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UK MPs launch inquiry into geothermal technologies

Members of the UK Parliament have launched an inquiry into geothermal technologies and how they could contribute towards UK’s net zero goals.

Members of the UK Parliament in the Environmental Audit Committee have launched an inquiry into the role that geothermal technologies can play in the UK’ s journey to net zero. With this, the Committee is inviting written submissions on any or all of the issues raised in the terms of reference by 21 July, 2022, 5:00 PM.

In the call for evidence document, three geothermal technologies were cited as potentially beneficial to the UK.

During an earlier inquiry done on the role of ground source heat pumps, it was estimated that there were only 44,00 ground source heat pumps in operation in the UK. There are currently no operational mine water heating systems, nor are there any enhanced geothermal systems that are operations. However, some EGS projects are in development such as the Eden Geothermal project and the United Downs Deep Geothermal Power Project.

The UK Government has currently not come up with a bespoke support scheme for geothermal technology projects, though there are funding options to support technological development and deployment. Larger-scale projects can be supported through mechanisms such as Power Purchase Agreements.

Those who would like to invite submissions of written evidence are encouraged to answer one or more of the following questions:

The Committee is also encouraging submissions from members of under-represented groups, as it aims to have a diverse panel of witnesses and representatives. Written evidence should be submitted through the Committee’s web portal.

Source: UK Parliament

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