28 Oct '11, 2pm

Obama Administration Fast Track for Transmission Projects Does Little for Western Geothermal Interests

Obama Administration Fast Track for Transmission Projects Does Little for Western Geothermal Interests

The choice of these transmission projects is touted as a means to increase grid reliability and to integrate renewable energy resources. An analysis of these selected transmission lines by the Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) shows little to no benefit from these projects to expanded transmission access to geothermal resource areas in the western states. Although several of these projects make reference to potential access and transport of geothermal energy, GEA could find no specific commitments from any of these transmission projects to actually facilitating project development. These major transmission projects may be missing out on the potential to connect to geothermal electricity stations: Boardman-Hemingway Line — The new 500-kilovolt (kV) transmission line proposed by Idaho Power would create an approximately 300 mile long, single-circuit electric transmission l...

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