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Alberta to look at developing geothermal energy

Last Updated Oct 8, 2020 at 7:47 am MST

Alberta Energy Minister Sonya Savage announces a panel to review mineral resource production for Alberta. (PHOTO: Saif Kasiar, 660 NEWS)

EDMONTON – Alberta’s energy minister said the province intends to clear the way for the development of clean geothermal energy.

Sonya Savage said the United Conservative government will bring in legislation this fall to establish a regulatory regime that will set the stage for further development of geothermal energy, which she said has been largely untapped.

Geothermal energy comes from heat beneath the ground where water or steam can carry the energy to the surface to be used for heating or creating electricity.

Savage said pilot projects are underway to check the commercial power generation viability of geothermal technology.

She said the lack of clear rules is a barrier for the industry.

Savage said the industry can use existing oil and gas wells to assist in the extraction of geothermal energy.