Gerlach Geothermal Exploration Project Environmental Assessment available for review


Bureau of Land Management

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WINNEMUCCA, Nev. — The Black Rock Field Office has prepared and completed the final Environmental Assessment analyzing the impacts to construct, operate, and maintain the Gerlach Geothermal Exploration Project in Washoe County, proposed by Ormat Nevada Inc., 26 LLC.

“Efficient deployment of renewable energy from our nation’s public lands is crucial in achieving the Biden-Harris administration’s goal of a carbon pollution-free power sector by 2035, as well as Congress’ direction in the Energy Act of 2020 to permit 25 gigawatts of solar, wind, and geothermal production on public lands no later than 2025,” said Black Rock Field Office Manager Mark Hall.

Ormat has proposed further exploration of the Gerlach geothermal resource based on results of previous geothermal exploration, including the drilling and testing of geothermal wells and access road construction.

The Gerlach Geothermal Lease Unit is located in Washoe County, less than one-mile northwest of Gerlach on the western edge of the Black Rock Playa. The main access to the proposed project would be from NV-447 and County Road 34. During the one-to-two-year exploration phase of the project, up to 10 people will be employed with the potential for more in upcoming phases.

The BLM manages vast stretches of public lands with the potential to make significant contributions to the nation’s renewable energy portfolio and provides sites for environmentally sound renewable energy projects.

The Decision Record, the Finding of No Significant Impact, and project documents are available to review on the project ePlanning site at For more information contact project specialist Tai Subia at or 775-623-1500. 

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.