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Enel Completing Two Geothermal Plants in Nevada

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.



Being a stead clean energy source, this could be an excellent complement to Wind and Sun power.

Many more of the same would be very good news.

What is the total USA potential?


This is a good source of energy for the U.S. Curious because the article did not mention what the total cost of implementation for the two geothermal plants will be.

Max Reid

At one time, geothermal was #2 in renewable with around 10,000 MW capacity, while it lagged behind, wind has overtaken it to achieve installed capacity of 106,000 MW. I hope the geothermal also picks up soon.

Infact, many homes could install this system and cut both the heating and cooling energy. This will also cut the need for peak time energy which typically comes from costly oil & gas in many areas.


I'd like to bring you attention to the Stanford University study posted in GCC on the 13th December.
About 2/3rds of the way into this lengthy hypothetical projection. We see geothermal in 2030 heading off like a greyhound out of the blue.

With the trend towards factory production of generation plants (nuclear) that allow for safer operation by lower skilled labor these Geothermal plants are relatively one offs.
The geothermal industry has been taking a back seat but the low carbon revival is renewing interest. We should expect big things from these venture and expansion with familiarity.


Apologies my last post complete mix up.


Enhanced geothermal energy is potentially the wave of the future I would love to see massive utility-scale geothermal plants spring up around the US. ...ejj...

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