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The Climate Conversation: Geothermal Energy

Updated: Feb 20, 2023

Geothermal Energy, The Missing Link was presented by Windsor Park Neighborhood Association. The webisode included: Kevin Kitz, a geothermal engineer from Boise, ID; our own Dawn Johnston, CEO of Clearwater Reserves; Joe Batir, from SMU Geothermal Lab; and hosted by Martin Luecke and Barrett Sundberg.

The video covered the many types of geothermal energy and its multiple applications for heating, cooling, and carbon-free electricity generation.

Geothermal is a renewable energy source used to heat and cool buildings, supply hot water to your house, and create energy for the electric grid with zero CO2 going into the atmosphere. This energy source runs 24/7/365 and is synergistic with solar and wind power generation. You will find it available directly under your feet, anywhere on earth.

Geothermal energy can efficiently heat and cool your home using shallow ground as a "heat sink" to transfer heat between your home and the earth. Geothermal energy can also be used to generate electricity. This technology requires drilling deep underground for hot water to power steam turbines that generate electricity for the grid. Such installations require the skills and technology currently used by the oil and gas industry.

Considering that more than half of our global CO2 is created by heating and cooling buildings and houses, the WPNA Climate Committee believes geothermal is the linchpin answer to replacing fossil fuels in Texas and around the world, will protect our electric grid from failure due to weather calamity, will dramatically reduce the cost of electricity, and create lots of jobs.

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