Montana asks Iceland for geothermal advice

Montana Senator Jon Tester recently extended an invitation to a delegation of business and government officials from Iceland to visit his state. The group has planned to visit Montana next month in order to assess the possibility of geothermal power in the region.

Senator Tester co-sponsored a bill on geothermal energy later this year. As part of the National Geothermal Initiative Act of 2007, experts were brought before the Senate Energy Committee to consider the possibility of using geothermal power, like Iceland. Expert testimony contributed to the country setting a goal to use geothermal resources to power at least 20 per cent of the energy needs in the US by 2030.

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Two Elk plant inks transmission deal

Two Elk Generation Partners reached a milestone this week in its decade-long bid to build a coal-fired power plant in southern Campbell County, landing an agreement to transport the power the plant will produce.

The Denver-based subsidiary of North American Power Group said it signed an interconnect agreement with PacifiCorp that will allow Two Elk to deliver 320 megawatts on PacifiCorp’s transmission system to Two Elk customers.

Mine-mouth electrical generation for export has long been identified as an opportunity to increase state revenue from processing coal rather than solely relying on the export of the raw commodity. Building new electrical transmission remains a challenge to those endeavors, particularly for small generation companies that are not also in the transmission business.

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