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Canadian geothermal sector encouraged by announced government funding

Geothermal Potential in Canada by application (source: CanGEA)
Alexander Richter 17 Jan 2019

The Canadian Geothermal Energy Association (CanGEA) feels encouraged by the recently announced federal funding for the geothermal power project by DEEP Earth Energy Production in Saskatchewan.

The recent announcement of Canada’s Prime Minister’s of federal funding of CAD 25 million for the geothermal power project in the Province of Saskatchewan means a great deal for Canada’s geothermal sector.

Alison Thompson, Chair of CanGEA (and former DEEP Board Director) is encouraged by the Government of Canada’s funding announcement for the Saskatchewan DEEP geothermal power and heat project. Says Thompson, “This is a remarkable achievement after many years of passionate work and dedication by myriad industry proponents including the DEEP team, NRCan, Canadian Geothermal Energy Association, SaskPower and Saskatchewan government, and the local community. CanGEA looks forward to the DEEP project paving the way for replication projects in the many sedimentary basins that Canada hosts in almost every province and territory as well as the hard rock project sites in BC and Yukon.”

“CanGEA believes that the use of renewable heat is a worthy goal to include in Canada’s toolkit to combat climate change. The development of geothermal energy also presents an opportunity to transfer Canadian skills, technology and labour from the oil and gas industry to the renewable energy industry. CanGEA members currently have developing projects in western, northern, and eastern Canada, many with ties to Indigenous communities and nationally significant infrastructure projects. Our industry is well positioned to contribute to the economy and the environment in the years to come.”

Disclaimer: The author is a board member of CanGEA