Ormat Technologies

Hawaii Residents Raise Serious Concerns about PGV, Geothermal Energy’s Clean Energy Credentials

Open venting of geothermal gases and liquids rife with toxic chemicals and heavy metals, poor environmental monitoring, control and reporting, lax oversight and a particularly troubling, even seemingly nonchalant disregard for residents’ repeated requests to local government and state authorities to investigate their concerns and claims are just some of the issues raised by residents living near the Puna Geothermal Venture.

Geothermal Plant Supplies ~20% of Hawaii’s Electricity

Living on active volcanic islands has its downsides and its upsides. When it comes to the plus side, there’s the potential to use geothermal energy to produce significant amounts of cheap, clean, renewable electrical power. And that’s what’s happening on the ‘Big Island’ of Hawaii, where Ormat Technologies’ Puna Geothermal Venture is producing about 20% of the electricity consumed on the island, which removes the need to buy and burn some 144,000 barrels of oil a year.

Democratic EPA Moves Decisively on Coal

The Obama administration is moving ahead with not one, but three EPA rules that will start to reduce our use of coal, (by far the worst emitter of greenhouse gases in the nation) to move the nation towards a cleaner, safer, healthier energy future, despite misuse of the Senate filibuster by Republicans who are paid to support coal.

DOE Introduces Big Oil to New Energy Source: Waste Heat Geothermal

Every barrel of oil extracted in the US also produces ten barrels of hot fluids in addition to the oil. Why not use that potential energy in the waste heat?

Rather than discard that “geothermal” resource created by the process of oil extraction, the DOE is going to show the traditional energy industry how to tap into those waste fluids to power equipment at the site. If generally applied by the industry, this would help reduce the high carbon cost of oil production in the US.