Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley to Visit Surprise Valley Electrification Corp. Project Site
August 23, 2011
DOE’s Geothermal Technologies
Program, with support from DOE’s national laboratories, conducts research,
development and demonstration projects throughout the United States on
low-temperature geothermal resources.
Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon will be stopping by our ARRA Low-Temperature project, Surprise Valley Electrification Corp., this Sunday, August 28, 2011, for a brief site visit.
About Surprise Valley Electrification Corp.
Surprise Valley Electric Cooperative (SVEC) was awarded a
DOE Geothermal Technologies Program Recovery Act award to develop a geothermal
resource in Paisley, Oregon for the benefit of its rural electric cooperative
members. DOE is contributing $2M towards
their $9.4M total project budget, which includes geologic characterization of
the resource, drilling, flow testing, power plant selection, power plant
installation, transmission upgrade, power integration into the SVEC grid, and
the enabling of a secondary use of the geothermal resource for aquaculture on
the operating ranch. As of August 2011,
SVEC has made substantial progress on drilling of their production and
injection wells at the project site, and preliminary indications show promising
results in terms of temperature on their production well. Following completion and flow testing of the
wells, SVEC plans to size and design power plant appropriate for the geothermal
resource. This project is one of the
first of its kind in the contiguous United States, and could serve as a model
for other rural electric cooperatives.
Geothermal Technologies Program Surprise Valley Electrification Corp. project list