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EA-1849: Final Environmental Assessment

Tuscarora Geothermal Power Plant, Elko County, Nevada; Jersey Valley Geothermal Project, Pershing County, Nevada; and McGuiness Hills Geothermal Project, Lander County, Nevada

Ormat Nevada Inc. (ORMAT), through its subsidiaries, proposes to construct and operate three geothermal power production facilities and associated power transmission lines in northern Nevada. The power production facilities include the Tuscarora Geothermal Power Plant Facility (Tuscarora Facility) in Elko County, the Jersey Valley Geothermal Development Facility (Jersey Valley Facility) in Pershing County, and the McGinness Hills Geothermal Facility (McGinness Hills Facility) in Lander County (Figure 1). The Hot Sulphur Springs Transmission Line (Transmission Line) would connect the Tuscarora Facility to NV Energy’s Humboldt Substation in Elko County. The Proposed Action to be addressed in this Environmental Assessment (EA) is issuance of a loan guarantee to John Hancock Financial Services for the ORMAT Nevada OFC 2 LLC Project by the United States Department of Energy (DOE) for development of these three geothermal power production facilities and related transmission capacity. In this EA, the term Proposed Action refers to issuance of the loan guarantee for the three geothermal power production facilities and the transmission line.