(WESTERVILLE, OH — July 19, 2011) The
National Ground Water Association strongly supports a bill sponsored by U.S.
Senator Jon Tester (D-Montana) that among other things would establish a geothermal
heat pump (GHP) technology research and development program.
Senate Bill 1142 seeks to amend the
Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. It is cosponsored by Senate
Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) and Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska),
ranking member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, which held
a hearing on the bill July 12.
GHP systems provide heating and cooling
by exchanging heat to and from the ground or surface water.
“We applaud your efforts and those of
Senators Murkowski and Reid to ensure the United States maintains a leadership position
in geothermal heat pump technology,” said NGWA Executive Director Kevin B. McCray,
CAE. “Thanks for recognizing that geothermal heat pump technology is smart, a
great value, and outstanding stewardship of our natural resources.”
The bill would direct the U.S. Secretary
of Energy to establish a program of research, development, demonstration, and
commercial application for GHP technology. The program would award project
grants to state and local governments, higher education institutions, nonprofit
organizations, utilities, and for-profit companies, including manufacturers.
“This farsighted bill’s focus on
enhancing research, development, demonstration, and commercial application of
geothermal heat pumps — while maintaining environmental protections — will help
address the nation’s energy needs in a sustainable manner,” McCray said.
More specifically, the bill seeks to advance
GHP technology in areas including:
The bill would authorize appropriations for
fiscal years 2012 through 2016 and require the Energy Secretary to solicit
grant applications 180 days after enactment.
S. 1142 also would establish a loan program
to support exploratory deep drilling for geothermal energy emanating from the
nonprofit organization composed of U.S. and international groundwater
professionals — contractors, equipment manufacturers, suppliers, scientists,
and engineers — is dedicated to advancing groundwater knowledge. NGWA’s vision
is to be the leading groundwater association that advocates the responsible
development, management, and use of water.
more information, contact: NGWA
Public Awareness Director Cliff Treyens at email@example.com,
or 800 551.7379 (614 898.7791), ext. 554.
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