Geothermal Energy

Ben Adler of Yahoo News: ‘Geothermal energy poised for boom, as U.S. looks to follow Iceland’s lead’

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

“We’re kind of on the cusp of moving into the cost-effective range [for geothermal], just like we did with solar, over the next 20 years.”

Roland Horne, professor of earth sciences at Stanford University

DOE to Build a Consortium of Experts to Expand Geothermal Deployment by Leveraging Knowledge, Technologies, and Skills from the Oil and Gas Industry
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.

US Department of Energy

“It’s unbelievable how geothermal has gone under the radar. Now, when you see the bills [in] electricity and the gas prices go up everywhere — at least, around us — it doesn’t affect us. This can be done all around the world. You don’t need to be the most active volcanic island in the world to use geothermal.”

Gudlaugur Thór Thórdarson, Iceland’s environment minister

“Over the last 15 years, huge numbers of wells have been drilled in the United States because of the shale revolution. All of this technology has evolved and grown, and that can be directly applied to geothermal power.”

Sarah Jewett, head of strategy at Fervo Energy

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.

VIDEO: Summarizes drilling the Cornell University Borehole Observatory in summer 2022
Jan. 17 Webinar on Climate & Health Impacts of Methane Gas from Oil & Gas Operations

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.

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