10 May '11, 9am

Geothermal Energy Provides Key to Airport Expansion

The airport’s geothermal system primarily consists of wells drilled beneath the new employee parking lot, which is another twofer: extracting renewable energy from land that is already being used for other purposes. In contrast to fossil fuel harvesting such as mountaintop coal mining , which destroys pristine ecosystems, geothermal facilities can harvest energy from land that is being developed for other purposes, or that has already been developed. This is consistent with a recent study by The Nature Conservancy , which finds that the impact of new wind farms on at-risk wildlife habitats can be mitigated simply by focusing wind turbine installations on land that has already been developed for other purposes. The U.S. EPA has also been focusing on reclaiming millions of acres of brownfields and other former industrial sites for renewable energy and economic development. T...

Full article: http://www.triplepundit.com/2011/05/geothermal-energy-key...

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