FRISCO — More than any other country, Iceland has access to incredible amounts of geothermal energy, used to heat entire communities and to produce electricity. Often, the super-heated water spews or bubbles from the ground close to the ice-clad mountains. In fact, the water running off the glaciers is an important part of the geothermal cycles, as it trickles down through the faults in the Earth’s crust — which is cracked and split to begin with in this region — only to be heated by seething magma, and then rising to the surface. The fascinating juxtaposition of fire and ice is one of the most appealing facets of this wind-whipped island in the North Atlantic. Continue reading “Morning photo: Fire and ice”→
By 2025, renewable energy generation could become cost-competitive without federal subsidies — if new renewable energy development occurs in the most productive areas, smartly located to meet the demand from regional population and industrial centers.
Measures would help companies develop geothermal resources and create competitive bidding process for wind and solar leases; part of royalties would be earmarked for conservation
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — House and Senate bills promoting wind and solar energy projects on public lands have the potential to spark a renewable energy boom in the West — and the measures have support from influential conservation groups like Trout Unlimited because they require that part of the royalty revenues derived from energy production on public lands go toward monitoring and mitigating impacts to wildlife.
The bills, sponsored by Senators Harry Reid and Jon Tester and Representative Dean Heller, encourage the responsible development of renewable energy while carefully considering the impacts on the country’s fish- and wildlife-rich landscapes. Provisions of these bills would, for the first time, establish a leasing program for wind and solar energy development on public lands.
The Wind and Solar Leasing Act would create a competitive bidding process for leases instead of the current first-come, first-serve application process.