Monday, January 28, 2013


Often overheard in "green" messages, the generic "renewables" is used to mean bio-fuels, solar, wind, Geo and hydro! "Renewable" only works with library books.

Geothermal power generation (Geo) is seldom recognized as the most cost-effective, least polluting, least resource-intensive AND most endurable alternative to nuclear, coal, gas, petroleum, wind and solar for base/regional power generation. Hydro is the only close competitor to Geothermal -- except for the negative environmental impacts of artificial reservoirs and its dependence on a continuous water resource.*

That probably sounds like a baseless proposition if one were to base judgment on the truly baseless and dismissive assertion, "... the hot temperatures required for power generation are found primarily in the West". The President, the Administration, Congress and most of the rest of us ignore or are innocently ignorant of the enormous potential of Geothermal power generation (25% of Northern California's power comes from Geo; Nevada is the fastest growing developer!) and the enormous long-term environmental and economic burden of the "commodities industrial complex".

Misleading and sometimes absurd coal, gas and oil commercials don't help: "America's Fuel: Clean Coal" or "Clean Gas" or "fulfilling the promise of energy independence" or "energy for the next 80 years". Unfortunately there are no commercials for "unlimited power less than ten miles from everywhere on Earth" or "no GHGs, particulate free!" or "energy for the next billion years".

Once a Geo plant is established, everything except the wires are on-site. All generating equipment and processes are conventional and virtually identical with any other plant that boils water and turns a turbine, except that the "fuel" is directly underfoot. Ownership can be private or public, self-supported authorities -- like water and sewage plants, toll roads, bridges or the Hoover Dam. Production of Geo is not based on direct or services-oriented income and profits from mining, drilling, refining, storage, transportation, re-storage, processing, burning, and trading commodities simply to boil water. The cost of the electricity produced through Geo is not based on commodities markets.

Energy Independence? Geo has the proven capacity to supply all future base-load electricity for the US -- no kidding. Every airport and every domestic military base could produce its own power and power its neighbors. Plants situated on public lands (even Interstate rights-of-way) could provide most of our needs. And don't let Halliburton, Exxon, BP or any of the others to tell you, "It's too deep" ... they drill to the required depths regularly. Can't the drilling cause earthquakes? Think about highway and subway tunnels, aqueducts and ... oil and gas wells all over the world. There is no one alternative for our energy needs, but for regional/base electrical power supply, there is
none better than Geo.

For more, see (for references) and/or (policy).
* (seminal research)

Friday, January 25, 2013

Against the tide ...

To my mind, the most convincing "competitive" analyses for policy change have been sponsored by NREL and the DOE. Though often against the growing tide of $ from the Market to politicians & policymakers, their tools and studies consistently show the clear strategic environmental and financial benefit (for investors, developers AND the lungs of the 99%!) of choosing EGS for base-load electricity generation.

Some of their $tudieS, though, consistently focus on the benefits of slowly dragging out the transition (coal > oil > gas > nuclear > solar > wind) for the 1% and commodities profiteers.
Take a look at the corporate sponsors.

Monday, January 14, 2013

James Hanson, re: GalileoFirefly

Thank you for your newsletter (last, The story about WakaWaka is inspiring.  It wouldn't hurt if we gave a WakaWaka to every school-child in the world and turned off all the lights! Meanwhile, I am ramping up a marketing effort to get EGS on the federal policy agenda. Switching to WakaWaka from the kerosene lantern is a great metaphor for switching to EGS from commodity burning to generate base-load regional electricity!

To give us light, those kerosene lanterns required a whole GHG-spewing, addictive supply chain that grandpa tended to forget about or ignore -- drill, refine, store, transport, store, divide, retail, deliver -- because it seemed the most productive solution to his need.
Every time it ran out of kerosene, grandpa paid real money embedded with profit to a capitalist for some more. Remember the smell and smoke (GHGs)? The Commodities Industrial Complex was already in place to serve and profit from him as it does much more insidiously and profitably from us, here in the office electrified with commodities & their GHGs, all warm and cozy, lit up while we drive our computer and internet.

EGS, like WakaWaka, once manufactured, installed and "connected" to an unlimited, GHG-free energy supply
(within 10 miles of everywhere on earth), could light the night forever.

Below is a copy of a recent email regarding EGS I wrote last evening to a former neighbor, recently appointed District Leader for Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney. With the help of Congress, NY and the DOE, I believe we could start Project Hades sooner rather than later. Maybe within the length of time we replaced steam with diesel, we could generate all our electricity GHG-free.

[see below ]

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Congratulations, Ed /Poughkeepsie Journal

Ed Brancati, District Director, Office of Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney

Dear Ed,
Congratulations and best wishes for continuing your exceptional devotion to public service from an old
Goldens Bridge neighbor! I hope you and your family are well. I want you to know about a special devotion of mine that I've shared with, among many others, Congressman Maloney and others on your staff -- Enhanced Geothermal Systems.

I've begun recruiting support and exploring how to proceed with a "marketing effort" (can you tell?) for a project I've come to believe not only is possible but should be at the top of our national economic, energy and environmental priorities.
Its product and results can't and won't happen overnight. The sooner we begin, though, we can accelerate a sensible and economically sound transformation in our method of generation of base-load electricity and replacement of our suicidal burning of commodities. EGS, along with conventional geothermal, is an obvious, working alternative with literally unlimited, pollution-free potential. The MIT report mentioned below was sponsored by the DOE in 2006, its results recently confirmed by another study.

Here's a brief description from a Poughkeepsie Journal article promoting my presentation at the first of this year's environmental evenings at the Beacon Sloop Club (Friday, January 18 at 7 pm)

"Vane Lashua, a member of the Geothermal Energy Association, will speak on direct electricity generation from deep geothermal energy. A team from MIT [in collaboration with a number of government, business and academic institutions] has estimated that such systems could supply more than 2,000 times the total annual energy use of the United States. Existing geothermal and enhanced geothermal systems generate no greenhouse gases, use only the heat of the earth from directly beneath the facilities to generate electricity, use conventional turbine generation above ground and feed the existing electrical grid. Technical and economic challenges still exist for this emerging technology. Lashua will discuss the need for a national effort similar to the Apollo program to refine and develop new techniques to reach the unlimited and pollution-free resource within 10 miles of everywhere on Earth — straight down."

I look forward to seeing you in the office and discussing how best to move ahead.