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Please join the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center on Tuesday, December 1, at 10 AM EST for an informative public discussion with US and Icelandic experts on the future of geothermal energy in the United States.

While intermittent solar and wind have expanded rapidly across the United States, vast baseload geothermal resources remain almost entirely untapped, with less than 1 percent of total US geothermal electricity potential estimated to have been exploited. Geothermal heat is a reliable and cost-effective form of baseload energy and an energy-efficient option for district heating and cooling, not to mention a potential power source for various industrial processes. And with strong government and private sector support, in addition to technological advancement, geothermal energy could scale up and expand beyond the Western United States and across the country to the nation’s economic and environmental benefit. Policy advancement for US geothermal energy would serve as a catalyst for clean tech innovation and climate action, and provide emissions reductions, cleaner air, energy security, job creation, new market growth, and bipartisan opportunities for renewable energy development.

This event will highlight lessons learned from Iceland, the world’s geothermal industry leader, and will focus on the current potential for US geothermal development; the challenges to geothermal growth and scale; as well as the role of fossil energy companies, Enhanced Geothermal Systems technologies, and government policy in geothermal development. And on the heels of the US election, panelists will explore how the Biden-Harris Administration and Congress can support geothermal growth as part of coronavirus recovery and the energy transition.

You will be able to join this conversation via the web application Zoom, which is accessible through your web browser, the Zoom desktop or mobile app, and by phone. Please register below to receive the Zoom access information for this event.


Keynote remarks by

H.E. Thórdís Kolbrún R. Gylfadóttir
Minister of Tourism, Industry, and Innovation
Government of Iceland

A conversation with

H.E. Thórdís Kolbrún R. Gylfadóttir
Minister of Tourism, Industry, and Innovation
Government of Iceland

The Hon. Daniel R Simmons
Assistant Secretary, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
US Department of Energy

Alexander Richter
Managing Director
Iceland Renewable Energy Cluster; Iceland Geothermal

Ann Robertson-Tait

Katherine Young
Laboratory Program Manager, I-Geoscience
National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Moderated by

Ragnheiður Elín Árnadóttir
Former Icelandic Minister of Industry & Commerce
Nonresident Senior Fellow

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