U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Geothermal Technologies Office
Nevada's Beowawe Geothermal Plant Begins Generating Clean Energy
April 20, 2011
Secretary Highlights Completion of First Recovery Act-Funded Geothermal Plant
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Energy Secretary
Steven Chu issued the following statement today on the unveiling of the Beowawe
Geothermal Plant in Eastern Nevada. This is the first geothermal project funded
under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to start generating power.
is helping lead the way in securing America's clean energy future. This is the
first Recovery Act-funded geothermal project to start generating power in the
country and shows the great environmental and economic potential of this clean,
reliable, domestic energy resource," said Secretary Chu. "Projects like
this one are playing an important role in helping to meet President Obama's
goal of doubling the country's clean energy resources over the next 25 years."
new low-temperature, binary cycle plant uses waste heat from the geothermal
brine of an existing geothermal plant at the facility. The new plant will add
approximately 2 megawatts of clean renewable energy capacity to the existing
plant's nameplate capacity of approximately 17.7 megawatts
by Terra-Gen Power and TAS Energy, the project was funded in part by a $2
million Recovery Act grant from DOE's Geothermal Technologies Program. The
Recovery Act funding leveraged an additional $4 million in private sector
investments to support the project, which employed approximately 20 people to
construct last year.
U.S. Department of Energy's Geothermal Technologies Program partners with
industry, academia and national laboratories to develop and validate
cost-competitive technologies and tools that accelerate growth of the U.S.
geothermal market and to establish the technical and economic feasibility of
enhanced geothermal systems.