The small island nation of Iceland is known among environmentalists for its low greenhouse emissions, thanks in part to its reliance on clean, geothermal energy. 27% of the electricity, and heating in 90% of homes, comes from geothermal wells roughly 1,500 to 1,900 meters (4,900 to 6,200 feet) deep, bringing up water at 70 degrees Celsius (158 degrees Fahrenheit). Geothermal accounts for 6% of the electricity produced in California and 10% in Nevada.Yahoo News | January 7, 2023
DOE to Build a Consortium of Experts to Expand Geothermal Deployment by Leveraging Knowledge, Technologies, and Skills from the Oil and Gas IndustryUS Department of Energy
WASHINGTON, D.C. — July 28, 2022 — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced up to $165 million to expand U.S. geothermal energy deployment. The Geothermal Energy from Oil and Gas Demonstrated Engineering (GEODE) initiative will provide $10 million to form a consortium of experts to develop a roadmap for addressing technology and knowledge gaps in geothermal energy, based on best practices used within the oil and gas industry. DOE will then use that roadmap to fund up to an additional $155 million in research to address those gaps.
Deep Geothermal Heat Research at Cornell University
Cornell University is exploring the use of heat from deep beneath the Earth’s surface (“deep geothermal heat”) as a sustainable method to warm its Ithaca campus. The project, called Earth Source Heat, is a major component of Cornell University’s proposed solutions to achieve carbon neutrality by 2035.
Let’s Talk Methane
Tuesday, Jan. 17 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. on Zoom
There is only one month left to make your voice heard for strong methane protections.
Join PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center, Clean Air Council, Environmental Defense Fund, The Evangelical Environmental Network, Moms Clean Air Force, Environmental Health Project, and Physicians for Social Responsibility PA for a webinar on EPA’s new proposal to reduce methane pollution from the oil and gas industry. Tune in to learn more about this proposal, what it means for PA, and how you can take action to protect our health and climate.
EDF Experts Testify at EPA Public Hearing, Urge Swift Finalization of Strong Oil and Gas Methane Rules
January 11, 2023 – (WASHINGTON) This week EDF experts testified as EPA holds public hearings on its proposed rules to reduce oil and gas methane pollution, which build on the agency’s initial proposal and represent a significant step forward for reducing methane pollution nationwide. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas over 80 times more powerful than carbon dioxide over a 20-year period, with methane from human sources driving roughly one-third of current global warming. Smog-forming and toxic pollution is often released alongside oil and gas methane, threatening the health of communities across the country.