ARKANSAS, January 3 (Future Headlines)- As the world grapples with the imperative to transition to cleaner and sustainable energy sources, geothermal energy is emerging as a promising solution. Project InnerSpace, following the success of its groundbreaking study in Texas, is set to launch two more state-specific geothermal studies in Oklahoma and Pennsylvania. These studies aim to delve into the location, quality, and potential of geothermal resources in each state, providing valuable insights into the feasibility of geothermal energy development. The collaborative nature of these studies, involving diverse stakeholders, highlights the unique position of geothermal energy as a unifying force in the pursuit of clean and reliable power.
The foundation for the upcoming geothermal studies in Oklahoma and Pennsylvania was laid with the publication of “The Future of Geothermal in Texas.” This first-of-its-kind study became a catalyst for bipartisan support, bringing together stakeholders from various backgrounds who traditionally might not find common ground. The success of the Texas report demonstrated that geothermal occupies a unique space in the energy landscape, where environmental advocates and representatives from the oil and gas industry can collaborate for a common cause.
Project InnerSpace is committed to leveraging the collaborative potential of geothermal energy. As the world becomes more polarized on energy issues, geothermal stands out as an area where divergent groups can unite. The focus of Project InnerSpace’s funding and efforts lies in this convergence, where environmentalists and oil and gas entities find common ground. By initiating state-specific geothermal studies, the organization aims to provide scientific insights that will inform decision-making processes for governments, industries, and other stakeholders.
The “Future of Geothermal in Pennsylvania” report, scheduled for publication in the summer of 2024, holds the promise of being a roadmap for harnessing geothermal energy in the state. Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Interim Acting Secretary Jessica Shirley emphasizes the significance of clean, renewable energy for the state’s economy, air quality, and overall community success. The report will not only analyze the state’s geothermal resources but will also address the role of the oil and gas industry in fostering rapid growth. Additionally, it will explore environmental, regulatory, and legal considerations relevant to Pennsylvania’s unique energy landscape.
In Oklahoma, a historically significant oil and gas state, the “Future of Geothermal in Oklahoma” report will play a crucial role in leveraging the state’s expertise in energy innovation. The Petroleum Alliance of Oklahoma’s President, Brook Simmons, acknowledges the leadership of Oklahoma’s oil and gas innovators in technology development for clean, reliable geothermal power generation. The collaboration between academic institutions and industry entities in Oklahoma will contribute to crafting development-friendly policies and advancing scientific knowledge to support geothermal development.
Geothermal energy’s ability to unite traditionally opposing groups is a theme that runs through Project InnerSpace’s approach. The success observed in Texas, where stakeholders rallied in support of geothermal during a legislative session, serves as a model for bipartisan action. Project InnerSpace recognizes this opportunity and aims to replicate it in Pennsylvania and Oklahoma. The organization is actively leaning toward the potential for cross-party collaboration in advancing geothermal energy, even in regions where alternative energy sources face challenges.
The success of state-specific geothermal studies depends on robust collaboration and academic partnerships. For the Oklahoma study, collaborators include The University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, The University of Tulsa, and The State Chamber Research Foundation. In Pennsylvania, research will be conducted in collaboration with institutions such as Pennsylvania State University, Drexel University, Villanova University, and Washington & Jefferson University. These collaborations signify a comprehensive and interdisciplinary approach to understanding and unlocking each state’s geothermal potential.
The launch of geothermal studies in Oklahoma and Pennsylvania is just the beginning. Project InnerSpace has ambitious plans to extend its research to five more states by late 2024. These upcoming studies will focus on Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, North Dakota, and West Virginia. By broadening the scope of state-specific geothermal analyses, Project InnerSpace aims to contribute valuable data and insights to the broader conversation on sustainable energy.
Reporting by Kevin Wood; Editing by Sarah White