The Texas Geothermal Energy Alliance
The Texas Geothermal Energy Alliance (TXGEA) is a Texas-based, Texas-led advocacy organization created for the purpose of advancing geothermal energy in Texas
TxGEA is comprised of a broad and interdisciplinary group of entities engaged in geothermal resource exploration, well drilling, plant construction, resource production and markets. These supporters include representatives from the oilfield service sector, oil & gas operators, utilities, start-up companies working to advance geothermal relevant technologies, and leading scientists and engineers from a number of academic institutions across Texas.
The Texas energy sector has benefitted tremendously from a diversified energy portfolio that has included oil, natural gas, wind, solar, coal, and nuclear power. In addition to these resources, Texas is also fortunate to have a tremendous amount of undeveloped geothermal resources, which could be developed in the near term to decarbonize residential and industrial heating and cooling, as well as to produce reliable and secure baseload electricity.
The intellectual capital of the Texas Oil &Gas Industry, including skillsets, assets, methodologies, and technological expertise, coupled with its highly skilled workforce, will provide a pivotal advantage for fast industry growth and scale. In turn geothermal resource development will provide new opportunities for the Texas oil and gas sector, leveraging core competencies while developing a virtually inexhaustible clean energy resource in the state.
Paradigm shifting technology advancements within the oil and gas industry over the past decade, along with a significant increase in the number of oil and gas professionals engaged in geothermal ventures over the past years have enabled a new realm of possibilities to advance scalable geothermal concepts.
These advances, coupled with energy market incentives and a supportive legislative and regulatory framework will unleash the potential of geothermal energy inTexas, as well as position Texas as the global epicenter of next generation geothermal innovation. TXGEA will work with various stakeholders and supporters to identify policy challenges and solutions, with he goal of scaling geothermal to its full potential the State of Texas.
A forthcoming foundational study, funded by the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation, will inform the mission of the TXGEA. The ‘Future of Geothermal in Texas’ study is a robust, cross-state, multi-institution initiative, a roadmap for future progress in geothermal in the Lone Star State. Publication is expected in spring 2022, and early results are promising.