Thursday, February 13, 2020

USA: No Major U.S. Geothermal Plant was Commissioned in 2019 - Factbook

2010s Deliver Decade of Clean Energy (BCSE)

An era of economic growth, reduced CO2 emissions and sharply falling energy costs for consumers

Over the past 10 extraordinary years, the United States has fundamentally overhauled how it produces, delivers and consumes energy. The 2020 edition of the Sustainable Energy in America Factbook – produced for the Business Council for Sustainable Energy by BloombergNEF, looks at the U.S. energy transformation of the past decade (2010 – 2019) and provides the annual update on the progress of energy efficiency, natural gas and renewable energy sectors in 2019 in America.
  • No major U.S. geothermal plant was commissioned in 2019. Unlike other renewable resources, geothermal projects have long project completion periods of 4-7 years. In addition, the technology lacks strong policy support and faces high development costs. These factors contributed to the low build volumes.
  • One geothermal plant currently sits in the EIA build queue. The 25 MW summer capacity Dixie Valley Power Partnership is currently slated to come online in Nevada in 2020. The plant is owned by AES and the company intends to sell power from the project into the California market.
  • The 2.9 MW of the Soda Lake Geothermal project in Churchill, Nevada was retired in 2019.
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