16 December 2015 2015 12:49 AM GMT

U.S. Geothermal Inc. Acquires Majority Stake in 13-MMW Project

U.S. Geothermal Inc. has acquired a 95% stake in the 13-megawatt Raft River geothermal project in Idaho from Goldman Sachs for US$5.1 million.

U.S. Geothermal will receive 95% of the cash flow from the project on a going forward basis, along with all increased cash flow from any project improvements. The agreement includes an option to purchase the balance of Goldman’s interest for at the end of 2017.

The purchase price consisted of a US$3.5 million cash payment plus a promissory note of US$1.6 million that bears interest at 8%.

The Raft River Geothermal Power Plant is located in Southeast Idaho and has a designed capacity of 13MW. The project is currently operating at approximately 9.4MW. Power from the facility is sold under a firm price, 25-year contract with Idaho Power Company which allows for the full 13MW output.

“This agreement with Goldman Sachs is a strong positive for our company,” said Dennis Gilles, CEO of U.S. Geothermal. “It unlocks the ability to consider capital upgrades that should increase output from the facility and potentially reach its design capacity of 13 megawatts. It strengthens our commitment to becoming the North American leader in geothermal energy.”

December 7th 2017
Google Leads The Way In Purchasing Clean Energy; Signs 196 MW PPA With Avangrid

Google has reached power purchasing agreements with Avangrid Renewables for 196 MW of wind power. The agreements cover two wind farms, producing enough energy each year to power 50,000 households. The additional capacity helps Google reach its goal of purchasing enough renewable energy to match its energy use in global operations. Gary Demasi, Google’s director of global infrastructure stated: “with solar and wind declining dramatically in cost and propelling significant employment growth, the transition to clean energy is driving unprecedented economic opportunity and doing so faster than we ever anticipated.”

December 6th 2017
Renewables Provide 17.8% Of Total US Electricity. Solar Now 2.0% And Wind 6.0%

According to the latest issue of the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) “Electric Power Monthly” report, U.S. electrical generation from renewable energy sources (i.e., biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar – inc. distributed solar, wind) rose by 14.69% during the first three-quarters of 2017 compared to the same period in 2016. Simultaneously, electrical generation by fossil fuels and nuclear power combined declined by 5.41%. Nuclear power and coal both dropped by 1.5%, natural gas (including “other” gas) was down by 10.7%, and oil (i.e., petroleum liquids and petroleum coke) plunged by 17.1%.



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