Today U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) released the following statement after his tour of the Peppermill Geothermal Production Well:
"This project is a great example of one of the ways Nevada's geothermal energy potential can be harnessed. It is in our national interest to promote alternative sources of energy and I believe that renewable energy must be a part of any long-term energy strategy for our nation. Nevada has vast geothermal resources, and I will continue to support policies that encourage renewable energy development in our country," said Senator Dean Heller.
The Peppermill is the only resort in the United States to have a heating source provided by on-property geothermal energy. The Peppermill harnesses geothermal energy to heat the resort's domestic water and mechanical heat throughout the 2.1 million square foot facility.
Following the tour Senator Heller stopped by the 36th GRC Annual Meeting and GEA Geothermal Energy Expo where he met with a variety of geothermal companies.
Senator Heller has been a long-time advocate for an all-of-the-above energy policy that includes the vast geothermal, solar and wind resources we have in the state of Nevada. He has worked in a bipartisan manner towards solutions to harness Nevada's geothermal and renewable energy potential:
Coauthored a bi-partisan bill (S. 2201) to extend important production tax credits for geothermal, wind, and other renewable energy technologies. (Carl Levesque, "Bipartisan Group of Senators Propose New PTC Extension," AWEA, March 19, 2012).
Supported and voted for a renewable portfolio standard (RPS) to encourage clean energy development. (Alex Guillen, "Heller parts ways with his party on renewable energy," Politico, March 8, 2012).
Coauthored a bi-partisan bill (S. 1775) to promote the development of renewable energy on public lands, while protecting important native wildlife habitat.
Authored legislation to improve permitting for renewable energy development on public lands (H.R. 2362).