Geothermal Operating Experience at Geysers Power Plant

by Paul Matthew, Manager; Steam Generation Dept., Pacific Gas and Electric Co., San Francisco, CA,

Serial Information: Journal of the Power Division, 1973, Vol. 99, Issue 2, Pg. 329-338

Document Type: Journal Paper

Abstract: Operating experience over 12 yr at Pacific Gas and Electric Company's Geysers Power Plant has demonstrated that geothermal electric power generation can be reliable and economical. It has been interesting and challenging. Location, terrain, environment, personnel considerations, and operating requirements are factors that have created new and unique problems compared with traditional thermal power generation practices. Common interests and goals of the steam supplier and the power plant operator have resulted in their solutions. Much has been learned about the selection of equipment and materials that will be used to make future installations more reliable and perhaps reduce power costs. Similar to other means of generating electric power, geothermal generation has certain inherent attributes and liabilities but when viewed in proper perspective with objectivity is sound and economical.

Subject Headings: Thermal power | Power plants | Electric power | Economic factors | Steam power | Natural gas | Terrain | Equipment and machinery |

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