Thursday, November 17, 2016

USA: How US Can Reduce Carbon Emissions by 80% below 2005 Levels by 2050 - Recommendations for Geothermal Energy Included

Obama administration unveils path for deep decarbonization for Paris Climate Accord (Utility Dive)

The White House has issued a report outlining how the United States could achieve deep decarbonization efforts by 2050, at the same time the nation's commitment to climate change efforts is being questioned worldwide due to a looming Trump presidency.

The vision, unveiled at the United Nations climate conference in Morocco, shows the United States could reduce its carbon emissions by 80% below 2005 levels by 2050, largely by cutting emissions from the electric generating sector.

The report has recommendations for Geothermal (conventional and enhanced geothermal systems):
  • Technologies for faster, cheaper drilling and borehole integrity for conventional and enhanced geothermal systems
  • Improved resource identification for conventional geothermal power production, including remote characterization of potential resources deep underground
  • Improved ability to develop and maintain effective, large underground thermal reservoirs for significant heat extraction
  • Characterizing and controlling subsurface stress and induced seismicity
United States Mid-Century Strategy for Deep Decarbonization (PDF)

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