Geothermal headlines by U.S. state: California, Colorado, Hawaii, Michigan, New Mexico

U.S. states are turning to geothermal energy.

*California: Universities Present CO2 Energy Potential Findings
*Colorado: Garfield County Resource Data Reported
*Hawaii: UH Considers Geo on Oahu
*Michigan: Tech U Studies Social Geothermal
*New Mexico: Jemez Pueblo Geo Testing Begins

At the American Geophysical Union conference in California, researchers from several universities presented on using unwanted CO2 in mines to create electricity. The goal is to expand the use of geothermal energy.

Commissioners in Garfield County, Colorado this week saw a report on energy resources in the county that represents the first phase of a new energy master plan. Geothermal mapping was included in the inventory as well as natural gas, oil shale, oil, coal and other fossil fuels, wind, solar, hydroelectric, and geothermal resources.

Research in Hawaii on geothermal energy has thus far centered on the Big Island of Hawaii, but the Center for the Study of Active Volcanoes of the University of Hawaii Manoa is interested in studies for geothermal energy on Oahu, Hawaii.

Students at Michigan Technological University are looking in to the social feasibility of Calumet’s geothermal energy use. “the question becomes, how do we get access? Who pays for it? How would it work? It’s complicated,” Richelle Winkler, assistant professor of social sciences, told press.

Jemez Pueblo, a first nation in New Mexico, is looking at using its geothermal resources. Field research will determine whether the resource can support electric power generation. The pueblo leadership is also considering uses for the heating such as houses, greenhouses, fish farming, and a health spa. Testing will begin within a few weeks on a recently drilled well.

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