Colorado geothermal commercialization planning, semi-annual report, January 1, 1979 - June 30, 1979

Basic Information
Author: Coe, B. A.
Description:The State of Colorado seems to have significant geothermal energy potential. A prior study showed that about 500 megawatts of electricity could be produced in Colorado with geothermal energy and that about 30 communities could use geothermal for their direct thermal energy needs. A more specific indication of the potential is necessary, however, for several reasons. First, tax dollars are allocated by the Federal government to aid the research and development of various energy forms, including geothermal energy. The extent to which the expenditure of public funds is justified depends upon the extent of the probable return of benefits to the public. In the case of geothermal energy, these benefits come in the form of energy on line at an affordable price and without intolerable negative impacts. Secondly, the Congressional mandate that led to this planning effort requires the encouragement of the commercial development of geothermal energy. It is hoped that providing ideas and information about the geothermal energy potential may help stimulate local communities, users, and developers to develop and use a valuable, but so-far virtually-untapped resource. This report details that potential. Finally, the study describes constraints that are limiting geothermal energy development. Recommendations may then be made for measures designed to overcome those constraints. Elevation was reported as the range 1,010 - 4,401. The maximum elevation value was entered into the surface elevation field.
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Author Contact Information
Distributor Contact Information
Organization Name: Department of Energy
Street: 1000 Independence Ave
City: Washington
State: DC
Zip: 20585
Phone: 202-586-5000
Geographic Extent
North Bounding Latitude: 41
South Bounding Latitude: 37
East Bounding Longitude: -102.05
West Bounding Longitude: -109.05