NV Energy seeks approval for 79MW geothermal PPAs

Steamboat Springs plant of Ormat, Nevada (source: Commons/ Wikimedia)
Alexander Richter 2 Apr 2010

Nevada utility NV Energy is seeking approval for PPAs of a total of 132 MW, of which 79MW are from geothermal projects of Ram Power and Ormat Technologies.

In news from Nevada, “NV Energy, a holding company whose subsidiaries provide electricity and natural gas to most of Nevada, said Thursday it is asking state regulators to approve four new power agreements with geothermal, solar, land fill and waste management developers.

The contracts include power from a 50-megawatt solar photovoltaic project to be constructed near Primm, Nevada by NextLight Renewable Power; a 3.2-megawatt landfill energy project in Storey County, Nevada, by Waste Management; a 53.5-megawatt geothermal project in central Nevada by Ram Power; and a 25-megawatt geothermal project in Elko County by Ormat Technologies.

The agreements together would add roughly 132 megawatts of renewable energy, or enough to power a city if 100,000 people year-round.

Nevada has a renewable energy standard that requires utilities to derive a certain amount of their power from alternative energy. Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has pushed for fewer coal-fired power plants in his home state.

The subsidiaries of NV Energy, based in Las Vegas, are Nevada Power Co. and Sierra Pacific Power Co.”

Source: Business Week