Geothermal news briefs from U.S. states feature Arizona and Oregon.
*Arizona: Apple Facility to Use Geothermal
*Oregon: Surprise Valley Under Construction; Developers Discuss Geothermal
The State of Arizona announced November 4 that Apple is planning to build a new manufacturing facility in the city of Mesa, Arizona. From their statement: “Apple is indisputably one of the world’s most innovative companies and I’m thrilled to welcome them to Arizona,” said Governor Brewer. “Apple will have an incredibly positive economic impact for Arizona and its decision to locate here speaks volumes about the friendly, pro-business climate we have been creating these past four years. Their investment in renewable energy will also be greening our power grid, and creating significant new solar and geothermal power sources for the state. As Governor, I’ve worked hard to demonstrate that Arizona is open for business. Today’s news is proof that’s paying off.” 9to5mac.com
Meanwhile in Oregon, construction is beginning this month on a 3-MW geothermal plant near Paisley, an estimated $20 million project that has been under development for some four years. The components are being shipped to be assembled on site.
Geothermal energy in Oregon is significant, but developers haven’t found anyone to sell the power to yet. Another point on developers’ radar is the presence of the sage grouse (a candidate for federal protection). These issues and more were discussed at a recent meeting in Bend by over 30 renewable energy experts. Oregon’s Renewable Portfolio Standard was authorized in 2007 and requires the state’s two main electric utilities to reach 15% renewable in their total power generation mix by 2015, and 25% by 2025. www.bendbulletin.com