Wyden, Merkley Announce $40 Million To Boost Geothermal Energy in Oregon

Washington, D.C.
– Continuing efforts to advance
alternative energy resources and break our dependence on foreign oil
and fossil fuels, U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Jeff Merkley
(D-Ore.) announced nearly $40 million in Recovery Act funding for the
exploration and development of geothermal energy technologies in

“This funding will literally help to bring Oregon’s geothermal energy potential to the surface,” Wyden said.
“It will create and sustain jobs improving alternative energy
technology to better tap into Oregon’s unique set of renewable energy

“The Recovery Act continues to spur growth in the emerging clean energy industry,” Merkley said.  “These projects will create new jobs and solidify Oregon’s position as a leader in renewable energy production.”

Distributed by the U.S. Department of Energy, the American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act funding will support and create seven Oregon-based
geothermal projects. The funding dramatically increases geothermal
energy development both in Oregon and nationwide and is a large step
toward comprehensive utilization of alternative energy resources
throughout the state.

The following seven Oregon projects are receiving funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act:

Nevada Geothermal Power Company- Crump Geyser- $1,764,272
This project will test a new, low environmentally impacting drilling
technique and create a method to model the movement of fluid in the

Newberry Geothermal Holdings- Newberry- $4,475,075
This project will use advanced techniques to locate geothermal reservoirs.

ORMAT, Nevada, Inc. – Glass Buttes- $4,377,000
This project will locate faults in geothermal reservoirs using advanced techniques.

The City of Klamath Falls- Klamath Falls- $816,000
This project will fund the construction of a low-temperature power
plant with a district heating system to power the city of Klamath

Johnson Controls, Inc.- Oregon Institute of Technology (Klamath Falls)- $1,047,714
This project will install a low-temperature unit on the Oregon Institute of Technology campus.

AltaRock Energy, Inc. – Newberry Volcanic Monument (Bend)- $24,999,430
This project will generate power from the Newberry Geothermal Resource Area by demonstrating EGS technology.

Surprise Valley Electrification Corporation- Paisley- $2,000,000
This project will build a binary power plant that uses low-temperature
fluids. It will also help to construct a local aquaculture facility.