Re-examining potential for geothermal energy in the United States


  • Randy Showstack


New technological initiatives, along with potential policy and economic incentives, could help to bring about a resurgence in geothermal energy development in the United States, said several experts at a 22 May forum in Washington, D.C. The forum was sponsored by the House and Senate Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucuses, the Sustainable Energy Coalition, and the Environmental and Energy Study Institute.

Among these initiatives is an ambitious program of the U.S. Department of Energy to expand existing geothermal energy fields, and potentially create new fields through “enhanced geothermal systems.” In addition, a program of the Bush administration encourages geothermal development on some public lands, and current legislation would provide tax credits and other incentives for geothermal development.