Thursday, July 7, 2016

Deep Geo Proposal Proposal

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Subject: Grant & development opportunity: Geothermal
Date: Wed, 6 Jul 2016 16:59:18 -0400
From: Vane Lashua
To: Mitchell Daniels
CC: Chip Orben , Dan Parker

The Office of Purdue University President Mitchell Daniels

I would like to meet with President Daniels to discuss the potential role of Purdue in a project to engineer, make available and use geothermal energy for electricity generation virtually anywhere in the US. Among "renewable", fossil and nuclear sources of energy, geothermal is the cleanest and least expensive -- and it is unlimited and uninterruptible. Such a project would be on the scale of the Ball State geothermal project, BUT would explore and define a more extended role of geothermal energy.

Having moved back to my hometown in January after 45 years, I am interested in championing both the immediate economic opportunity for the state and the long-term benefits for the environment. Over the last eight years, I have worked with Geothermal Energy Assn. staff and members, met with Department of Energy leaders and staff and lobbied in Congress to educate myself on the possibilities.

To borrow part of an email I sent last week after a meeting with Duke Energy (Chip Orben)  & head of the Fayette County Economic Development Group (Dan Parker),
... proving the universal environmental and economic benefits of geothermal electricity generation would also have dramatic positive impacts. Doing "good" that brings economic, environmental and social benefits, multiplies the benefits to its contributors. That, I believe, can be part of the "ask" to Duke Energy Indiana, Purdue, IU, the State and the DOE: "Let us explore and demonstrate a proven sound, strategic and economical means of clean energy generation that will benefit the Earth, our economy and your bottom line -- right here in Indiana."
Looking forward to discussing geothermal research possibilities,
C. Vane Lashua
1504 West 7th Street, Connersville, IN 47331

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