U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, and Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) and senior member of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today introduced an amendment to the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness (ESIC) Act that would revise the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to categorize geothermal and other thermal sources of energy as renewable.
"I am pleased to work with Sen. Carper on this common sense, bipartisan amendment that will allow the federal government to meet its renewable energy quota by utilizing cost-effective geothermal energy," said Inhofe. "The multiple benefits of geothermal are undeniable and in demand, but the Energy Policy Act of 2005 failed to classify it as renewable because it does not create new energy. This amendment makes an important, cost-free correction to the law."
"This bipartisan amendment is a common-sense and simple fix that will help our agencies adopt effective and proven strategies to meet their energy needs in a clean, cost-efficient, and responsible way," said Carper. "This measure would not only help agencies save money but also allow the federal government to lead by example in becoming more environmentally sustainable and less reliant on foreign sources of energy. That's what I like to call a "win-win.' I am proud to join Senator Inhofe in championing this amendment and I am hopeful our colleagues will join us in supporting it."
Current federal purchase requirement of renewable energy limit safe, cost-effective energy production by excluding geothermal and other thermal sources. Amendment no. 2989 would encourage further development of America's domestic energy capabilities by modifying the Energy Policy Act of 2005's definition of renewable energy to include geothermal production.