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February 26, 2003

New Nevada Campus to be Fully Powered by Geothermal Energy

The University of Nevada, Reno announced on February 20th that it will use geothermal energy to supply all the energy needs for its new Redfield Campus in Reno. Advanced Thermal Systems, Inc. (ATS) will build and operate an 11-megawatt geothermal power plant adjacent to the campus. Under a 30-year agreement with the university, the power plant will provide electricity and hot and chilled water to the university, using an absorption cooling system to produce chilled water from the geothermal heat. ATS expects to sell excess electricity to Sierra Pacific, the local electric utility. The new campus is expected to open next year. See the University of Nevada press release.

The use of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies should accelerate in Nevada, thanks to the Nevada Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Task Force. The task force, established in November 2001 to administer the state's Trust Fund for Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation, released its first legislative report on January 30th. According to that report, the task force plans to work with the Nevada State Energy Office to improve renewable energy resource assessment and examine solutions to power transmission constraints within the state. The task force will also examine credit trading systems for renewable power producers, evaluate market incentives, consider new energy codes for buildings, and expand the state's public outreach efforts. See the legislative report on the task force's Web site.