Oregon No. 3 for geothermal energy development

Oregon is the third busiest state when it comes to geothermal energy development.

Oregon is the third busiest state when it comes to geothermal energy development.

Oregon is the third busiest state when it comes to geothermal energy development, according to the annual report released Tuesday by the Geothermal Energy Association.

The Annual U.S. Geothermal Power Production and Development Report shows that the industry currently has 3,187 megawatts of installed capacity โ€” more than any other country in the world.

Oregon is the third busiest state when it comes to geothermal projects under development, according to the report, though the state lags well behind the nation's geothermal leaders: Nevada and California.

Oregon has less than a megawatt of installed capacity up and running, but the report cites 16 geothermal projects underway, mostly by Ormat Technologies. In all the state has the potential to generate as much as 109 megawatts of energy from geothermal power, according to the report.

By comparison, Nevada has 469 megawatts of geothermal power currently up and running and 59 projects in development. California has 2,614 megawatts of geothermal power in operation and another 31 projects in the queue.

The report's Oregon tally does not include the project underway in the Klamath Basin, which is being developed by Entiv Organic Energy in partnership with Technip. That project is guaranteed to generate at least 3 megawatts of power, but could generate more.

Currently, geothermal electric power generation is occurring in eight U.S. states, including Alaska, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming. An additional seven states โ€” Arizona, Colorado, Louisiana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Texas and Washington โ€” have geothermal capacity in development.

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