Alaska and Oregon companies are drilling; Hawaii’s unused geothermal; Nevada’s geothermal assets

Alaska drilling begins at Pilgrim Hot Springs. The Big Island of Hawaii has unused geothermal power. Geothermal is key to Nevada’s RPS goals. Klamath Basin Geopower plans for a second well at Olene.

Alaska: Drilling Begins at Pilgrim Hot Springs
Hawaii: Big Island Has Unused Geothermal Power
Nevada: Geothermal is Established and Important to RPS Goals
Oregon: Klamath Basin Geopower Plans for Second Well

Alaska: Drilling Begins at Pilgrim Hot Springs
A partnership of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the City of Nome, and local native corporations and nonprofits is supporting a project that begins drilling this week. The large-diameter exploration hole at Pilgrim Hot Springs will determine its feasibility for geothermal. The site is projected to generate 2 MW of electricity. Sitnews.us

Hawaii: Big Island Has Unused Geothermal Power
An editorial on Huffingtonpost.com titled “The Big Island Is Throwing Away Electricity” discusses geothermal energy and its unused potential on the Big Island of Hawaii. The author is Richard Ha, owner of Hamakua Springs Country Farms and a founding member of the Big Island Community Coalition, a group dedicated to making Big Island electricity rates the lowest in the state.

Nevada: Geothermal Established and Important to RPS Goals
A new NREL report (PDF), “Beyond Renewable Portfolio Standards: An Assessment of Regional Supply and Demand Conditions Affecting the Future of Renewable Energy in the West,” discusses renewable portfolio standard (RPS) requirements in Western states, which have driven expansion of wind, solar, and geothermal power. An article on Motherjones.com notes, “Nevada’s combined geothermal and solar resources could provide four times what the state needs to meet its renewable requirements. Its geothermal market is already established and provides about three quarters of the state’s renewable energy.”

Oregon: Klamath Basin Geopower Plans for Second Well
Klamath Basin Geopower may begin drilling its second well for the Olene area project by the end of 2013. A first well reached 6,000 feet and had temperatures of 280 degrees, showing potential for 6.5 gross MW of geothermal power. President and CEO Bill Honjas told press he hopes to build up to a 21-MW power production facility (Heraldandnews.com). “Drilling is always the biggest risk in geothermal development,” Honjas said. The company uses advanced software with seismic survey data for accuracy in siting geothermal wells. Earthfix.info

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