Comprehensive Evaluation of the Geothermal Resource Potential within the Pyramid Lake Paiute Reservation

Affiliation(s)PIProject periodFunded by
DHS Pohll, Gregory M 01/29/2010 - 01/31/2013 Department of Energy

Project Description

The Pyramid Lake area lies in the NW part of the Great Basin, which contains the greatest concentration of geothermal fields in the western U.S. (e.g., Faulds et al., 2004). Recent geothermal exploration efforts indicate that the Astor Pass area, located in the northwestern portion of the Pyramid Lake Reservation, shows promise as an economically feasible geothermal renewable energy source (Figure 1). The proposed work will integrate state-of-the-art exploration technologies with geologic framework and reservoir modeling to determine the efficacy of future geothermal production at the Astor Pass Site within the Pyramid Lake Paiute Reservation. The information gained during this study will allow the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe (PLPT) to make informed decisions regarding construction of a geothermal power plant. Additional benefits include the transfer of new technologies and geothermal data to the geothermal industry and to create and preserve nearly three dozen jobs that will serve to stimulate the economy in accordance with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.