Geothermal Energy en Northwest's Second Geothermal Power Plant Enters Service <div id="full_story"><p></p><p></p><p>The Northwest's second geothermal power plant has entered service. A Boise-based company called U.S. Geothermal built the project at <a href="" target="_blank">Neal Hot Springs</a>, near the small town of Vale in eastern Oregon.</p><p>The company's CEO Daniel Kunz says a good renewable energy resource and nearby transmission lines made Neal Hot Springs attractive for geothermal power generation.</p> Wed, 21 Nov 2012 17:47:48 +0000 Tom Banse 17025 at Northwest's Second Geothermal Power Plant Enters Service Report: Geothermal Industry Is Expanding <p>A new report says the geothermal industry is steadily growing.&nbsp;Projects are planned throughout the Northwest.</p><p>Although renewable energy development faces uncertainties with production tax credit extensions, the Geothermal Energy Association says its industry is expanding. A new report found about 150 projects in the works in the western United States.</p><p>Karl Gawell&nbsp; is the association&rsquo;s executive director. He says several projects are opening up new areas for geothermal development. Washington is one. Gawell says finding new resources can sometimes be tricky.</p> Thu, 05 Apr 2012 15:55:57 +0000 Courtney Flatt 3668 at