Arizona maps; California’s flat electricity growth; Hawaii’s developments; Federal funds for a GHP in South Dakota

USGS has a new geology map for Glen Canyon, Arizona. California’s electricity use is staying flat. Hawaii’s residents aren’t all comfortable with geothermal. A South Dakota manufacturer gets federal funding to install a GHP system.

Arizona: USGS Map Shows Geology of Glen Canyon
California: State’s Electricity Use Remains Flat in Contrast With Rest of U.S.
Hawaii: Puna Pono Alliance Resists Geothermal Expansion
South Dakota: Manufacturer Receives Federal Funds to Install Geothermal System

Arizona: USGS Map Shows Geology of Glen Canyon
The US Geological Survey has released a new geologic map for the Glen Canyon area in northern Arizona. The map was prepared by George H. Billingsley and Susan S. Priest in cooperation with the National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Managment, and the Navajo Nation. View it at Pubs.usgs.gov.

California: State’s Electricity Use Remains Flat in Contrast With Rest of U.S.
By Sustainable Energy Coalition/SUN DAY Campaign, source: Energy Manager Today — California’s electricity use has remained flat for the past four decades, while consumption has tripled in the rest of the United States. The average Californian uses about 33 percent less electricity at home than the average American living in the rest of the country. Electricity use per capita in California doubled in the 1960s and has remained relatively flat ever since. Meanwhile, household use in the rest of the US has more than tripled, climbing past 12,000 kWh per person on average. Stricter standards on appliances and home insulation, utility regulations that promote energy efficiency as well as some of the highest retail electricity prices in the country are considered factors in the disparity, in addition to other factors.

Hawaii: Puna Pono Alliance Resists Geothermal Expansion
Members of the Puna Pono Alliance carried out a multi-day march protesting geothermal expansion on the island. The protest was aimed at Hawaii Electric Light Company which issued a formal RFP for geothermal energy and is reviewing candidates. “Puna Pono” Protesters met with HELCO President Jay Ignacio for approximately 45 minutes, in an exchange described as “gracious.” Ignacio was presented with the Alliance’s petition. A statement on the Alliance’s Web site reads: “We want Hawaii Electric Light Company (HELCO) to stop its contract for new geothermal development on the Island of Hawai`i because (1) the contract was excluded from the utility’s recent public planning effort and (2) previous geothermal sites on this Island have been notoriously unsafe, unclean and poorly regulated.” HELCO is expected to announce the results of the bidding in August or September of 2013. Local positions on geothermal energy have been mixed for many years. Hawaiielectriclight.com; Punapono.com; Bigislandvideonews.com; Bigislandnow.com

South Dakota: Manufacturer Receives Federal Funds to Install Geothermal System
Vern’s Manufacturing Inc. of Wessington is a recipient of federal funds to install a geothermal system. The funds are allotted to agricultural producers and rural small businesses for projects to help reduce energy consumption and costs, use renewable energy technologies, or conduct feasibility studies for renewable energy projects. Vern’s Manufacturing was awarded $44,930. Nine of the 631 project recipients are in South Dakota. Plainsman.com

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