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  • 16 Apr 2012 10:33 AM | Ben Northcutt
    In February the Bureau of Land Management completed its second geothermal lease sale in two years, awarding two parcels totaling 8,353 acres for $33,716 to the Double Heart Ranch, owned by Texan Ray Davis.  Davis paid the minimum bid required at $2/acre plus associated administrative and rental fees.  Previous media reports have stated that Davis is concerned about the possible impacts to his 12,000 acre ranch as motivation for seeking the leases.
  • 16 Apr 2012 10:32 AM | Ben Northcutt
    A campus coal plant that produces 85,000 tons of CO2 annually has become a thing of the past with Ball State’s new geothermal heat pump system.  The massive GHP installation, which will heat and cool all 47 buildings on the 660 acre campus, is expected to reduce the greenhouse gas CO2 equivalent impact by nearly 50 percent in on-campus energy conversion and save approximately two million dollars per year in operating costs.  Four bore hole fields are located throughout the campus under recreational areas and parking lots, and in some instances within open green space in campus quadrangle areas.  There are 3,600 five-inch diameter holes, each drilled to a depth of 450 feet, and routed to three different energy stations.  In addition to the economic and environmental benefits, the system will allow the deconstruction of the existing smokestack and cooling towers while providing a platform for field based research and education.  
  • 30 Mar 2012 12:49 PM | Ben Northcutt

    Senator Mark Udall recently visited Colorado's largest geothermal heat pump installation at the new IKEA store in Centennial  Watch video. 

  • 22 Dec 2011 1:51 PM | Ben Northcutt

    In a recent survey, CoGEHPA members identified ‘work w/utilities to support and promote geo’ as a top priority for improving the success of their business.  As a result, CoGEHPA is embarking on an effort to become an active participant in Public Utilities Commission functions and make the voice of geo heard at the table, to establish relationships with key utility stakeholders and to gather insights into legislation that affects members and the industry.  The Board approved a six point plan that sets short and long term objectives for engaging the utility sector.  Members also ranked the lack of consumer awareness as a major hurdle to business growth.  CoGEHPA seeks to tackle this obstacle as resources become available.  We need your help to accelerate both of these efforts  - please join or donate to CoGEHPA today. 

  • 22 Dec 2011 1:50 PM | Ben Northcutt

    Simple.  Go to the CoGEHPA online directory.  Here you’ll find more than 60 professionals who can design your residential retrofit or commercial project, drill your loop field, provide cost/benefit/payback analyses, install your system, offer case studies and help you with financing options.  These are some of the best pros in the state – including IGSHPA certified installers and designers.  Don’t take a chance with strangers – use a CoGEHPA member for your next project.  Please call CoGEHPA anytime if you have questions about locating geo professionals, services, case studies or general geo information – 970 846 0303. 

  • 22 Dec 2011 1:50 PM | Ben Northcutt

    A November poll taken by readers of Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration NEWS shows they predict more growth from geothermal heat pumps than either air source heat pumps or central a/c systems.  Nearly 60% of the 267 votes favored geothermal heat pumps as having the greatest growth rate in the next five years. 

  • 22 Dec 2011 1:49 PM | Ben Northcutt

    2012 could well prove to be the ‘Year of Geothermal’ in the picturesque mountain town of Pagosa Springs in southwestern Colorado.  Led by Mayor Ross Aragon, the community has several projects which will showcase Pagosa’s geothermal resources and the town’s commitment to be a model for green energy production. Mayor Aragon is confident that his town will see the first of three planned geothermally heated, domed greenhouses constructed this summer which will serve as an educational facility for K-12 and college students. Another project will monitor the town’s geothermal wells in order to gather real-time data, measuring the extent of the geothermal aquifer’s behavior as well as the extent of available resources.  Complimenting this effort, geophysics professors from the Colorado School of Mines will lead a team of graduate students in May to conduct deep seismic and geoelectrical data collection.  Yet another project will use shallow drilling to investigate the potential for power production. Read more. 

  • 22 Dec 2011 1:45 PM | Ben Northcutt

    Claiming 25 – 40% faster execution speeds, version 7 of EnergyPlus, DOE’s energy modeling software, is a multi purpose tool that calculates the energy required to heat, cool, ventilate, and light a building. It can model a wide range of residential and commercial buildings and HVAC system types, including passive building designs and low-energy systems.  The software is free and runs on Windows, Mac OS and Linux platforms.  More Details and Download Info 

  • 22 Dec 2011 1:44 PM | Ben Northcutt

    Two parcels totaling more than 8,000 acres will be up for a geothermal lease sale by BLM officials on February 9 at its Lakewood office.  The parcels are located east of Gunnison, where some of the state’s hottest hydrothermal resources have been identified. This is the second BLM geothermal lease sale within the past 13 months, following the Mt. Princeton lease parcels in November of 2010.  Details of Lease Notice

  • 22 Dec 2011 1:43 PM | Ben Northcutt

    Hampered by a late start and just an 18 day drilling window, Aspen’s effort to evaluate geothermal resources has been suspended.  With a test hole at just 1,000 ft, no water has been discovered yet.  The drilling came to a halt out of consideration for neighborhood noise concerns and the approaching ski season.  A feasibility study in 2008 suggested that 90 – 140 degree water might be present, with >100 degree water the threshold for district heating applications.  City officials have not yet determined if the project will resume in the spring.   At the Eagle County Airport near Gypsum, Flint Eagle LLC is in the permitting process for a 4,000 ft test well to explore geothermal water in the Rio Grande Rift.  The well will provide information on volume, temperature and chemistry which, if suitable, could provide heating and energy production options. 

 

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