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Ram releases drilling and testing results from two projects

In Nevada, Ram Power, Corp. said that its drilling and well testing at its San Jacinto-Tizate project site near Leon, Nicaragua and at its Orita project in Imperial Valley, California. Initial flow test results confirmed that well SJ12-2 at San Jacinto-Tizate will be a production well with an estimated capacity of about 4 MW gross. [...]

Images of U.S. Geothermal projects posted

In Idaho, U.S. Geothermal has posted images of progress at both the San Emidio and Neal Hot Springs projects. Groundbreaking has taken place at both sites. At San Emidio, in Washoe County Nevada, work crews have completed the cooling tower slab and are now working on the walls for construction has commenced on site. At [...]

Neal Hot Springs project gets go ahead from DOE

In Idaho, U.S. Geothermal Inc. said it has picked up a reservoir certificate by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) independent reservoir engineer at Neal Hot Springs in Eastern Oregon. The certificate is a technical condition required under the DOE’s $96.7 million loan guarantee to construct the planned 23 MW power plant. Company subsidiary USG [...]

Colorado town submits RFP for heating, cooling district refirb and expansion

In Colorado, Pagosa Springs is looking to augment and restructure the Pagosa Springs Geothermal Utility System. The intent is that heating and cooling be available to all residents and businesses within the town limits. Proposers are asked to develop a plan to finance, design, construct, operate, maintain and manage the geothermal energy system. Further, the [...]

Air Force, Virginia county issue geothermal RFPs

In Washington D.C., the Air Force has examined data from a number of sources and has decided that there may be opportunities for geothermal energy at a number of their sites. These locations include resources near Hill AFB, UT; Mountain Home AFB, ID; Kirtland and Luke AFB, AZ; Holloman AFB, NM; and Nellis AFB, NV. [...]

Caldera acquires new Nevada leases

In Canada, Caldera Geothermal Inc. has acquired two geothermal lease parcels totaling 8,575 acres in Nevada for a total cost of $54,170. The parcels expand Caldera’s acreage at its Teels Marsh and Rhodes Marsh properties, which are both blind systems where thermal waters do not reach the surface. Zohrab Mawani, Caldera’s CEO, said “Events around [...]

San Jacinto-Tizate wells test to 14 MW

In Nevada, Ram Power, Corp. released results of tests on the re-drilled SJ12-1 and SJ12-2 at San Jacinto-Tizate project. SJ 12-1 ST1, a sidetrack recovery of the SJ12-1 well, produced injectivity index measurements of commercial wells in the San Jacinto-Tizate area with capacities between 5 and 10 MW. The well was completed in March to [...]

Geothermal lease sale in Nevada nets more than $500,000

In Nevada, 17 of 51 parcels offered at auction for geothermal development by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in March were sold. Two parcels in Churchill County received the highest bid per acre prices: bonus bid of $253,580 at $60 per acre for a 4,227-acre parcel by Ormat Nevada Inc., of Reno, and bonus [...]

Hudson Ranch sent back for approval

In California, after an appeal, the Imperial County Board of Supervisors sent the Hudson Ranch II geothermal project back to the county Planning Department for further environmental study. The California Unions for Reliable Energy and a group of Valley residents say there are serious concerns over the environmental impact of the power plant, its four [...]

Voters turn down Yellowknife mine heat opportunity

In Canada, residents of the City of Yellowknife have voted 1,362 to 997 against allowing the city to borrow up to $49 million for a district energy system that would have used heat from the abandoned Con Mine project to supply downtown buildings. The federal government had offered Yellowknife a $14-million Clean Energy Fund grant, [...]