Priligy online now, save money

OCT 24

Recent Comment

"Thats a lot of land, didnt know all that energy was under there..."

View all Comments

Government Opens 190 Million Acres for Geothermal

While the battle over opening new lands for offshore drilling continues to rage, the Department of the Interior made a bold statement yesterday by unlocking more than 190 million acres of federal lands to be leased for renewable, geothermal power development. These acres, which are contained in 12 different states (all in the western/southwestern parts of private uk viagra prescription the country), are reportedly capable of producing over 5,000 megawatts of power by 2015 and over 12,000 megawatts by 2025, enough to power millions of homes.

Unlike some of more controversial oil drilling sites (such as ANWR), the geothermal legislation is careful to exclude all national parks or designated wilderness areas from geothermal development. Of course, the geothermal developers themselves will also have to meet local environmental standards and regulations.

The profits from the geothermal electricity eventually produced will be split up – half will go to the state hosting the i recommend order prescription levitra power plant, a quarter to the local county and the last quarter to a federal fund being dedicated to future development of geothermal power.

190 million acres is a lot, especially when you consider a study done at MIT last year, which talked about “enhanced geothermal” potential. They essentially said that it is possible to generate geothermal electricity in parts of the ground once thought not suitable for the job. Unlike traditional systems, which require land with hot subterranean liquids, enhanced geothermal can work in places where the earth beneath is hot, but not necessarily wet – which are far more prevalent. I don’t know if the 5,000/12,000 megawatt estimate takes into account enhanced geothermal potential, but if not – then these newly opened acres may yield far more geothermal power.

Via Treehugger

Image via orange137's Flickr

Hits: 20741
Comments (5)Add Comment
written by Ken Roberts, October 24, 2008
Still too much red tape.
preserve natural hot springs
written by michael Bayes, October 26, 2008
I just hope someone is paying attention to preserving natural hot springs and similar phenomena as they did not do at say " The Geysers" in Northern California
written by Andrew Onu, November 06, 2008
I'm not sure I get the economics of this. You're saying that 1/2 of profits goes to the State, 1/4 goes to the local government and 1/4 goes to a federal development fund.

So why would I want to lease the land and develop it for geothermal energy, if the government is taking 100% of the profits? Surely, there is something wrong with the viagra online canada numbers you provide in your story...
written by Jeremy, May 26, 2009
u could just harvest the energy and heat of no prescription tramadol a volcano . or geothermal and tidal for an underwater volcano!
written by Fred, July 21, 2009
Thats a lot of land, didnt know all that energy was under there

Write comment

security code
Write the displayed characters


Are you an EcoGeek?

We've got to keep 7 billion people happy without destroying our planet. It's the biggest challenge we've ever faced....but we're taking it on. Are you with us?

The Most Popular Articles