Renewables

Geothermal energy growth surge continues

14 January 2008 — A survey released by the Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) identified a growing number of new geothermal power projects across the country. These projects, when developed, would provide up to 3,368 MW of new electric power capacity, more than doubling U.S. geothermal power capacity from 2,936 MW to almost 6,304 MW. New projects are underway in Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

The January 2008 results by state are: (State: Number of Geothermal Projects/Megawatts) Alaska: 3/33-80 MW; Arizona: 2/2-20 MW; California: 18/683.2-1133.2 MW; Hawaii: 2/30 MW; Idaho: 5/251-326 MW; Nevada: 40/1046-1321 MW; New Mexico: 2/21MW; Oregon: 7/128.4-213.4 MW; Texas: Lease Sale Completed; Utah: 4/191.6-224 MW; Washington: 2/unspecified; Wyoming: 1/0.2 MW. Total: 86 geothermal projects; 2386.4-3368.8 MW.

The full text of the Geothermal Production and Development Update January 16 2008 is being made available on the GEA web site at: http://www.geo-energy.org/ on January 16, 2008.