U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Federal Energy Management Program
Geothermal Power Continues to Grow Rapidly in 2006
November 15, 2006
Roughly 58 new geothermal energy projects are now under development in
the United States, according to a new survey from the Geothermal
Energy Association (GEA). Compared to a March survey by GEA, the new
survey adds a dozen new geothermal energy projects and adds Alaska to
the list of states producing geothermal power. The new GEA survey
identifies power projects under development in Alaska, Arizona,
California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, and Utah. See
the GEA press release
(PDF 50 KB).
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Among the efforts currently underway is a project to build a
25.5-megawatt geothermal plant at The Geysers geothermal field,
located 75 miles north of San Francisco, California. Western GeoPower
Corporation announced in mid-October that a feasibility study supports
building a 25.5-megawatt plant on the site, which is the former
location of a 62-megawatt geothermal plant owned by Pacific Gas &
Electric Company. Western GeoPower aims to begin drilling at the site
early next year and hopes to start developing the power plant in
mid-2008. See the
Western GeoPower press release.