Geothermal Power

California Goes for 50% Renewables by 2030

In a historic vote, California legislators have ensured that the eighth largest economy in the world is running on 50% renewable energy within just 15 years. California’s Democratic-majority legislature just acted decisively to further reduce the use of fossil energy… Read More
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Iceland’s Magma Harnessed For Geothermal Heat Record

Geothermal power development has traditionally been about drilling down into subsurface reservoirs of hot water. Enhanced geothermal is expanding the field to include dry, permeable hot rock where water can be added. But geothermal in molten rock? That’s pushing the… Read More
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New Mexico Joins The Geothermal Power Ranks

You can add New Mexico has the short list of U.S. states that are utility-scale geothermal energy producers. The new plant in the Animas Valley, way down in the southwestern part of the state, is operating at a modest 4… Read More
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Geothermal Power Flows From Nevada To LA

That renewable energy “first” that way back in April we said was on its way? It’s here. Power from a geothermal plant in northern Nevada is flowing to Southern California. Ormat Technologies said the Don A. Campbell Geothermal Plant in… Read More
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To Dump Diesel, Island Eyes Geothermal

From mere burgs to populous states to independent nations, islands have a particular motivation for going green: they can avoid the use of expensive and dirty diesel for power generation. Solar with some wind have typically been the technologies of… Read More

Geothermal-CO2 Hookup Gathers Steam

Carbon capture, the technology widely deemed vital to saving the planet from a climate disaster – but frustratingly slow to gain traction – could have a friend in geothermal power. For a few years, scientists have kicked around the idea… Read More

Utah Geothermal Energy Bubbles Up In Arizona

Phoenicians, your air conditioners will now run partly on geothermal energy from Utah. Some 350 miles to the north of the Valley of the Sun, Enel Green Power’s Cove Fort geothermal power plant has begun operations. The 25-megawatt binary cycle… Read More
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Putting Volcanoes To Work For Geothermal Power

Costa Rica and geothermal power, together, make obvious sense – the country is teeming with geological activity, a fact apparent to anyone who has visited active volcanoes like Arenal or Poás. Now there’s an effort to turn more of that… Read More
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Net-Zero Muni Building In NY: It Took A Village

The old firehouse in the Finger Lakes village of Skaneateles, N.Y., vacant and apparently headed for demolition, has new life. Spectacular new life. After much work, the building was unveiled this month as Skaneateles Village Hall, the first municipal net-zero… Read More
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Geothermal Industry Looks To Raise Its Game

Is geothermal energy destined to be a niche player as solar and wind gain big-time status in the United States? Leaders in the industry, meeting in Las Vegas this week, rejected the idea, but conceded they’ll have to do some… Read More
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Diesel-Burning Nome Has Geothermal Hopes

They’re drilling for energy in Alaska – but it’s not oil they’re after some 60 miles northeast of Nome, out on Alaska’s west coast. Hot water is the target. The attraction of geothermal resources in a remote place like Nome… Read More

Canadian Geothermal Plans ‘powEARTHful’ Appeal

The Canadian Geothermal Energy Association, feeling left out in the cold by the Canadian government, says it will turn to crowdfunding in an effort to boost geothermal’s prospects in the country. (Sept. 26 update: The CGEA Indiegogo project is now… Read More