Nevada named a finalist to host the Department of Energy’s FORGE Laboratory

Clean energy advocates with the RenewNV coalition applauded Senator Harry Reid’s announcement that Nevada is among the finalists to host the Department of Energy’s new Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE) laboratory.

“Nevada has consistently proven to be a leader in the renewable energy industry and would be the best location for the next frontier in clean energy – enhanced geothermal systems,” said Annette Magnus, executive director of Battle Born Progress, a nonprofit group supporting a clean energy economy in Nevada in a press release. “Not only would this mean research jobs in Nevada, it would help cement the state’s renewable energy economy for generations to come. We thank the Obama Administration for their continued commitment to clean energy.”

The Silver State could now very well be home to a geothermal system with the potential to provide access to carbon-free sources of clean energy by using the earth’s natural heat to generate electricity for areas without natural geothermal resources. “This system would truly be a win for Nevadan homeowners, who will benefit from the generation of renewable electricity that has the potential to power millions of Nevada’s homes,” Magnus said.

The FORGE program has been allocated $29 million in funding by the U.S. Department of Energy and will be just one part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to the President’s Climate Action Plan.

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