U.S. States: Geothermal news from Nevada, Ohio, and Virginia

Nevada’s ON Line began service, a software company in Ohio supports geothermal, and a Virginia attorney writes about geothermal benefits.

*Nevada: ON Line Begins Service
*Ohio: 5% Geothermal in the U.S. Energy Mix is Achievable
*Virginia: Geothermal Important for U.S. Energy Independence

The One Nevada Transmission Line (ON Line) stretching from Las Vegas to Ely began service this month, and it is expected to help tap geothermal resource in the north of the state. NV Energy owns 25% of the project and has rights to the line’s initial capacity of up to 800 MW. ON Line cost $552 million to build and was helped by a $343 million loan guarantee from the U.S. Department of Energy.

The company geoAMPS in Ohio agrees with GEA President Craig Mataczynski of Gradient Resources’s challenge that the geothermal industry provide 5% of total U.S. electricity production. “At geoAMPS, we believe that 5 percent of electricity production through geothermal is achievable,” Yogesh Khandelwal, President and Chief Executive Officer told press. The company provides Web-based software that automates various tasks through stages of project development, construction, and operation.

In a CanadaFreePress.com editorial this week, titled “Reagan would Promote Limitless, Active Geothermal Energy,” a Virginia attorney and Tea Party member, Jonathan Moseley, writes about domestic benefits of expanded geothermal energy development within the U.S.

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