Geothermal Firm Secures Permitting, Transmission

[] U.S. Geothermal announced that on April 7, 2005, the Cassia County Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved the application for a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for the Raft River Geothermal Power Project. This permit covers the first two plant sites planned for 20 MW of power generation. The CUP permit is a key milestone for the project and triggers the initiation of additional permitting for the planned start of construction in 2005. The Company also announced that the Bonneville Power Administration Transmission Business Line (BPA-TBL) notified USGEO on April 7, 2005 that the System Impact Study for 30 MW of long term, firm transmission from the nearby Bridge substation at Raft River to the point-of-delivery at Minidoka substation has been completed. BPA-TBL has concluded that no system issues were identified, therefore transmission capacity is available to meet USGEO’s request. A contract for the first 12 MW of transmission capacity for the Phase One power plant was requested on March 7, 2005 and is expected from BPA-TBL within the next 45-60 days.


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