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Bono Mack Applauds Investment in Geothermal Resources

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Location: Washington, DC


Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack (CA-45) today praised the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) announcement to fund up to $90 million in advanced geothermal energy technology and research. The Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will boost efforts to harness the earth's interior heat extracted from hot water or rocks and create new, renewable energy for Americans. Noting the abundance of renewable energy potential in California's 45th District - including geothermal energy near the Salton Sea, Bono Mack issued the following statement:

"Renewable energy sources such as geothermal will play a pivotal role in our nation's diversified energy future," said Bono Mack. "At a time when Americans are dealing with record-high energy prices, it is important that we invest in infrastructure that will provide affordable, renewable energy for years to come. Our region is rich in renewable energy potential, including unique geothermal resources around the Salton Sea, and I am pleased that this new funding will help boost efforts already underway to expand clean energy options in our region."

Multiple studies reveal the potential for hundreds of megawatts of energy to be produced from the renewable geothermal resources around the Salton Sea.

According to a recent study by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), enhanced geothermal systems (EGS) represents a large, indigenous resource that, with a reasonable investment in research and development (R&D), could provide the U.S. with 100,000 megawatts of cost-competitive electricity, generating capacity by 2050, or 20 percent of current electricity generation.

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