INL News Release
April 20, 2011

Kortny Rolston, 208-522-4809,
Misty Benjamin, 208-526-5940,

Geothermal energy workshop aims to coordinate public, private efforts

IDAHO FALLS — Despite the presence of abundant geothermal energy resources, Idaho has never had a cohesive initiative to tap them. Organizers of a geothermal workshop this week want to change that.

The first-ever CAES Geothermal Energy Workshop will be held April 21-23 at the Shilo Inn in Idaho Falls. The workshop is sponsored by the Center for Advanced Energy Studies, Idaho National Laboratory and Idaho's public research universities. The workshop aims to build upon state and regional strengths to develop a comprehensive geothermal research and development initiative.

Participants will include representatives from CAES partner institutions, the geothermal industry, the state of Idaho and the U.S. Department of Energy.

"We want all stakeholders at the table," said Robert Podgorney, an INL and CAES researcher who helped organize the event. CAES partners University of Idaho, Boise State University and Idaho State University teamed to organize the workshop.

The organizers' goals include: identifying geothermal expertise at the CAES partner institutions, identifying ways to enable collaboration, understanding industry needs, identifying research funding opportunities and discussing the possibility of a shared geothermal curriculum among the university partners. Participants will also tour geothermal resource sites in southeast Idaho.

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