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Cove Fort Hybrid Plant, USA

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About the plant

The world’s first commercial geothermal-hydro hybrid power plant

The Cove Fort Hybrid Plant was a major milestone in the geothermal industry, being the world’s first utility-scale project to successfully combine geothermal with hydropower technology. Located in Beaver County, Utah, it is a medium-enthalpy geothermal plant that uses innovative binary cycle technology. The installed capacity is 25 MW and can generate up to 160 GWh of energy output each year while avoiding CO2 emissions of around 115,000 tons annually. 

The technology has now been integrated across the company’s two other geothermal sites both located in Nevada: Stillwater and Salt Wells. Stillwater was awarded by the Geothermal Energy Association for its triple energy solution that combines solar photovoltaics, thermal solar and geothermal to improve efficiency and streamline operations.

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Technology

Hybrid - Geothermal and Hydroelectric

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Status

Operative

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Capacity

25 MW

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Energy production

160 GWh annually 

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CO2 emissions avoided

115,000 tons annually 

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Electricity equivalent

14,000+ US households annually 

Timeline

Milestones

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Community Impact

 Enel Green Power invests in the sustainability of its host communities and identifies areas to create shared value with local partners. As part of its local engagement around Cove Fort, Enel has invested in STEM education programs through organizations including Beaver County 4H and Utah State University. 

 Enel partners with Utah FORGE for geothermal-focused STEM education initiatives in Beaver County, using creative instructional methods like a song contest to engage students in the world of renewable energy. More initiatives as part of this partnership are in development.

 

Contacts

Community and Landowners inquiries

Taylor Travis, Operations & Maintenance

Media inquiries

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