U.S. Energy Secretary visits Chena Hot Springs, Alaska

U.S. Energy Secretary visits Chena Hot Springs, Alaska Chena Hot Springs, Alaska/ U.S. (source: flickr/ r.rosenberger, creative commons)
Francisco Rojas 20 Aug 2014

U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz visits the unique geothermal location of Chena Hot Springs Resort, a resort in Alaska with its own geothermal heating and power generation.

United States Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz recently visited Hot Springs in Alaska. The purpose of the visit was to evaluate the efforts being done in a geothermal project in the area.

According to local news, the department where Mr Moniz works has been actively fostering renewable energy projects, especially since funding was given a year ago to develop the region’s geothermal potential. “This is one place that’s showing real progress and real promise,” Moniz said. “(The geothermal) cut costs here to less than 7 cents a kwh. That’s with a relatively low temperature source. With further demonstration of that, that could be important not only for Alaska, but internationally as well.”

Northern areas suffer from high electricity costs and limited resources, being geothermal a viable way of producing electricity and also avoiding fossil fuels.

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Source: News Miner Website