U.S. Geothermal Inc. Provides Updates on Raft River Expansion and The El Ceibillo Development Project


  • Increased generation achieved at Raft River
  • U.S. Trade and Development Agency approves grant for the El Ceibillo Project

BOISE, Idaho, Sept. 27, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- U.S. Geothermal Inc. (the “Company”) (NYSE American:HTM), a leading and profitable renewable energy company focused on the development, production, and sale of electricity from geothermal energy, is pleased to provide an update on two of its projects.

Raft River, Idaho
The addition of a new production well (RRG-5) and an upgraded injection pump during 2017 have resulted in a total annual average increase of 1.6 net megawatts of generation at Raft River.  The upgraded injection pump was installed in August, after which the flow rate from RRG-5 was increased and additional flow from rebalancing the wellfield was realized.   This increased generation is captured under both our current power purchase agreement and REC contracts, and is expected to provide an estimated $1 million dollar increase in revenue for 2018.

Further improvements to the plant and wellfield are being analyzed and will be considered in the future.

El Ceibillo, Guatemala
U.S. Geothermal Guatemala S.A., a wholly owned subsidiary of U.S. Geothermal, Inc., has been awarded a $825,319 grant from the U. S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA, https://www.ustda.gov/).  The grant provides funding for a feasibility study on the El Ceibillo Geothermal Power Plant Project, which will be led by POWER Engineers, Incorporated, headquartered in Hailey, Idaho.  The scope of the study is to update the resource evaluation, power plant design, financial analysis, environmental and regulatory review, and EPC technical specifications and bid package evaluations, in order to advance the Project to a construction-ready state.  We expect this study to begin within the next two months, with scheduled completion by the end of 2018.

Expenditures at El Ceibillo are being carefully controlled until we see evidence that the energy market is advancing in Guatemala.  The Guatemalan Government announced earlier this year that a Request For Proposals (RFP) for 420 megawatts of energy, which included 40 megawatts for geothermal, was going to be issued in 2017.  There is still no indication of when that RFP may be issued.

“We are pleased to report our progress on increasing generation at Raft River and in moving the El Ceibillo development project forward,” said Douglas Glaspey, Interim Chief Executive Officer. “Through the combination of increased generation from our current operations and planned new power plant construction, we remain focused on our goal of growing the company and enhancing shareholder value.”

About U.S. Geothermal Inc.:
U.S. Geothermal Inc. is a leading and profitable renewable energy company focused on the development, production and sale of electricity from geothermal energy. The Company is currently operating geothermal power projects at Neal Hot Springs, Oregon, San Emidio, Nevada and Raft River, Idaho for a total power generation of approximately 45 MWs. The Company is also developing an additional estimated 115 MWs of projects at: the Geysers, California; a second phase project at San Emidio, Nevada; at Crescent Valley, Nevada; and the El Ceibillo project located near Guatemala City, Guatemala.  U.S. Geothermal’s growth goal is to reach over 200 MWs of generation by 2022 through a combination of internal development and strategic acquisitions.

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Scott Anderson – Director of Investor Relations and Corporate Communications
U.S. Geothermal Inc.
Tel:  208-424-1027
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