Improving the competitive position of geothermal energy [electronic resource].
- Washington, D.C. : United States. Dept. of Energy, 1996. and Oak Ridge, Tenn. : Distributed by the Office of Scientific and Technical Information, U.S. Dept. of Energy.
- Physical Description:
- pages 13-20 : digital, PDF file
- Additional Creators:
- United States. Department of Energy. Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, United States. Department of Energy, and United States. Department of Energy. Office of Scientific and Technical Information
- Restrictions on Access:
- Free-to-read Unrestricted online access
- I am here to tell you that the geothermal industry is alive and well in Omaha. I think a lot of the statistics we have just heard are certainly accurate reflections of what we would expect in the long-term scenario. Some of us, however, are focusing more on a shorter term, like this quarter, this year, and what is going to happen in 1997 rather than 2005, 2010 or beyond. The domestic market is currently very difficult for geothermal with avoided cost at the bus bar based on today`s natural gas prices. The avoided cost rate is low because it is established by the utilities, who want to pay non-utility competitors less for their generation, utility commission, who wants to see the benefits flow to the rate payer and the commission is supported by the Department of Rate-Payer Advocates, who would like to see the cost be lower. We have no leverage in this structure and we have not done as an effective job at arguing why it should be higher. As a result the PURPA avoided cost that has been established is lower than what we would hope and expect would come out of the PURPA process as it was originally intended. We have also seen little in the way of externality revenues domestically, in spite of the fact that we hear that most people support renewables. That support has not been translated into increased payments for renewables.
- Published through SciTech Connect., 04/10/1996., "doe/ee--0106", " conf-9604116--9", "DE96015206", 14. DOE/Industry geothermal program review on keeping geothermal energy competitive in foreign and domestic markets, Berkeley, CA (United States), 8-11 Apr 1996., and Mason, T.R.
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