As the new president of the Western Governors Association, Colorado Democratic Governor Jared Polis has launched a bipartisan initiative that urges other Western states to use geothermal energy.
“Geothermal energy is an opportunity to save people money, boost local economies, and help us achieve 100% renewable energy in Colorado by 2040,” Polis said in a statement. communicated.
“I look forward to advancing toward clean, lower-cost energy through the Heat Beneath Our Feet initiative and the strong bipartisan partnership of the WGA that will lead geothermal energy innovation.”
Polis made the announcement at the association’s recent meetings in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
The initiative will examine opportunities and barriers to increased deployment of geothermal energy technologies for power generation and heating and cooling systems in western states. Much of the nation’s high-efficiency geothermal power capacity is in the western United States.
A report on the results of the initiative will be released at the organization’s annual meeting next year in Boulder.
Utah Governor Spencer Cox, a Republican, tweeted his enthusiastic support for the initiative: “Utah looks forward to working with Colorado and our other western governors on their exciting bipartisan geothermal initiative.
Utah is one of seven states to produce large-scale electricity from geothermal sources. Geothermal energy is a key part of Cox’s energy and innovation plan unveiled in May.
The Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy in Beaver County or FORGE for short, is an international research and demonstration project aimed at commercializing vast geothermal resources in a financially viable manner.
The Department of Energy spends some $200 million to support research.
FORGE seeks to harness renewable geothermal energy from wells thousands of feet deep where temperatures exceed 400 degrees.
Using improved geothermal technology that works like a radiator, steam would be generated to power turbines that would convert it into power.