Geothermal Feasibility Study


Geothermal Feasibility StudyA geothermal district heating system has the potential to offer substantial benefits. The primary benefit is a stable energy price for a long period of time. Other benefits include the potential for a competitive price, use of a renewable, non-polluting, resource plus quiet operation. Further, the Pueblo of Jemez could achieve a measure of energy selfsufficiency and retain valuable dollars within the community.

The material in this document represents several reports, presentations and all of the relevant electronic files developed for the use of Pueblo of Jemez personnel. The intent of the overall project was to prepare a business plan for the beneficial use of the geothermal resources. To prepare the business plan we first worked with Pueblo of Jemez personnel including the tribal council to learn about the interests and needs of the tribe.

This effort was undertaken to determine applicable businesses that were compatible with tribal capabilities as well as offered beneficial economic development opportunities.
The material in this document represents several reports, presentations and all of the relevant electronic files developed for the use of Pueblo of Jemez personnel.

The intent of the overall project was to prepare a business plan for the beneficial use of the geothermal resources. To prepare the business plan we first worked with Pueblo of Jemez personnel including the tribal council to learn about the interests and needs of the tribe. This effort was undertaken to determine applicable businesses that were compatible with tribal capabilities as well as offered beneficial economic development opportunities.

A preliminary analysis of a geothermal district heating system was conducted. The
geothermal heating system, located on the Pueblo of Jemez at Red Rocks, is designed to
serve commercial retail loads for new structures that may be built in accordance with
master planning efforts.

The geothermal system was compared with two alternatives, propane and biomass. Biomass is the least costly system but geothermal is preferred due to supply assurance and compatibility with the scenic considerations at Red Rocks. The cost differential between biomass and geothermal is not substantial. Levelized costs for geothermal fluids are estimated to be on the order of $14/MMBtu while biomass is approximately $11/MMBtu, delivered. A geothermal system has the potential to receive financial support from either government agencies or private foundations.

Source: apps1.eere.energy.gov

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