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Geothermal Working Group to meet Oct. 6 in Pagosa Springs

Next Thursday, Oct. 6, the Colorado Geothermal Working Group (CGWG) will meet for the first time in Pagosa Springs. It could be an important step in the town’s pursuit of expanded geothermal resources.

The CGWG was formed in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Governor’s Energy Office (GEO) to explore ways that geothermal energy can be expanded as a viable and sustainable alternative to carbon-based fuels.

“It gives us a chance to showcase our natural resources,” David Mitchem said last week as he announced the meeting to town council.

Mitchem told council that experts from the CGWG, GEO, DOE and the National Renewable Energy Labs (NREL), along with other renewable energy experts, local officials and local stakeholders in renewable energy sources (biomass and geothermal) would be presenting at the meeting. In all, Mitchem reported that over 70 people from throughout the state would be in attendance at the meeting.

Beginning at 8 a.m. in the south conference room of the community center, Pagosa Springs Mayor Ross Aragon will welcome attendees, followed by a presentation by keynote speakers Francisco Flores from GEO and local business owner Kathy Keyes (also representing the Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership). The keynote address will be followed by numerous presentations on renewable energy issues in Pagosa Springs and Archuleta County.

Following morning presentations, attendees will take a walking tour of the town’s geothermal resources, wells and recreational facilities, and meet with well owners and stakeholders. Following the tour, attendees will hear presentations from CGWG, GEO and NREL experts. At 3:15 p.m., attendees will be given an opportunity to ask questions and make comments.

A reception will follow the day’s meetings in the Ross Aragon Community Center.

The meeting is open to the public, but those interested in attending should R.S.V.P. by contacting Ben Northcutt at benorthcutt@comcast.net.

jim@pagosasun.com

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