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State energy agencies: Why Geothermal?

Why should state energy agencies support the development of geothermal resources?

State energy agencies — regulatory agencies, energy offices, geological surveys, and public service commissions — in the 19 GPW states (see table below) were asked to select the top three most important issues regarding geothermal development in their states.

The following are the results of this informal survey. Issues are listed in order of priority, from the most important to the less important.

1

  • New direct and indirect jobs created

2

  • Reduced consumption of fossil fuels and their production of greenhouse gas emissions

3

  • Displaced emission to the atmosphere of carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, and particulate matter

4

  • Expanded tax base resulting in more tax dollars
  • Reduced energy costs in rural areas; in urban areas

5

  • Revenue from the sale of heat, electricity, or other products
  • Reduced local atmospheric pollution
  • Expanded rural economies

6

  • Clean, low risk, lost cost source of energy
  • Increased energy self-sufficiency and energy security

State energy agencies in the 19 GPW states

Alaska
Arizona
California
Colorado
Hawai'i
Idaho

Kansas

Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Mexico
North Dakota
Oklahoma
Oregon
South Dakota
Texas
Utah
Washington
Wyoming

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Updated 29-Nov-2005

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