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Release Date: 02/23/10
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BLM Utah Geothermal Lease Sale Results

SALT LAKE CITY—The Bureau of Land Management Utah held a competitive geothermal lease sale today at the BLM Utah State Office in Salt Lake City.  Included in the sale were 17 parcels on BLM Utah lands and ten parcels on BLM Idaho lands.  The BLM sold 17 of the Utah parcels on 60,320.319 acres of federal land in the Fillmore Field Office; and, 4 of the Idaho parcels on 10,592.740 acres of federal land.  During the oral auction, BLM received $212,274.00 in bonus bids for the geothermal lease rights.  In addition to the bonus bids, the sale netted $120,654.00 in rental fees and $2,465.00 administrative fees, for $335,393.00 in total revenues from this lease sale.

Ormat Nevada of Reno, Nevada, submitted the highest total bid per parcel and acre—$11 on parcel number 7 containing 5,094 acres in Fillmore Field Office.  For additional Idaho-specific results please visit:

Geothermal energy accounts for 8.5 percent of renewable electricity generation, and 0.3 percent of total U.S. electricity supply. Almost 50% of the nation's production of geothermal energy is on federal land. Utah’s current geothermal production is in primarily in Beaver County where two plants produce 24 megawatts per year.

The Bureau of Land Management administers 29 geothermal power plants, using federal resources in California, Nevada and Utah. The power plants have a total capacity of 1,250 megawatts and supply the needs of 1.2 million homes. Geothermal energy uses steam and hot water generated by heat from the earth. Some geothermal power plants use steam or hot water from a natural underground reservoir to power generators for electricity generation. Others use hot water to provide direct heat for residential and other buildings, and for other applications. For more information, contact the BLM Utah Information Access Center at 539-4001 or go to

February 23, 2010
BLM Utah
Geothermal Lease Sale Results Summary
 Parcels Offered  for Auction
 Parcels Sold  
 % Parcels Sold
 Acres Offered  
 Acres Sold  
 % Acres Sold
 Average Bid/Acre Sold
 Average Bid/Parcel Sold
 Highest Bid/Acre:  
 Parcel with High Bid/Acre:  
 Highest Bid/Parcel:  
 Parcel with High Total Bid  
 Total Bonus Bid  
 Total Rental Due  
 Total Administrative Fees Due  
 Total Receipts Due  
**Totals include bonus bids, first year’s rental and processing fees.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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