Amy Joi O’Donoghue – Deseret News
Geothermal power that came online in Utah and two other Western states helped keep the industry on the map in 2013 in what would have otherwise been a flat year domestically for new geothermal power production.
Enel’s Cove Fort geothermal plant in Millard County began operations late last year, adding 25 megawatts of installed capacity to Utah’s renewable energy portfolio.
A recent industry report by the Geothermal Energy Association shows 13 potential geothermal projects in varying stages of development in the state, mostly concentrated in a central Utah cluster.
Ben Matek, an analyst with the association, said the Utah interest eclipses that of many foreign countries.
“The resources in Utah are a good quality resource, with the vast majority of countries having less than 10 projects for potential development. Utah ranks in the top 10 for developing projects,” Matek said.
The newly released report notes that geothermal resources in the tri-state area of California, Nevada and Utah remain largely untapped, with as much as 60 percent of Utah’s resource, for example, ripe for development. (…)