Monday, June 5, 2017

USA, Washington: Support for Geothermal Energy Development in Pacific North-West

Geothermal technology picking up steam in Washington state (Yakima Herald-Republic)

Work is continuing in Washington state to improve scientists’ understanding of how heat rises from inside the Earth, increasing chances that geothermal energy could become a mainstream commercial source.

And Gov. Jay Inslee this year approved a bill to smooth the process for experimental drilling in search of the right areas for geothermal wells.

Sen. Sharon Brown, the Kennewick Republican who sponsored the bill, said she believes the legislation is part of the answer to increasing geothermal use in the state. Geothermal energy is attractive because it is a renewable natural resource, like water or wind.

“I believe this can play a meaningful place in that portfolio,” Brown said.