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Government Opens 190 Million Acres for Geothermal

While the battle over opening new lands for offshore drilling continues to rage, the Department of the viagra no perscription usa 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 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 best price levitra online 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 we recommend gay viagra meet local environmental standards and generic form of cialis regulations.

The profits from the geothermal electricity eventually produced will be split up – half will go to the state hosting the 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 best price for generic levitra 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 click now cialis soft tabs 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

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Experts Say Time is Right for Geothermal

Solar and wind have been the celebrities of renewable energy news coverage recently, but according to the United States Geological Survey and industry experts, geothermal energy is the next big thing.

The current economic crisis and rising costs of oil have led to a push for more geothermal energy production in the U.S., already the world’s leading producer.

In the first government assessment in 30 years, the USGS reports that the U.S. has “identified conventional” sources of geothermal energy that, if fully developed, are capable of generating 9,057 megawatts (MW). One megawatt is equal to visit our site buying generic levitra 1,000 kilowatts, enough to serve about 1,000 U.S. homes, meaning 9,057 MW could power 9,057,000 homes.

Another potential 30,033 MW is available in “conventional undiscovered” sources and 517,800 MW from Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS), sources that have high temperatures and low permeability. This figure makes Google’s August announcement that it was investing $10 million in EGS development pretty exciting.

At an international conference this week on geothermal energy, industry insiders revealed that projects are being developed in Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Nevada, which has the most potential geothermal power, has 45 projects alone. More than 2,100 MW can be produced in Nevada, more than enough to meet the state requirement to have 20 percent renewable power production by 2015.

This news makes me feel like the U.S. is really in reach of utilizing large amounts of online pharmacies renewable energy. Let’s hope that the experts are right, the press coverage increases and the funding follows.

via CleanTechnica


Google is Now America's Largest Investor In Geothermal Research

Geothermal power is getting a closer look from several directions. These new studies are based on "hot rocks" at temperatures of around 150 degrees C (about 300 degrees F) that can be reached by drilling a couple of miles into the earth's crust. This is a much more involved approach than dealing with surface or near-surface geothermal activity, as is used for much of Iceland's power generation.

Google, which has an interest in affordable power to run its growing numbers of server farms, is heavily investing (through in research into the development of geothermal power. In the US, Google is the largest funding source for geothermal research.

At the same time, the Australian government is investing nearly four times as much as Google to develop geothermal power for Australia. "An Australian Geothermal Energy Association report this week forecast it could potentially produce 2,200 megawatts of baseload power by 2020, adding that represented up to 40 percent of Australia's 2020 renewable energy target."

MIT scientists estimate that the US could develop 100 gigawatts of generating capacity from geothermal over the next 40 years at a cost of we use it buy cheap cialis online US$1 billion. The Australians' timetable is much more aggressive, and comes with a higher price tag. "The association estimated A$12 billion would need to be invested to develop the 2,200 megawatts of power, but added the cost of generating electricity would fall to acceptable levels by the time commercial projects were up and running."

The amount of energy that could be generated from geothermal power is potentially huge. The Australian group estimates that just 1 percent of the country's geothermal capacity could provide 26,000 years worth of clean electricity.

Links: Scientific American, Planet Ark


New Mexico Getting First Geothermal Power Project

Good news for New Mexico. Raser Technologies is beginning construction of the state’s first geothermal power project.

Phase one will put out 10 MW starting in early 2009, with phase two expanding that output to 20-25 MW – a fair amount of electricity for a new technology. It will be one of the first in the US to use low temperature geothermal power generation. Because of this technology, the site being used is actually a well drilled more than 20 years ago, but wasn’t hot enough for the capabilities of the time. So previously unusable sites are now able to produce useable energy at a competitive price.

Geothermal is canadian pharmacy viagra legal gaining a lot of viagra 30 mg visibility as an energy resource, from smaller uses like the Colorado Fossil Fuel-Free Community to Google plunking down a cool $10M last week. While the projects so far definitely lean to the smaller scale, it’s possible that improved technology, as illustrated by Raser, could make it a much more interesting renewable energy resource soon.

Via Rasertech


Paris' Orly Airport Will Use the viagra Earth to Heat Itself

In an exciting new departure, the owners of one of Paris’ two big airports have announced plans to meet a third of its heating needs from geothermal energy.

Agence France Presse reports that two 1,700-metre deep shafts are to generic cialis without a perscription be drilled deep under the perimeter of the city’s Orly airport, where water heated by the earth’s core will be drawn upwards by natural pressure. When it reaches the surface, the water, at a temperature of 74oC (165oF), will be injected into the airports heating system.

Unveiling the plans Pierre Graff, Chairman and MD of Aeroports de Paris (ADP) said, “We have the unprecedented luck of having hot water below our feet that can heat a large part of Orly without CO2 emissions. We are the first airport in Europe to do this.”

Pending the results of discount generic levitra online a feasibility study, ADP hopes that, starting from 2011, the $17 million scheme will reduce the canadian healthcare airport’s annual CO2 emissions by 7,000 tonnes from the current level of 20,000 tonnes.

Source - AFP

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