Leslie Blodgett's Blog Posts

- April 21, 2015

Geothermal Earth Day Visual: Shaping Environmental Solutions

Earth day 2015 is an important point in history for the environment. Members of Congress voted to recognize that climate change is real, and President Obama announced goals to cut emissions...

- April 14, 2015

Geothermal Visual: Cost-Competitive Geothermal Can Stimulate Economy

Geothermal energy had one of the lowest average costs of power production compared to other energy sources in 2014. “About 1.2 billion people worldwide don’t have access to electricity,”...

- February 20, 2015

Geothermal Visual: Capacity Factors for Assorted Energy Systems

“Capacity factor” refers to a measure of actual output over a period of time. Capacity factors for various types of energy systems, as recorded by DOE and NREL, are given in the visual...

- December 03, 2014

Geothermal Visual: Jobs Created by Power Plants

The graph above shows jobs created at actual geothermal power plants using information GEA collected over the last few years; companies are kept anonymous to protect proprietary information....

- November 04, 2014

Geothermal Visual: Resource Potential in the Caribbean

The Caribbean is well primed to expand in geothermal production. Most countries in the Caribbean rely on expensive oil for their energy needs, but the islands are situated on continental...

- September 24, 2014

Geothermal Visual: The Importance of Revitalizing the Salton Sea

The visual above is from a new Pacific Institute report, “Hazard’s Toll.” The report looks at what the costs will be if issues at the Salton Sea area, including water and air quality...

- September 17, 2014

Geothermal Visual: Resource Prospects in East Africa’s Rift Valley

The map above shows geothermal prospect areas in East Africa’s Rift Valley region. This month the Geothermal Energy Association looks forward to hosting delegates from Djibouti, Kenya,...

- August 25, 2014

Geothermal Visual: Borrowing a 'Play Fairway' from the Oil and Gas Industry

The map below is shaded grey in the project areas for the geothermal teams that were chosen by the Department of Energy’s Geothermal Technologies Office to receive funding and support...

- August 01, 2014

Geothermal Visual: Comparing the Geothermal Permitting Process to Other Technologies

The visual below, prepared by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), shows the average length of time for the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review process for geothermal projects...

- July 25, 2014

Geothermal Visual: US DOE Announces FORGE Program for EGS Development

The visual below is from the U.S. Department of Energy and illustrates the vision of the newly announced FORGE program (Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy). The...

Leslie Blodgett

Leslie Blodgett

Leslie is located in Washington DC at the Office of the Geothermal Energy Association and serves on the Renewable Energy World North America Conference and Expo committee.

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