Geothermal Power Heats Up
Geothermal power is gaining traction on many college campuses, according to a recent AP story: currently 46 schools are using federal stimulus dollars to install technology that uses the temperature of the Earth to heat and cool their buildings rather than coal. Across the country, students have been protesting the use of coal and pressuring administrations to find more clean energy alternatives.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison, for one, is incorporating a geothermal system in a building scheduled to open next fall. The school expects to recoup its $1.25 million cost in 15 to 20 years.
This year, 144 geothermal projects are in development throughout the U.S., aided by a Department of Energy plan to release up to $338 million from the stimulus package to fund early-stage development of geothermal projects. That’s the most money the geothermal industry has received in 30 years.
– Suzanne Bopp