New geothermal energy plant could come to the Salton Sea

Hopes could be raised for Salton Sea green energy advocates and those who support the lake’s restoration. Controlled Thermal Resources (CTR), a multi-faceted Electricity Generation and Mineral Extraction Corporation, is interested in developing a huge geothermal energy plant by the Salton Sea; the shallow, saline, endorheic rift lake that sits on the San Andreas Fault and is mostly located in California’s Coachella and Imperial Valleys. The lake is home to one of world’s strongest geothermal reservoirs and the development of more renewable resources in the area is welcome by many…

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Greenhouse powered by geothermal energy produces fresh fruit year-round in Nebraska

A Nebraskan entrepreneur has designed a greenhouse that runs all year long using geothermal power. Russ Finch, an entrepreneur, engineer and retired mailman who lives in Nebraska, has designed and developed a greenhouse that is powered by geothermal energy and can operate 12 months out of the year on Nebraska’s Northern High Plains. Finch’s greenhouse is unique, not only because it runs on renewable power and can grow citrus fruit (and other produce) year-round but, because the U.S. state is known for its bad weather, which has resulted in a…

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Second phase of geothermal energy plant goes online in Nevada

Ormat Technologies Inc. announced that the second phase of its geothermal power facility is now up and running. The large American geothermal energy corporation based in Reno, Nevada said last Thursday that commercial operations began for the second phase of its Don A Campbell geothermal power plant. The plant is located in Mineral County, Nevada, and the second phase has doubled the capacity of the geothermal complex. The renewable energy plant is anticipated to generate 19 MW annually. On average, the Don A Campbell plant is expected to produce 19…

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Largest U.S. geothermal energy community to be constructed in Kentucky

Norton Commons announced the construction of the biggest geothermal residential community in America. The 600-acre development of more than 850 single-family homes and 50 businesses in northeast Jefferson County in Louisville, Kentucky, known as Norton Commons, recently announced its plans to build what it says will be the biggest 100% geothermal energy residential community in the United Sates. Geothermal heating and cooling will be constructed inside Norton Commons’ North Village community. Eventually, the North Village community will have around 1,800 lots. The 100% geothermal residential community will provide homeowners with…

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Geothermal energy may be possible at Mount Baker

Geothermal exploration and development could occur in popular forest region. The Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, one of America’s most well known forest areas located in Washington State, east of Seattle, is considering the idea of permitting the exploration and development of geothermal energy on federal lands and is seeking comment from the public about the idea. An unnamed company is interested in leasing acreage around the volcano. Geothermal power has already found success in California, Nevada and other US states, providing clean energy for millions of people. As such, the…

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Geothermal Energy is Underrated

Geothermal energy has been seeing strong growth in recent years, but much of this growth is going uncelebrated. This form of renewable energy is not often considered to be as attractive as solar and wind power. In some cases, even hydrogen fuel cell receive more attention than geothermal power. The inherent energy of the planet holds a great deal of promise, however, especially as fossil-fuels become less favorable. Last year, global geothermal energy capacity reached 12,000 megawatts, growing 3% from what it had been in 2012. This represented the greatest…

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Geothermal energy facilities could be a source of lithium

The brine in the wastewater from geothermal plants could be used for creating the alkali metal. Mining lithium from geothermal energy plants is a clever idea that comes from Simbol Materials, a southern Californian based company that takes the brine that ends up as part of the wastewater from the geothermal process and extracts it to create lithium, which is an alkali metal used for making batteries. The new process has some advantages over current lithium mining methods. The vast majority of global lithium production occurs in Chile and Argentina.…

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DOE invests in new geothermal energy projects

Federal agency adds $18 million worth of new geothermal projects to its portfolio The U.S. Department of Energy has added new geothermal energy projects to its portfolio. Some $18 million worth of geothermal projects are now being supported by the federal agency. The agency has invested funds into 32 new projects. This may be a sign that the federal government is beginning to show more support for geothermal power, which has seen relatively little government support when compared to other forms of renewable energy. Geothermal has received little attention in…

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Geothermal energy plans unveiled by Energy Department

Enhanced geothermal systems (EGS) research to receive millions of dollars. Late last week, the Energy Department announced that as part of the Administration’s all-of-the-above energy strategy, it is putting $31 million toward establishing the first phases of the Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE) initiative, which is a field laboratory committed to advanced research on EGS in the United States. Enhanced geothermal systems may one day be able to power 100 million homes. EGS are artificial reservoirs that have been constructed under the Earth’s surface in areas where…

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Geothermal energy receives full support from Hawaii’s governor

The state’s governor is encouraging the Big Island to embrace geothermal. Neil Abercrombie, Hawaii’s governor, has been pushing geothermal energy in the state and has described it as an important alternative and renewable resource that should be embraced by all Hawaiian residents because it is vital for the state’s future energy requirements. The governor hopes the new senate bill will promote the development of Hawaii’s geothermal resources. The new law, Senate Bill 2953, guarantees that 100% of all royalties from using geothermal resources on Hawaiian Home Lands will be paid…

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Geothermal energy helps community park stay green

Maintenance building at Glenview’s Community West Park utilizes geothermal power. The heating and cooling of the 20,000 square foot maintenance building located in Illinois’ Glenview Park District, is regulated by geothermal energy via water from a nearby ten foot deep, one acre outdoor retention pond that irrigates the Park West’s many sports fields and sustains a year round temperature of 55 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Water that is pumped into the building is regulated with energy exchangers. These energy exchangers can cool or heat offices, garage areas and meeting areas.…

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Geothermal energy may not be as expensive as it seems

Report highlights the costs of geothermal power The Geothermal Energy Association has released a new report that serves as an analysis of information provided by several government and private organizations. The report focuses on the actual cost of geothermal power and aims to shed some light on its viability as a primary energy source. Currently, one of the most significant concerns regarding geothermal energy, and renewable power in general, is cost. Clean technologies are expensive, and this make renewable energy expensive as well. The actual cost of clean power may…

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Geothermal energy may be undervalued in the US

US Geothermal shows off its solid revenue flow Geothermal energy may be sorely undervalued in the U.S. US Geothermal, an energy company specializing in geothermal power, recently attended a conference in New York where it showcased the revenue potential of the geothermal sector. The conference was populated by several energy companies and clean technology organizations that have struggled to find any solid revenue flow for several years despite their focus on popular forms of clean power. US Geothermal, however, reported a net profit of $1.9 million, with some $30 million…

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Geothermal energy system adopted by Missouri S&T

Old power plant shut down to make way for geothermal power. Since 1945, the Missouri University of Science and Technology campus has received steam energy from a coal and wood chip burning power plant, but the facility was permanently closed on May 21, 2014 and will be replaced by a geothermal energy system. 17 buildings on campus will receive heating and cooling from the system. Missouri S&T’s geothermal power system will be fully operational by the fall of this year and, in addition to providing heat and air conditioning to…

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New launch site may boost US geothermal energy capacity

A lake in California could be utilized to produce power. Salton Sea could be a hotspot for geothermal energy and Imperial Irrigation District (IID), a local utility, is hoping to use this California lake to generate electricity by converting the heat that is naturally produced beneath it into energy. Salton Sea is rich with geothermal resources. Created in 1905 as a result of a Colorado River flood, Salton Sea is showing a lot of potential for being the new launch site for geothermal power in the United States. The salt…

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Geothermal energy report shows global energy market is exploding

A new study reveals there are 76 countries taking part in nearly 700 geothermal projects. The Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) recently released its 2014 Annual U.S. & Global Power Production Report at its International Geothermal Showcase in Washington D.C., which revealed that many communities around the world are being driven to invest in geothermal power due to climate change related threats that are bringing about a greater need for alternative energy sources. The international energy market is continually expanding at a 4 to 5 percent rate. The geothermal energy information…

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