Industry Group Announces Workshop on Two New Growth Areas for Geothermal in the U.S. — Distributed/Small Power Generation and Direct Use Heating
“This workshop will bring together — for the first time ever — those interested in using geothermal energy for distributed generation and direct heating purposes,” noted
In the last few years, small power technology has been leading geothermal power production into several new states.
For direct use geothermal, market growth for space heating and agricultural drying grew by 9.3% and 10.4% between 2000 and 2005. A renewed interest in direct use in the Western U.S. is being spurred in part by provisions of the 2005 energy bill which encourages direct use geothermal on public lands by:
- Simplifying royalty payments to modest fee
- Allowing non-competitive lease application
- Allowing lease application for only lands needed — no minimum acreage
- Granting states, local governments, tribes use of federal geothermal resources for public purposes at little/no cost
The GEA-OIT Workshop is planned for
For more information, or to register for the workshop or field trip, visit: www.geo-energy.org.
SOURCE Geothermal Energy Association