GEA Calls for U.S.-Icelandic Leadership in Geothermal Energy

Iceland the U.S. should form a strategic partnership, according to the executive director of the Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) Karl Gawell. He called Iceland’s progress toward developing a clean energy economy “an example of geothermal energy’s potential to address climate change.”

The GEA called for Iceland and the U.S. to become partners “leading worldwide efforts to expand geothermal energy production.” The U.S. produces more geothermal electric power than Iceland, said Gawell, while Iceland has more experience with district heating and direct uses of geothermal energy, heating nearly 100 percent of its homes with geothermal energy. “U.S. industry together with Icelandic and other supporters, can make a significant contribution towards meeting the challenge if the governments of the world would recognize the potential of this resource,” Gawell said. Responding to the Administration’s proposed budget cuts Gawell said, “the Department of Energy may be proposing to terminate its geothermal research program, but there is significant support in Congress and at the state and local level for expanding geothermal energy production that gives us encouragement. In the next few years,” he added “we will see significant expansions in both electric power and direct use energy produced from U.S. geothermal resources with continued federal and state support.” U.S. companies have been engaged in billions of dollars of geothermal power development around the world and, according to GEA, U.S. efforts have led to significant geothermal development in countries such as Indonesia and the Philippines. Gawell called for expanded national and international support for geothermal energy as “critical if we are to meet the challenges facing the global environment.”
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