16 Dec '11, 9pm

Geothermal Energy Association commends Senate Energy Committee on passage of

Washington, D.C. (December 15, 2011) – The Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) today applauded the Senate Energy Committee for moving the ball forward for geothermal energy by passing two important geothermal measures, S. 1142 and S. 1149. "These two measures will support exploration drilling, expand geothermal research into heating uses, and expedite leasing and development," remarked GEA Executive Director Karl Gawell. S. 1142, the Geothermal Exploration and Technology Act of 2011, is sponsored by Senators Tester, Reid, Murkowski and Begich. It has three major provisions: 1) it proposes a new federal loan program to promote exploratory geothermal drilling, along with the mapping and development of the nation's substantial untapped geothermal potential; 2) it expands geothermal research into direct use and heat pump technologies; and 3) it facilitates the use of geotherma...

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