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September 18, 2002

Nevada BLM Offers 130,000 Acres for Geothermal Development

The Nevada Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced on September 16th that it is offering geothermal leases on 67 tracts of land covering 130,537 acres in central and western Nevada. The leases include land in six "Known Geothermal Resource Areas"-areas considered rich in geothermal energy and prime for energy development. Bids must be received by September 23rd.

The lease offering is a significant increase over last year, when the Nevada BLM offered 28,111 acres for lease. That offer led to seven successful bids on a total of 11,428 acres. See the Nevada BLM press release and Geothermal Web page.

The bids on the geothermal leases will be opened on September 24th at the annual meeting of the Geothermal Resources Council (GRC). The meeting runs from September 22nd through the 25th in Reno. See the GRC Web site.

Nine geothermal plants with a total capacity of 165 megawatts are currently operating on federal lands in Nevada. That represents most of the geothermal power capacity in the state, which totals about 196 megawatts. But the state holds the largest untapped geothermal resources in the country, with a potential for at least 2,500 megawatts of geothermal power production. For more information, see the "GeoPowering the West" Web site.

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