy Invest (REI) will team up with Indonesian state oil and gas company PT Pertamina to build a 500-megawatt geothermal power plant with an investment of US$2 billion in Indonesia.
expands geothermal operations in Indonesia
Aug 13, 2007 - The Associated Press
JAKARTA, Indonesia: Chevron Corp., the only foreign business currently developing geothermal energy in Indonesia, is expanding operations at one of its power plants on Java island to bring electricity to an additional 700,000 homes, the company said Tuesday.
for geothermal, other renewable energies
Aug 4, 2007 - The Associated Press
Hot rock heat mining could provide energy at competitive prices, according to a recent study by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
geothermal project comes up with encouraging results
Jul 23, 2007 - Xinhua
A geothermal project built in Dubti and Tendaho areas of north Ethiopia's Afar State, has come up with encouraging results, the Ministry of Mines and Energy said Monday.
Foreign Engineers Become Geothermal Energy Experts
Jun 20, 2007 - IPS/GIN
REYKJAVIK, Iceland, Icelandic leaders say they are eager to teach the rest of the world a trick they discovered years ago: a strategy for harvesting geothermal energy from hot rocks beneath the earth's surface.
Community Embraces Geothermal Energy
May 11, 2007 - renewableenergyaccess.com
Update from GEA assesses progress in geothermal development since 2005. A 2007 interim report from the U.S. Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) estimates that total geothermal capacity online could increase more than 55 percent worldwide, from 8661 megawatts (MW) in 2000 to 13,500 MW or more in 2010.
to bring hot rock power to Australian grid by 2010
Apr 13, 2007 - Datamonitor
Australian company Geodynamics, which is engaged in exploring hot fractured rock geothermal energy, has reviewed its resource position and has accordingly brought forward its plans to deliver its first power from hot rocks onto the Australian power grid.
Edison Expands Renewable Energy Partnership with Calpine
Apr 13, 2007 - The Associated Press
Southern California Edison (SCE), the nation's leading purchaser of renewable energy, has reached agreement with renewable energy generator Calpine to purchase 225 megawatt (MW) of geothermal energy, enough electricity to power 130,000 average homes. The generation would come from Calpine's Geysers facilities in California's Sonoma and Lake counties.
Geothermal energy could meet large part of U.S. power need
Jan 23, 2007 - The Associated Press
The nation could generate a large part of the electricity it will need in the future by tapping the enormous amounts of heat energy locked up in hard rock below the earth's surface, a new Massachusetts Institute of Technology-led study indicated Monday.
geothermal power plan
Nov 30, 2006 - Dominion Post
State power firm Mighty River Power (in New Zealand) has announced plans to develop more than $1 billion of geothermal power plants in the next 10 years.
Energy to Play Vital Role in New Zealand's Future
Nov 30, 2006 - Kawerau, New Zealand - RenewableEnergyAccess.com
Construction on a 90-megawatt (MW), $275 million geothermal power plant in New Zealand is finally underway this week after four years of cumulative planning. The new power station, located in Kawerau in the eastern Bay of Plenty, will be the largest geothermal power development in New Zealand in over 20 years -- and is expected to produce more energy annually than all of the country's existing wind turbines, said Mighty River Power Chief Executive Doug Heffernan.
prospectors seek energy in Idaho, the West
Nov 25, 2006 - John Miller - AP
Barnes now returns to the geothermal area daily - not to roast pinions, but as a roughneck on a drilling crew boring 6,000 feet into the earth. Come next October, his employer, U.S. Geothermal, expects to begin producing electricity from a hot-water-fired power plant. Utility Idaho Power Co. has agreed to buy enough electricity to light 7,500 homes.
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