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Monday, February 05, 2007

Report: Western States Home To Untapped Geothermal Capacity

Fourteen western U.S. states are home to extensive undeveloped geothermal resources, according to a new report.

The states are: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

Key conclusions of the 140 page-report are:

* The West's geothermal resources appear to be more extensive than most people believe;
* The unidentified resource base is a significant near-term target of opportunity with up to 150,000 megawatts of electricity;
* Federal and state policies need to be complementary and support a clear path for new project development;
* Federal programs and tax incentives will make a significant difference; and
* Federal efforts should be tailored to support the specific needs in each state

The report, An Assessment of Geothermal Resource Development Needs in the Western United States, written by Dan Fleischmann for the Geothermal EnergyAssociation.

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