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Sep 24

Silver State Dishing Out Golden Geothermal Power

Posted in Energy Industry | Environment and Sustainability | Geothermal Energy

Nevada Nevada is poised to lead in producing energy from geothermal heat sources in the entire US. Presently playing second fiddle to California, the day is not far off when it will overtake California in converting geothermal heat into electricity. Nevada is experiencing a rush of developers who have already companies producing power or with projects under development. Projects by people like Enel Green Power and Nevada Geothermal Power are fast putting the state on the road. Veterans and newbie’s vie with each other to start production.

Happening state:

Nevada has become a place where exciting things are happening. Mr. Karl Gawell, Executive Director, Geothermal Energy Association says, “Not only is the state doing well in terms of new projects under development, but utilities in Nevada have also learned to work with geothermal.”

Taking baby steps

Nevada is taking baby steps today to utilize the bounty of nature to the maximum. No doubt California still remains the top producer of power from geothermal heat with producing 2,500 megawatts. But Nevada is still only in the developing stage but the target is to surpass the golden state!

Projects on the anvil:

Considering the number of projects that are busy converting the geothermal heat to power, Nevada has been rightly acclaimed as the state with maximum number of geothermal plants under development. The 86 odd projects are gearing up to boost the capacity hypothetically by about 3686 megawatts maximum even exceeding the total need of US.

Better infrastructure – Nevada’s advantage:

Along with Mother Nature’s bounty with geothermal resources, the silver state has other advantages like well-informed and well-trained work force. The other attraction is the state’s decision to propose leasing the land through Bureau of Land Management. This has encouraged many to stake a claim.

California’s challenges – Nevada’s gain:

Some challenges like difficulty in power transmission, and stricter regulations that are present in California have made investment in Nevada look very advantageous. As Mr. Gawell said, “California has a lot of untapped resources, but it’s very difficult to develop anything there.”

A long way to go:

But there are enough challenges at hand for the pioneers who are trying to reap the geothermal boom. Geothermal energy conversion is a relatively new and still to be perfected science. Technology is yet to be mastered. Finding the exact site is more a wild guess rather than estimated and calculated certainty.

Future prospects:

Independently as per Geothermal Energy Association, Nevada has the potential to produce geothermal energy next only to Japan which is the eighth largest producer. Nevada alone is capable of producing 13% energy needs of the US. In future, it will certainly take up the position as US’ top producer of geothermal energy.

  • sheckyvegas

    That’s my state.
    Yeah, we bad, we bad….

  • styke

    I love to hear this.

  • Tobias Schunck

    Nevada would be the place for massive solar energy as well. Unfortunately, the ultra-conservative ruling elite has prevented the incredible solar potential from being used by throwing up every imaginable obstacle.

  • Tobias Schunck

    And where is the water going to come from for these projects?

  • Ralph

    Great. Three cheers for the power companies!!

    What about the average consumer in Nevada? Where is the rooftop solar? Where is the economic benefit flowing back into the economy? How many rooftops have solar or wind working for them in a state that gets more sunshine than most? What are the percentages?
    How many electric cars using solar canopies are there? How many people with electric cars can visit Nevada businesses?

    We don’t need another monopoly controlling our energy costs. Get these resources out to the consumer. The “city of lights” has been somewhat darkened by the loss of jobs, and the overall condition of the economy, as they sit in the middle of a virtual sunshine/wind gold mine.

    We need federal assistance and an aggressive feed in tariff based on consumer development. Quit funding sources of power that allow the monopolies to maintain control of pricing. Quit trying to allow them to meter the sun.

    Sorry, thats just the way I feel about it.

  • http://recycled-bus-cabin-greenhouse.com/ Joe Wilder

    From what I’ve been reading, geothermal plants re-use the water in their system, so water would have to be provided initially, but wouldn’t require much after that. One way or the other most of our energy needs will eventually be met with electricity. For transportation, we may use batteries, hydrogen, or zinc but they all depend on electricity to sustain them. Whatever the cost, if we can replace our imported oil with domestically produced energy it’s going to be worth it.


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