Enel North America is about to complete two geothermal plants in Churchill County, Nevada. With a total gross installed capacity of 65 megawatts (MW), the two plants will generate some 400 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year, enough to meet the energy needs of roughly 40,000 households, while avoiding the emission of more than 300,000 tons of CO2 per year.
In Tuscany, Italy-based Enel has 31 geothermal plants and a power output of roughly 700 MW, which is enough to generate 5 billion kilowatt hours of electricity per year. In Chile, working with Empresa Nacional del Petróleo (ENAP), Enel is exploring a number of particularly suitable areas that show potential capacity in excess of 100 MW. In El Salvador, Enel constructed its first geothermal plant abroad, Berlin III, with a capacity of 44 MW and power generation of some 320 million kWh per year.
Enel is also investing in further developing the use of geothermal power. The company’s “Geotermia Innovativa” (Innovative Geothermal) project seeks to make use of areas that are not yet exploitable and to supplement low-temperature geothermal sources with other renewable energies, and solar power in particular.