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Up to 913 MW of proposed geothermal development in the U.S. by 2022

McGuinnes Hills geothermal plant, Nevada (source: Ormat)
Alexander Richter 21 May 2019

The U.S. Federal Energy Regulator Commission reports proposed geothermal power generation additions by April 2022 of up to 913 MW, of which 280 MW are high probability additions.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in the United States has released a report this month that provides an update on planned energy infrastructure additions in the U.S.

While the report does not provide much details, it reports an (available) installed geothermal power generation capacity for the U.S. of 3,840 MW (3.84 GW). This corresponds with ThinkGeoEnergy’s estimate of a total installed geothermal power generation capacity in the U.S. of  3,653 MW. The U.S. currently lacks up-to-date data that was previously provided by the U.S. Geothermal Energy Association (GEA), which has now merged into the Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) in the U.S.

The FERC reports that there have been no new geothermal plants in the period of January to March 2019, while in the same period the previous year (January to March 2018) two units started operation with a combined generation capacity of 34 MW.

In 2018, the U.S. saw additional capacity added. The 48 MW McGinnes Hills Phase 3 plant started operation in December 2018 in Nevada and so did the 14 MW Lightning Dock plant by Turboden for Cyrq Energy in New Mexico.

FERC reports up to 913 MW in proposed additional geothermal power generation capacity to be installed by April 2022, with high probability additions of 280 MW.

Source: FERC Staff Report