Geo energy news briefs from U.S. states: Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii

Regional news about geothermal energy in U.S. states.

*Arizona: SRP Finds Answers in Geo Energy
*California: Salton Sea Supporters Connect
*Connecticut: Geo Systems Gaining Popularity
*Delaware: Governor Supports Geothermal
*Hawaii: UH Studies Geo on Big Island Private Land

The Salt River Project utility, serving much of Phoenix and central Arizona, is turning to geothermal energy: it has agreements with Utah’s newly opened geothermal facility at Cove Fort and with Hudson Ranch geothermal in California. Salt River must reach 20% electricity from renewable resources by 2020.

An article on LATimes.com discusses the Imperial Irrigation District/Imperial County Board of Supervisors plan for increased geothermal energy, and the California Natural Resources Agency’s report on saving the Salton Sea from further environmental damage has a deadline for May 2016.

In Connecticut there are now nearly 60 active geothermal projects, primarily ground source heating and cooling projects.

Delaware Governor Jack Markell this week praised the state’s use of geothermal and other steps toward clean energy and efficiency.

University of Hawaii has identified geothermal potential on Parker Ranch, a large private landowner on the Big Island of Hawaii. The ongoing study by UH’s Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology will help determine potential for ranch use as well as whether there are deep geothermal resources on the land.

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