Breathing Life Into US Geothermal: First EGS Project Feeding Power to Grid

A major challenge for the geothermal industry is reducing the risk of its exploration and drilling phase – there is a 40-60 percent chance that each $5-7 million well is ultimately deemed unproductive. But that statistic may soon change. In what many in the industry are calling a game-changer, the nation’s first enhanced geothermal system (EGS) to supply electricity to the grid came online last week. ORMAT’s Desert Peak 2 project is producing an additional 1.2 megawatts (MW) of power to its existing nearby power plant.

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