Jennifer Runyon, Managing Editor, RenewableEnergyWorld.com
November 20, 2012 | 14 Comments
As Sandy ravaged parts of North America three weeks ago, hundreds of power generation assets were threatened. According to SNL Energy, there were 731 operating power plants of 10 MW or larger in the path of the storm. Among these facilities were 20 nuclear plants, 80 coal-fired plants, 237 gas-fired plants and 394 plants of various other fuel types, including hydropower, solar, biomass and wind power plants.
Sandy Raises Interest in Geothermal Heating and Cooling
According to an article in the NY Times, Hurricane Sandy is helping to show more New York City building owners the value of geothermal systems for heating and cooling. The article points to the many unearthed half-empty fuel tanks that popped up in flooded areas across regions hardest hit by the storm. Geothermal systems, which use the constant 40- or 50-degree temperature of the earth as their fuel – as opposed to oil – are safer and more environmentally friendly than their fossil-fuel counterparts. (See a diagram of how the systems work, above.)
David E. Reardon, manager of geothermal drilling for Long Island-based Miller Environmental Group is quoted in the NY Times article saying that since the storm he has been fielding more calls from building owners interested in geothermal systems than ever before. Since Hurricane Sandy destroyed so many heating and cooling systems, expect to hear more about geothermal in New York in the coming year. According to the article, more geothermal systems are already installed in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania than anywhere else in the United States.
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