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September 15, 2010 – Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Shelley Berkley today announced that Nevada will receive more than $2.1 million in federal funding for geothermal energy projects. The projects were among seven selected by the U.S. Department of Energy as part of an initiative to increase cutting-edge geothermal technologies that could help slash U.S. reliance on oil and create new jobs.
“Nevada has a natural abundance of geothermal energy potential and this investment could help expand the use of this renewable resource by finding new ways to harness the Earth’s heat for green power production,” said Berkley. “These two Nevada projects -- each focusing on a different type of geothermal potential -- have been awarded more than $2 million in funding through the Department of Energy as part of a $20 million package. From solar to wind to geothermal, Nevada is increasingly becoming a leader in the use of renewable energy and these investments are helping to boost business in the Silver State and increasing America’s domestic energy security,” said Berkley.
The projects funded under today’s announcement will demonstrate the technical and economic feasibility of non-conventional geothermal energy technologies in three research areas: low temperature fluids, geothermal fluids recovered from oil and gas wells, and highly pressurized geothermal fluids. This funding will help demonstrate and commercialize innovative technologies to lower the high initial costs of geothermal development and help make the operational deployment of low temperature geothermal units more economical.
The following Nevada projects have been selected for funding:
Low Temperature Geothermal Fluids
• Energent Corporation – Dixie Valley, Nev. - $1,200,000
Energent will demonstrate the innovative features of a geothermal power plant using a scale-resistant heat exchanger design that will allow increased use of low temperature resources. The power plant has the potential to increase power production from the brine flow (the volume of hydrocarbon and water per segment of time that come out of the wellhead) by 40 percent over current technology.
Geothermal Fluids Produced from Oil and Gas Wells
• ElectraTherm, Inc. – Florida Canyon Mine, Nev. - $982,000
ElectraTherm seeks to demonstrate the financial and technical viability of producing electricity from heat coproduced in geothermal brine. ElectraTherm’s innovative mobile heat-to-power generator output capacity is expected to be in the 30-70 kilowatt range. The project will result in the optimization of a low-cost, modular, mobile power plant that can be employed on small resources in remote locations.
September 15, 2010 – Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Shelley Berkley today highlighted a new report that details clean energy projects in Nevada funded through The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The legislation included nearly $570 million in stimulus funding for Nevada energy projects.
“The Recovery Act is funding investments in solar and geothermal, increased energy efficiency and a new smart grid that will help Nevada become energy independent. These projects are helping to create new jobs, while also strengthening America’s energy security and reducing our dependence on Saudi Arabia and other hostile nations,” said Berkley. “The benefits from these investments will continue to be seen in the form of expanded solar and geothermal use in the Silver State and in the savings for families and businesses when homes and commercial properties are made to be more energy efficient.”
The report on the Recovery Act details the Department of Energy's investments in energy efficiency, local initiatives to launch new conservation and renewable energy projects, and technologies that will significantly reduce the energy use in homes, businesses and industry. A copy of the report can be viewed at: http://www.energy.gov/recovery/nv.htm.
The Recovery Act is investing $4.5 billion in smart grid technologies, including nearly $145 million in Nevada, which is helping to modernize and upgrade America's electricity system, improve the reliability and efficiency of the electrical grid, and provide consumers with more information about their energy use.
Clark County, City of Las Vegas, Henderson all Receive Grant Funding as Part of $43 Million for Nevada
September 10, 2010 – Las Vegas, NV – Congresswoman Shelley Berkley today joined with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan and Congresswoman Dina Titus to highlight $43 million in grant funding for Nevada under round three of the federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP). The trio visited the home of Aaron Two Crow and his family, who recently purchased a home in Southern Nevada after qualifying for assistance through the NSP program.
“The Two Crow’s recently welcomed a new baby and needed room for their growing family and through the NSP program this wonderful couple was able to purchase a home of their very own. I still remember as a girl what it meant for my family to have a house in Las Vegas and to be a part of the American dream of home ownership. Through funding provided to Nevada for neighborhood stabilization, families like the Two Crow’s can receive assistance with purchasing a home that otherwise might sit empty as a result of foreclosure. That’s good for Nevadans and good for our neighborhoods and this additional funding will provide even more families with a chance at owning their own home,” Berkley said.
Earlier this week, Nevada was awarded $43 million in grant funding under round three of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP). Administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, NSP targets communities that have high numbers of foreclosed properties like the Las Vegas Valley.
“No one wins when neighborhoods become blighted and homes sit empty and this grant funding will provide Clark County, Henderson and the City of Las Vegas with resources to help address this growing problem. The Neighborhood Stabilization Program is one more pool of financial resources that we are drawing from to help address the effects of the foreclosure crisis on families and neighborhoods across Southern Nevada. The funding can be used to buy, redevelop or demolish properties that have been foreclosed and to help homebuyers with costs and down payment assistance, or rental options,” said Berkley. “Hundreds of homes were made available to qualified families in Nevada through the first round of the NSP and this new funding will help hundreds more have a roof over their heads.”
State and local governments can use neighborhood stabilization grant funding to acquire land and property; to demolish or rehabilitate abandoned properties; and/or to offer assistance with down payments and closing costs for low and moderate income homebuyers. Silver State funding for Southern Nevada under NSP round three includes:
Clark County: $20,253,261
Las Vegas: $10,450,622
Additional NSP funding was also provided to the State of Nevada, Reno and Washoe County as part of Nevada’s $43 million share.