Utah Geothermal Working Group

Inactive since 2009

The Utah Geothermal Working Group (UGWG) is an organization comprised of representatives from federal, state, and local governments; utilities; renewable energy advocates; geothermal industry; environmental organizations; landowners; and other entities interested in development of geothermal energy in Utah.

The UGWG’s mission is to promote innovative development and effective utilization of Utah’s geothermal resources for direct use, power generation, and cascading uses. The primary emphasis is promotion of direct-use applications and small-scale geothermal power projects to stimulate rural economic development.

Since its inception in 2003, UGWG has met generally once or twice a year in various meeting formats including workshops and field trips in an effort to disseminate geothermal information to the interested public. UGWG has developed a position paper that outlines the current geothermal uses in the state and presents a number of policy options for future direction.

Position Paper
Geothermal Energy Development in Utah (pdf)
April 2005

Geothermal Heat Pump, 04/29-30/09

April 29 – 30, 2009

Agenda

The 2009 Geothermal Heat Pump (GHP) Workshop was held at the Salt Lake City Library in downtown Salt Lake City on April 29, and April 30, 2009.

This workshop included presentations and discussions on GHP case histories, new drilling techniques, available products and services, water quality, and policy.

This workshop was designed for interested parties and utility staff who wanted to learn about geothermal heat pumps and to compare them with other resource options, or to learn how to improve existing programs.

The workshop was sponsored by the Utah State Energy Program, American Public Power Association (APPA), the Energy and Geoscience Institute, the Great Basin Center for Geothermal Technology, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), the SMU Geothermal Laboratory, SoundGT, the US DOE’s Geothermal Technologies Program, and Western Area Power Administration (WAPA).

PDF Presentations

GX Loop Heat Pumps and Design Considerations, Hybrid Designs Cary Smith, Sound Geothermal
Moving Through the Gx Learning Curve; Case History Clark County School District
Using Monte Carlo Simulation to Evaluate GHP Project Opportunities Brian Walshe, Ion Consulting
Utah State Geothermal Workshop Jon Lear, Lear & Lear, L.L.P
Case Study Jordan School District Duane Devey, Jordan School District
Geothermal Heat Pumps in the Green Environment John Kelly, Geothermal Heat Pump Consortium
Potential for Geothermal Technologies in Heat Recovery Guy Nelson, Utility Geothermal Working Group
GHP and Other Energy Funding Opportunities Jason Berry, Utah State Energy Program
Geothermal Heat Pump Well Permitting and Regulatory Requirements Jim Goddard, Utah Division of Water Rights
From Rebates to ROI Geothermal Heat Pumps Green ($) Energy Vision Paul Bony, Climate Master
Geothermal Heat Pump Worksheet Training Katherine Johnson, Johnson Consulting Group
Geothermal Technologies & Utility Leadership Roles in Promoting Rural Development Roger Koon, USDA
Serving the West with Federal Hydropower Western Area Power Administration

SW Utah’s Geothermal Potential, 04/22-23/08

Workshop: Southwestern Utah’s Geothermal Potential

Agenda
News Release
Attendees (xls)

April 22 – 23, 2008

This workshop focused on southwestern Utah’s geothermal potential for electricity, direct-use, and ground-source heat pumps and was held at Southern Utah University, Cedar City, Utah on April 22-23, 2008.

This meeting was designed for utilities, municipalities, students, and homeowners – however all interested parties were encouraged to attend.

The highly qualified speakers on the agenda bring a mix of professional experience in all aspects of geothermal energy.

The workshop was hosted by the Utah Geological Survey’s State Energy Program (SEP), Southern Utah University’s Department of Physical Sciences, and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Geopowering the West.

PDF Presentations

Geothermal Resources in the Eastern Great Basin of Utah Robert Blackett, Utah Geological Survey
Developing Geothermal Resources in Utah and the Western Markets Daniel Fleishmann, Ormat Technologies, Inc.
Utah Renewable Energy Incentives Jason Berry, Utah Geological Survey
ENEL North America
Geothermal Projects in the Western U.S.
John Snow, ENEL North America
Raser Technologies, Inc. Mike Hayter, Raser Technologies
GeoExchange: Application for Low Temperature Geothermal Cary Smith, Sound Geothermal
Blundell Geothermal Power Plant Garth Larsen, PacifiCorp

Electricity Generation, 03/13-14/07

UGWG Meeting

March 14 and 15, 2007

Summary (pdf)
Agenda (pdf)

This meeting of the Utah Geothermal Working Group was held at the Utah State Library & Blind Center, Multi-Purpose Room, 1950 West 250 North, Salt Lake City, Utah.

The focus of the meeting was geothermal electricity generation.

PowerPoint Presentations

Geothermal Development in Utah – 2006 Robert Blackett, Utah Geological Survey
Utah Legislative Update Phil Powlick, Utah Geological Survey, State Energy Program
New Federal Rules for Geothermal Leasing and Permitting Kermit Witherbee & Al Mckee, Bureau of Land Management
The Role of Geothermal in Enhancing Energy Diversity and Security in the Western US Roger Hill, Sandia National Laboratory
Blundell Geothermal Plant Expansion Rene Andrews, Blundell Plant, PacifiCorp

Direct Use & Heat Pumps, 03/22-23/06

Workshop: Ground-Source Heat Pumps & Geothermal Direct Use

March 22 and 23, 2006

Schedule (pdf)
News Release

The Utah Geothermal Working Group sponsored a two-day workshop on ground-source heat pump (GHP) applications and direct-use of geothermal resources at the Quality Inn Airport, Salt Lake City, Utah on March 22-23, 2006.

The first day was devoted to ground-source heat pumps and included talks on utilization history, current installations, case studies, and operational experience in the western United States. The second day was devoted to direct-use application of geothermal resources and included talks on the nature of the resource, geothermal well completion, economics of direct-use projects, and case studies of various direct-use applications in the western United States. Afternoon field trips to GHP and geothermal direct-use sites followed each of the morning technical sessions.

This workshop was co-sponsored by the Utah Geothermal Working Group, U.S. Department of Energy GeoPowering the West, Sound Geothermal, Oregon Institute of Technology Geo-Heat Center, Washington State University Energy Program, University of Utah Energy & Geoscience Institute, and the Utah Geological Survey State Energy Program.

PowerPoint Presentations

Introduction
Ground-Source Heat Pumps and Geothermal Direct Use Robert Blackett, Utah Geological Survey
Geothermal Heat Pumps
Commercial Geothermal Heat Pumps, Operation and Maintenance – How Reliable Are They? Gordon Bloomquist, Washington State University Energy Program
Energy FinAnswer & FinAnswer Express Programs Trig Soleim, Utah Power
Geothermal Retrofit of HVAC Systems Andrew Chiasson, Geo-Heat Center, Oregon Institute of Technology
Geothermal Heat Pump, Case Study I Andrew Chiasson, Geo-Heat Center, Oregon Institute of Technology
Geothermal Heat Pump Systems: Closed-Loop Design Considerations Andrew Chiasson, Geo-Heat Center, Oregon Institute of Technology
Jordan School District Duane Devey
Ground Source Heat Pumps Cary Smith, Sound Geothermal
Direct-Use Applications
Nature and Occurrence of Geothermal Resources Joe Moore, Energy and Geoscience Institute
Direct-Heat Geothermal Systems: steps to improve understanding about the source of heat Rick Allis, Utah Geological Survey
Section 9006, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Program Richard Carrig, USDA-Rural Development
Geothermal Template for USDA Farm Bill Section 9006 – Applied to a Dairy Farm Andrew Chiasson, Geo-Heat Center, Oregon Institute of Technology
Geothermal Resources in Utah, An Overview and Description of Uses in Utah Robert Blackett, Utah Geological Survey
Geothermal Business Incubator James C. Witcher, Witcher and Associates
Greenhouse and Aquaculture Applications of Geothermal Energy Tonya Boyd, Geo-Heat Center, Oregon Institute of Technology
Greenhouse and Aquaculture Design Considerations John W. Lund, Geo-Heat Center, Oregon Institute of Technology
Industrial Applications John W. Lund, Geo-Heat Center, Oregon Institute of Technology
Geothermal Drilling James C. Witcher, Witcher and Associates
Direct Heat Utilization of Geothermal Energy John W. Lund, Geo-Heat Center, Oregon Institute of Technology
Geothermal District Energy Gordon Bloomquist, Washington State University Energy Program
Evaluating the Feasibility of Geothermal Direct Use Projects Gordon Bloomquist, Washington State University Energy Program
Websites and Sources of Geothermal Information Tonya Boyd, Geo-Heat Center, Oregon Institute of Technology

Meeting, 10/12/05

UGWG Meeting

October 12, 2005

PowerPoint Presentations

Geothermal Power Generation Workshop Robert Blackett, Utah Geological Survey
Amp Resources, Aquatrack and Kalina Cycle Technologies Lyle Ball and Paul Stephan, Amp Resources
Raft River Geothermal Project Doug Glaspey, US Geothermal Inc.
Geo-Heat Center: History, Scope of Services and Activities John Lund, Geo-Heat Center, Oregon Institute of Technology
The United States of America Country Update Gordon Bloomquist, Washington State University Energy Program

Geothermal Power Generation, 08/17/05

Utah Geothermal Power Generation Workshop

August 17th, 2005

News Release

The Department of Energy’s GeoPowering the West (GPW) program hosted a Geothermal Power Generation Workshop at the Department of Natural Resources on August 17th, 2005.

The workshop focused on the key benefits and risks of including geothermal power in a utility’s resources portfolio. This meeting was designed for utility resource personnel, however all interested parties were encouraged to attend. The highly qualified speakers on the agenda brought a mix of professional experience in all aspects of geothermal energy.

The workshop was sponsored by the following organizations: American Public Power Association, Geothermal Resources Council, Geothermal Energy Association, Geothermal Education Office, Utah Geothermal Working Group, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, Sandia National Laboratory and Western Area Power Administration.

Guy Nelson, UEF (chair), Leon Pexton, UMPA, Garth Larsen, PacifiCorp and Bob Putnam, CH2M-Hill

PowerPoint Presentations

Welcome
US DOE, Geothermal Technologies Program Overview Sandy Glatt, US Department of Energy
Geothermal Energy Patrick Laney, Idaho National Laboratory
Utah Geothermal Developments 2005 Robert Blackett, Utah Geological Survey
Panel I: Geothermal Energy Portolio from a Utility Perspective
The Pleasures and Pains of Owning and
Operating a Geothermal Plant
Garth Larsen, PacifiCorp
Results of Geothermal Power Survey of Electric G&T Cooperatives Robert Putnam, CH2M Hill
Bob Gibson, NRECA
Steve Lindenberg, Lindenberg Consulting
Geothermal Energy Portfolio Leon Pexton, Utah Municipal Power Agency
Presentations
Getting a Geothermal Project Online and to the Market Daniel Schochet, ORMAT Nevada, Inc.
The Role of Geothermal in Enhancing Energy Diversity and Security in the Western US Roger Hill, Sandia Labs, GeoPowering the West
Panel II: Power Purchase Agreements
Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems Douglas Hunter, Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems
PacifiCorp Informational Update Ernie Wessman, PacifiCorp
Panel III: Project Development and Management Expertise
Cost and Supply of Geothermal Power Susan Petty, Black Mountain Technology
Amp Resources Bruce Levy, Amp Resources
Panel IV: Permitting, Regulatory, and Environmental Issues
Geothermal – Utah Robert Henricks, BLM
Regulatory Issues Becky Wilson, Utah Public Service Commission

Meeting, 02/24/05

UGWG Meeting

February 24, 2005

Minutes (pdf)

The fourth meeting of the Utah Geothermal Working Group was held February 24, 2005 at the Utah Department of Natural Resources, 1594 W. North Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The objectives of this group were to (1) inform and educate members about geothermal resources and development in Utah, and (2) help remove barriers to geothermal development by creating a set of action items to focus the working group.

PowerPoint Presentations

Crystal Hot Springs Jon Allred, Utah Energy Office
Utah Geothermal Marketing Group Meeting Gordon Bloomquist, Washington State University Energy Program
Renewable Energy and Power,
GeoPowering the West
Patrick Laney, Idaho National Laboratory

Exploring Utah Geothermal Opportunities, 01/20/2004

Workshop: Exploring Utah Geothermal Opportunities

January 20, 2004

Agenda (pdf)

The Utah Geothermal Working Group, the National Geothermal Collaborative, and the Geothermal Resources Council sponsored a one day event, Exploring Utah Geothermal Opportunities on January 20, 2004 at the Marriott downtown at 75 South West Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah.

The purpose of the event was to engage the target audience in an information exchange/dialogue with some of the leading experts in the country, and individuals from Utah with hands-on geothermal experience to explore issues and opportunities pertaining to geothermal development in Utah.

PowerPoint Presentations

Events Influencing Geothermal Development in Utah
Geothermal Resource Development in Utah Robert Blackett, Utah Geological Survey
Geothermal Lease Sale Bob Henricks, BLM
Geopowering the West Robert Neilson, Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory
National Geothermal Collaborative Kathleen Rutherford, Resolve, Inc.
Opportunities and Business Applications
Greenhouse, Aquaculture and Industrial Applications of Geothermal Energy Toni Boyd and John Lund, Geo-Heat Center, Oregon Institute of Technology
AmeriCulture, Tilapia Aquaculture in the Desert James Witcher, Southwest Technology Development Institute, New Mexico State University
Geothermal Economic Impact James Witcher
Relevant Regulations
National Geothermal Policy and Regulation Gordon Bloomquist, Washington State University Energy Program
US Geothermal Policy, Providing Incentives For and Reducing the Risk of Development Gordon Bloomquist
US Geothermal Policy, Geothermal Steam Act Revision Under Consideration Gordon Bloomquist
Utah Geothermal Gordon Bloomquist
How to Finance Development
Exploring Utah Geothermal Opportunities Liz Battocletti, Bob Lawrence and Associates
Geothermal project funding opportunities through USDA-Rural Development Richard Carrig, Rural Business Programs Director, USDA, Utah
What Issues are Developers Faced with that the State Can Influence?
Utah Geothermal Bob Henricks, BLM
A View from the Field, The Developer’s Approach to Geothermal Projects Daniel Schochet, ORMAT Nevada, Inc.
Potential Policy Options to Advance Geothermal Development
USDA-Rural Development Farm Bill Funding Richard Carrig, Rural Business Programs Director, USDA, Utah
Geothermal Progress – The Energy Bill and the DOE Geothermal Technologies Program Robert Neilson, Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory