A Decade of Geothermal Development in Nevada, 1978 - 1988

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Author: Carolyn J. Cowan
Description:Development of Nevada's geothermal resources has accelerated in the last decade making it second only to California in geothermal utilization. Principal areas of development include both flash and binary geothermal power plants, industrial process heating, commercial and residential space heating, and aquaculture. This paper presents an historical perspective of major geothermal project milestones as they were influenced by significant government sponsored research and development programs, the development of the current state regulatory framework, and various financial incentives. It is postulated that, in spite of the limited electrical market, lack of adequate power transmission lines, and reductions in the cost of fossil fuels, the combination of the factors described above prevailed and contributed to the growth of Nevada's Geothermal Industry.
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Organization Name: Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology
Street: University of Nevada, Reno MS178
City: Reno
State: NV
Zip: 89557
Phone: 775-784-6691
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