29 May '11, 3am

Nevada's Big Bet on Geothermal - Greentech Media

Nevada's Big Bet on Geothermal - Greentech Media

Most of Nevada remains sparsely populated, but the state now generates more geothermal power than all but eight of the world's nations, according to the Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) . And that's only an indication of geothermal's potential as a player at the renewables table. "It was only five or six years ago that people had no idea what geothermal could be," Karl Gawell, the Executive Director of the GEA, said. "There was tremendous uncertainty and utilities were totally skeptical." During the renewables expansion that has taken place from 2005 to 2010, geothermal's installed capacity in Nevada doubled from 200 megawatts to over 400 megawatts. Projects currently in development could add as much as 3,000 megawatts to Nevada's grid. "Some of the major utilities, like NV Energy , have become real believers," Gawell said. "A few years ago, geothermal was in just four ...

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