Geothermal Energy

Pagosa Springs: Drilling and Grant Approved for Geothermal Project

At their December meeting the Pagosa Area Geothermal Water and Power Authority (PAGWPA) formally accepted a grant for nearly $2 million from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA). According to the grant agreement, DOLA will give PAGWPA $1,986,000 from the Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance Fund “to confirm the presence of geothermal resources whereby such geothermal resources can be developed as a possible power source for the area.” The purpose of the Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance Program is to help political subdivisions that are socially or economically affected by the oil and gas industry.

August 8, 2014--Geothermal in Pagosa Springs (Mountain Town News)

Nobody doubts that the Colorado town of Pagosa Springs has hot water. It bubbles to the surface at around 140 degrees and in quantities sufficient to sustain a large commercial spa and several more public pools along the San Juan River.


July 4, 2012--Geothermal study suggests far more extensive resources in area (Pagosa Springs Sun)

Like an artesian well percolating up from the Earth, momentum for harnessing the area’s geothermal resources has gained momentum during the past month.


January 14, 2012--Project to pour water into Oregon volcano to make power (USA Today)

Geothermal energy developers plan to pump 24 million gallons of water into the side of a dormant volcano in Central Oregon this summer to demonstrate new technology they hope will give a boost to a green energy sector that has yet to live up to its promise.


November 8, 2009--BLM considers geothermal leasing in Colorado (Grand Junction Sentinel)

For the first time in the state, the BLM was scheduled this month to offer to sell lease rights to develop geothermal energy. However, the agency has decided to postpone the action until its next quarterly oil and gas lease sale in February.


July 13, 2009--Wastewater treatment site getting makeover in Fort Collins (Fort Collins Coloradoan)

Fort Collins residents and businesses are paying for a $31 million renovation at the city's oldest wastewater treatment plant near Old Town, with the work intended to reduce odors and ultimately produce cl

October 22, 2008--Geothermal development planned for western public lands (Environmental News Service)

More than 190 million acres of federal land in 12 western states will be opened for development of geothermal energy resources, Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne announced today. 


September 2, 2008--Ouray explores muncipal use of geothermal energy (Telluride Watch)

For the first time in more than 25 years, the city of Ouray is exploring the possibility of harnessing power from its geothermal hot springs. Fossil fuels burning in furnaces on Main Street could be replaced with the clean energy stored in Ouray’s deep natural furnaces, say proponents of geothermal energy. 


July 29, 2008--Tangled waters - 5 PART SERIES (Pagosa Daily Post)

At their regular monthly meeting last Tuesday, July 1, the Pagosa Springs Town Council found themselves trying to untangle two big — and seemingly independent — water issues that have somehow become dependent upon one another as a result of ongoing negotiations with the Springs Resort. 


July 29, 2008--A bit of a stink about hot water - 5 PART SERIES (Pagosa Daily Post)

For thousands, perhaps millions of years, the Great Pagosa Hot Spring had been overflowing its banks and spilling mineral-rich, sulphur-smelling hot water across a large open meadow beside the San Juan River.


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