Author: Rachael Tison

Commentary: Deep in the heart of Texas, an energy source is abundant

Cindy Taff, For the Express-News March 12, 2022 Texas has long been known as “the energy state.” I, and many others, have long supported an “all of the above” approach to energy development here. This has been fairly easy given the abundance of varied resources found within Texas. Yet one resource, geothermal energy, has not historically […]

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Texas Geothermal Energy Alliance Launches

Texas Geothermal Energy Alliance Launches Texas-based association to focus on near-term geothermal opportunities   AUSTIN, TEXAS (January 13, 2022)—The newly-organized Texas Geothermal Energy Alliance (TxGEA), a Texas-led advocacy group created to advance geothermal energy in Texas, officially launched operations. TxGEA is a broad and interdisciplinary group of entities engaged in geothermal resource exploration, well drilling, […]

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What is needed to unleash the potential of geothermal power

“Geothermal is really ready for golden time,” says Tim Latimer, founder and CEO of EGS startup Fervo. The appeal of geothermal energy lies in its consistency. The power output of wind and solar power plants varies depending on the weather and time of day, but geothermal power is always on, providing a stable source of […]

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New Austin housing development built for sustainable living, net-zero energy

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Just 15 miles northeast of downtown Austin is a new community redefining sustainable living. Whisper Valley is a community made up of zero-energy capable homes, or homes built and designed to produce a large portion (if not, all) of their own energy. How? By using geothermal energy, solar energy and smart home […]

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The state of next-generation geothermal energy

What would we do with abundant energy? I dream of virtually unlimited, clean, dirt-cheap energy, but lately, we have been going in the wrong direction. As J. Storrs Hall notes, in 1978 and 1979, American per capita primary energy consumption peaked at 12 kW. In 2019, we used 10.2 kW of primary energy (and in 2020, […]

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Disruptive drilling technology to help geothermal power the world

U.S. based technology startup Quaise Energy is looking at disrupting the geothermal sector with a completely unique drilling technology that could help tap deep supercritical resources. Geothermal energy systems have the potential to power the world and become the leading technology for reducing greenhouse gas emissions if we can drill down far enough into the […]

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Texas A&M researchers map geothermal energy using sound

Jonathan Buck COLLEGE STATION, TX — New Texas A&M research is aimed at using passive sounds in fractured rock to map channels for geothermal energy. While seismic surveys can produce a picture of subsurface areas… they can also be difficult to decipher. Now, Texas A&M researchers over at the Petroleum Engineering Department, hope that a different […]

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The biggest no-brainer in all of energy policy

Give geothermal the same permitting concessions as oil and gas on public lands   Eli Dourado Senior Research Fellow It’s hard to overstate the importance of the shale revolution. Unconventional oil and gas wells have made the United States a net energy exporter for the first time since the 1950s. The revolution has been a […]

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