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U.S. Army receives funding to explore geothermal district heating option

Buffalo Soldier Memorial of El Paso, Fort Bliss/ Texas (source: Ancheta Wis/ commons wikimedia)
Alexander Richter 19 Jan 2020

Fort Bliss in Texas, a U.S. Army Garrison has received federal funding to explore the option of a geothermal district heating system.

Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced more than $5 million in funding for 11 federal agency projects to catalyze the adoption of energy and water efficiency and renewable energy technologies at facilities across the Federal Government. As the Nation’s largest single user of energy, the federal government leads by example in capitalizing on the substantial opportunity to strengthen America’s economic, energy, and environmental security through implementation of these projects.

Among the projects to receive funding is Fort Bliss, U.S. Army aimed at developing a geothermal resource by collecting geothermal site data and leveraging an earlier collaboration with DOE’s Geothermal Technologies Office that would implement a renewable, geothermal district heating system, increasing the resilience posture of the base and reducing reliance on exterior energy sources.

Source: U.S. DOE