Thursday, April 28, 2016

Canada: Call to Jump Start Geothermal Industry

Canada Has Enormous Geothermal Potential. Why Aren’t We Using it? (DeSmog Canada)

Stephen Grasby photographs Hellisheidi, the world's largest geothermal power station outside of Reykjavik, Iceland. Photo: Carol Linnitt.

Like a stand of eager horses chomping at the bit, Canada’s young geothermal industry is waiting impatiently at the starting line, ready for the race to begin.

But there’s no starting pistol in sight. At least, not yet.

Getting geothermal projects up and running in Canada “has been harder than it needs to be,” according to Alison Thompson, founder and president of the Canadian Geothermal Energy Association (CanGEA).

Thompson, along with a group of delegates from Canada’s geothermal industry, is currently in Reykjavik at the Iceland Geothermal Conference where delegates, experts and scientists from around the world are swapping stories from the geothermal trenches.

Despite having the second largest delegation at the conference after Iceland, Canada has little to show or tell.

“Canada has an incredibly high quality resource and we can’t even get out of the starting gate,” Thompson told DeSmog Canada.

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