ENE-2007-01 Colorado Geothermal Development: Strategic Plan


Designed “to accelerate and enable the exploration and development of the state’s abundant geothermal resources,” this plan outlines the many general and specific ways that geothermal resource development can be supported across the state. Digital PDF download. ENE-2007-01D

From the Introduction:

The Colorado Geothermal Development Strategic Plan is an action-oriented document prepared by the GeoPowering the West Colorado State Working Group. The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) GeoPowering the West (GPW) initiative is designed to increase the use of geothermal energy by linking the power industry, geothermal users, and governments with technical and institutional support, educational outreach, and limited cost-shared funding.

Geothermal resources are most commonly divided into several categories depending upon the temperature, potential use or geologic setting. A high temperature (>356oF;>180oC) resource can be utilized with conventional turbine technology to produce electricity. Intermediate temperature (194-356oF; 90-180oC) resources are suitable for many industrial heat applications and for electrical power generation using binary-power technology. Low temperature (<194oF;<90oC) resources have uses in space and district heating and in many agricultural applications that require lower grade heat. Geothermal heat pumps rely on the even lower, nearly consistent shallow ground temperature.