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CONTACT: Kathy Kent Schott, kathy@geo-energy.org, 202.454.5263

Earth Day 2015: Geothermal Energy Helps Shape Environmental Solutions

Washington, DC (April 21, 2015) – Earth Day is coming up on April 22, and this is an important point in history for the environment. Members of Congress voted to recognize that climate change is real, and President Obama announced goals to cut emissions by nearly a third over the next decade. The choices made by U.S. and international communities now will shape the way we use energy in the future. Geothermal energy development is an important part of global solutions for a stronger economy, more jobs, greater security and a cleaner environment. (This information is also available as a printable color handout at geo-energy.org PDF).
  • Geothermal energy is a proven renewable resource.
    Geothermal (“Earth heat”) energy is renewable and sustainable. The first geothermal demo lit a bulb in Lardarello, Italy around 1900. In the U.S., The Geysers field in California has been operating since the ‘60s.
  • Geothermal energy is a reliable global solution.
    Geothermal generation is reliable, predictable baseload energy regardless of environmental conditions, meaning it is available 24/7 and can load follow to balance the voltage swings of variable energy resources like wind and solar. U.S. geothermal developers see international growth in many countries that have established climate laws.
  • Geothermal energy can help restoration efforts.
    California’s legislature recently heard testimony on The Salton Sea Restoration and Renewable Energy Initiative, a plan to save an important source of water and minerals in the state. Up to 1,700 MW of low-impact, cost-competitive geothermal energy would be developed as part of the restoration strategy.
  • Geothermal energy is offsetting emissions.
    Nevada’s nearly 600 MW of geothermal power saves around 9 million barrels of oil annually -- the equivalent fuel used by 200,000 cars -- and avoids CO2 emissions of 4.5 million tons.
  • Geothermal energy replaces fossil fuels.
    The geothermal industry offers a smooth transition from fossil fuels. New Zealand attributes the closing of its Southdown gas facility to increased renewables, including 970 MW of geo energy.
  • Geothermal energy has a small land footprint.
    Geothermal plants use one of the smallest surface areas of any energy source for comparable levels of production.
  • Geothermal energy has its own water source.
    Most geothermal reservoirs naturally produce their own reusable water. Consumption is significantly lower than most thermoelectric generation and on par with solar and wind.
  • Geothermal seismicity is monitored.
    Microseismicity is a natural phenomenon that is monitored with sensitive equipment at geo-energy operations. Low-magnitude events near or associated with a project are typically not felt on the surface. Hydroshearing, used in some “enhanced” geo projects, is sometimes confused with fracking but the two have different geologic goals and methods.
Join geothermal industry discussions at the next GEA event, the National Geothermal Summit in Reno, Nevada, June 3-4. This is the leading forum for policy dialogue between the geothermal industry and state and federal policymakers. It is widely attended by the geothermal community, state regulators, federal legislators and utilities. The 2015 Summit theme is “Geothermal Policies as Stimulus for Economic Growth and Environmental Quality.” To register for the National Geothermal Summit, or for more information, please visit http://www.geo-energy.org/nationalgeothermalsummit/Main.aspx. Visit the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1571209836491431/. Join the conversation on Twitter with #GEASummit2015. For sponsorship opportunities or to request press credentials, please contact Yasmin Romitti, 202 454 5263, yasmin@geo-energy.org.

About the Geothermal Energy Association:

The Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) is a trade association comprised of U.S. companies that support the expanded use of geothermal energy and are developing geothermal resources worldwide for electrical power generation and direct-heat uses. GEA advocates for public policies that will promote the development and utilization of geothermal resources, provides a forum for the industry to discuss issues and problems, encourages research and development to improve geothermal technologies, presents industry views to governmental organizations, provides assistance for the export of geothermal goods and services, compiles statistical data about the geothermal industry, and conducts education and outreach projects. For more information, please visit www.geo-energy.org. Subscribe to GEA’s newsletter here. Follow GEA on Twitter. Become a fan on Facebook.
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