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March 5, 2014
2013 Geothermal Technologies Office Peer Review Technical Report

The 2013 Geothermal Technologies Office Peer Review Report is now available for download. The report provides a summary and compilation of expert, independent technical feedback on GTO-funded projects, as well as feedback from the Peer Review meet

February 28, 2014
Energy Department Opens National Competition to Advance Awareness on Geothermal Energy

In support of President Obama's commitment to a clean energy future, the Energy Department announced today a new geothermal student competition: GeoEnergy Is Beautiful 2014 to promote geothermal energy as a player in the nation's renewable energy

February 26, 2014
JASON Study Highlights Huge Potential for EGS

A new study commissioned by the Energy Department's Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO) highlights the vast potential for enhanced geothermal systems (EGS) to provide clean, reliable, and sustainable energy to American homes and businesses.

February 24, 2014
Energy Department Announces $10 Million to Speed Enhanced Geothermal Systems into the Market

In support President Obama’s all-of-the-above energy strategy, the Energy Department today announced $10 million to improve subsurface characterization for enhanced geothermal systems (EGS) by developing state-of-the-art methods that quantify critical underground reservoir properties as they change over time.

February 21, 2014
DOE Announces Notice of Intent for EGS Observatory

The Energy Department announced today its intent to issue a funding opportunity to establish a dedicated subsurface laboratory called the Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE). This first-of-its-kind effort will promote t

February 21, 2014
Energy Department Announces $10 Million to Accelerate Enhanced Geothermal Systems Commercialization

In support of President Obama's all-of-the-above energy strategy, the Energy Department today announced $10 million dollars to improve subsurface characterization for enhanced geothermal systems (EGS) by developing state-of-the-art methods to quan

February 7, 2014
The Energy Department's Geothermal Technologies Office Releases 2013 Annual Report

The 2013 Annual Report: featuring highlights and accomplishments in the Office's portfolio of projects is now available!

February 6, 2014
Energy Department Announces $3 Million to Lower Cost of Geothermal Energy and Boost U.S. Supply of Critical Materials

The Energy Department today announced $3 million for research and development to help grow U.S. low-to-moderate temperature geothermal resources and support a domestic supply of critical materials, such as lithium carbonate and rare earth element

January 31, 2014
Energy Department Announces $3 Million to Identify New Geothermal Resources

Play Fairway Analysis is a practice first developed in the O&G industry that uses regional and detailed geologic and geophysical data to build a detailed picture of a buried basin to identify the most likely candidate locations for drilling.

January 30, 2014
Energy Department Announces $3 Million to Identify New Geothermal Resources

The U.S. Department of Energy today announced $3 million to spur geothermal energy development using play fairway analysis. This technique identifies prospective geothermal resources in areas with no obvious surface expression by mapping the most favorable intersections of heat, permeability, and fluid. While commonly used in oil and gas exploration, play fairway analysis is not yet widely used in the geothermal industry.

January 30, 2014
Immediate Need for Science and Technology Policy Fellowships in the Geothermal Technologies Office

The Geothermal Technologies Office is seeking Science and Technology Policy Fellows to join the office in managing pathfinding science and engineering initiatives.

January 28, 2014
DOE Solicits Feedback on Subsurface Characterization to Commercialize Viable EGS

To better engineer commercially viable EGS technologies, the Energy Department is soliciting information to more accurately measure and quantify vital subsurface parameters in EGS settings and how they change throughout EGS development phases.

January 21, 2014
Mineral Recovery Creates Revenue Stream for Geothermal Energy Development

Find out more about Notice to Issue Financial Opportunity Announcement on "Low-Temperature Mineral Recovery Program," a targeted GTO initiative focused on strategic mineral extraction as a path to optimize the value stream of low-to-moderate-tempe

January 7, 2014
Energy Department Announces $3 Million to Support Clean Energy Businesses and Entrepreneurs

The Energy Department today announced $3 million to support clean energy business incubators.

January 2, 2014
Department of Energy Releases $8 Billion Solicitation for Advanced Fossil Energy Projects

The Energy Department published a solicitation making up to$8 billion in loan guarantee authority available to support innovative advanced fossil energy projects that avoid,reduce, or sequester greenhouse gases.

December 17, 2013
New Working Fluids Cut a Wider Swath of Geothermal Reserves

Scientists at the Energy Department's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have made a commercially viable discovery: how to capture substantially more heat from low-temperature resources. In a market where binary working fluids are costly

December 13, 2013
Downhole Sensor Holds Transformative Potential

Long-term operation of electronics at high temperatures remains a challenge for the geothermal sector; many downhole sensors are prone to failure when deployed in high-temperature wells, which limits the availability and complexity of logging tools av

December 11, 2013
The Geothermal Technologies Office Congratulates this Year's GEA Honors Awardees

On December 10, the Geothermal Energy Association announced its 2013 GEA Honors awards for advances and achievements in geothermal energy. Among this year's eleven winners and honorable mentions are five projects that the Energy Department investe

December 9, 2013
GEA Honors Geothermal Leaders

The Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) has announced the winners for the GEA Honors, which recognize companies and individuals that have made significant contributions during the past year to advancing technology, spurring economic development an

December 3, 2013
Seismic Monitoring a Critical Step in EGS Development

The ability to accurately locate and characterize the release of seismic energy, generated from micro earthquakes(MEQ) is of paramount importance to the development and monitoring of EGS. A small innovative business, MagiQTechnologies Inc. has devel

April 12, 2013
Nevada Deploys First U.S. Commercial, Grid-Connected Enhanced Geothermal System

As part of the Obama Administration’s all-of-the-above energy strategy, the Energy Department recognized the nation’s first commercial enhanced geothermal system (EGS) project to supply electricity to the grid.

September 8, 2011
Department of Energy Awards up to $38 Million to Advance Technology and Reduce Cost of Geothermal Energy

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced $38 million over three years for projects to accelerate the development of promising geothermal energy technologies and help diversify America’s sources of clean, renewable energy. Thirty-two innovative projects in 14 states will develop and test new ways to locate geothermal resources and improve resource characterization, drilling, and reservoir engineering techniques, which will enable geothermal energy sources to help reduce the nation's reliance on fossil fuels.

June 23, 2011
Department of Energy Awards More Than $11 Million to Advance Innovative Geothermal Energy Technologies

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced that eight projects in five states - California, Connecticut, Louisiana, Texas, and Utah - have been selected to receive up to $11.3 million to support the research and development of pioneering geothermal technologies.  The projects selected today will foster innovation in the technologies and methods used to generate geothermal energy, which will help strengthen U.S. energy security and increase America's competitiveness in the global clean energy economy.

June 8, 2011
Department of Energy Announces up to $70 Million to Advance Technology and Reduce Cost of Geothermal Energy

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In support of President Obama's goal of generating 80% of the country's electricity from clean energy sources by 2035, U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced the availability of up to $70 million in new funding over three years for technology advancements in geothermal energy to accelerate development of this promising clean energy resource.

February 24, 2011
Department of Energy Finalizes $96.8 Million Loan Guarantee for Oregon Geothermal Project

Project Will Use First-of-a-Kind Technology That Could Expand Geothermal Resource Development