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2011 Canada budget could benefit geothermal

In Canada, the new federal budget has CanGEA encouraged about the future of clean energy in the country. The organization’s new director, Alexander Richter, notes that the budget includes commitments that have implications for geothermal energy projects in the country. These are renewed funding of $97 million for technology and innovation in the areas of [...]

Energy, DOD enhance clean energy cooperation

In Washington, D.C., U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced new steps between the Departments of Defense and Energy to strengthen national security through the continued development of advanced clean energy technologies. Furthering a Memorandum of Understanding that announced last summer, the new steps are intended to strengthen coordination and better leverage the expertise [...]

California lawmakers OK renewable energy rules

In California, the state’s Senate approved a law that sets new rules for utilities to meet aggressive renewable energy standards. The rules would give them 10 years to get one third of their power from renewable sources and eliminates an in-state requirement for those sources. The new bill also establishes the renewable energy goal [...]

EESI contracts CxGBS for ground source pilot project

In Tennessee, CxGBS said they have been awarded a contract with the Energy Efficient Schools Initiative (EESI) to provide technical assistance on ground source projects in five Tennessee schools. CxGBS will assist EESI in coordinating the design, installation, and performance monitoring of the hybrid ground-source heat pump (Hy-GSHP) projects in accordance with the Commissioning Plan [...]

Galwell to chair renewable energy export initiative committee

In Washington, DC, the Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke released the Administration’s plan for a Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RE&EE) Export Initiative, and addressed the first meeting of his newly created Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee. Karl Gawell, Geothermal Energy Association Executive Director, was elected Chair of the committee. Secretary Locke urged [...]

Oregon exploring streamlined geothermal permits

In Oregon, the Department of Environmental Quality is reportedly in the process of restructuring its licensing procedures to allow geothermal exploration wells. To get around an existing exploration stalemate involving water injection, DEQ is suggesting a 10 year general permit to allow companies to inject water in wells during the tests and dispose of the [...]

Five government agencies establish collaboration framework

In Washington, D.C., the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has joined the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Small Business Administration and the U.S. Department of Labor in signing a Memorandum of Understanding in support of the Economy, Energy and Environment Initiative. The goal of the effort, to be [...]

State making GT installation moneys available

Residents of Pennsylvania can take advantage of a new loan program to make geothermal heating and cooling more affordable for home owners. The loans can be for as much as $15,000 at 4.99% with up to 10 years to repay. Officials say that because it’s a loan and not a grant or rebate program, the [...]

U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center earns 3rd DOE grant

In Washington, D.C., U.S. Assistant Secretary of Energy for Policy & International Affairs David Sandalow announced that Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will receive $12.5 million over the next five years to lead a consortium on energy-efficient building technologies, including ground source geothermal, under the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center (CERC). The funding will be matched [...]

Opinion: The U.S. – Will it take the necessary steps to be a renewable energy leader?

Richard Hessler, writing for Renewable Energy World, says “Renewable energy, including photovoltaic, wind, and geothermal provide 15% of Germany and Denmark’s energy. In those counties, utility companies are required to purchase renewable energy at a pre-determined rate. The rate is set once and guaranteed for a set number of years. This gives renewable energy viability. [...]