Wednesday, October 28, 2015

USA, Idaho: Environmental Impact Study Begins at Panther (Big) Creek Geothermal Site

Geothermal plant proposed near Salmon River (Idaho Mountain Express)

The U.S. Forest Service is beginning an environmental study of an application to lease public land for a proposed geothermal power plant near the confluence of the Salmon River and Panther Creek, adjacent to the River of No Return Wilderness.

Ormat Technologies wants the right to use hot water from Panther Creek Hot Springs to produce power that would be connected to Idaho Power’s grid. A BLM study of geothermal potential in the West estimated that the site has 10-20 megawatts of generating capacity—enough to power up to 20,000 homes.

The draft environmental impact statement is expected in May, 2016 and the final environmental impact statement is expected in September, 2016.

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Panther (Big) Creek Hot Springs Geothermal Leasing - website.......