Installed U.S. capacity of baseload geothermal power is 2958 MW. Our geothermal power is set to double over the next several years, according to “U.S. Geothermal Power Production and Development Update,” by the U.S. Geothermal Energy Association.
The following table gives the power currently on-line, in Phase I (secured rights, exploration drilling), Phase II (confirmation being done), Phase III (final permits), and Phase IV (production drilling underway, facility under construction):
|Phase I||Phase II||Phase III||Phase IV|
According to the report
In 2007, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) held geothermal lease sales in Idaho/Utah and California/Nevada. This resulted in the sale of 140,484 acres of land.
New sales, based upon industry expressions of interest, are just starting. On August 5, 2008, the BLM held a geothermal lease sale in Nevada, selling a total of 105, 211 acres in 35 parcels. The sale brought in a record-breaking $28.2 million.
The BLM has also announced a lease sale for parcels in Utah for November 2008. Coming sales are also expected in California and Oregon. Additional projects are expected to result from both the 2007 and 2008 lease sales.
– Earl K.