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DATE: December 22, 2009
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New Hampshire Geological Survey to Receive $297,665 from U.S. Department of Energy for Geothermal Energy Project

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Geological Survey (NHGS) at DES announced today that it will receive a $297,665 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy as part of $17.79 million project to create a comprehensive nationwide geothermal resource data system by the nation’s State Geological Surveys to help identify and assess new fields.

The Association of American State Geologists (AASG – www.stategeologists.org) have organized a coalition of 40 state geological surveys to populate a new National Geothermal Data System with relevant state-specific geothermal data. (www.energy.gov/news2009/documents2009/338M_Geothermal_Project_Descriptions.pdf).

As a member of the coalition, the NHGS will be collecting data from across the state that will aid industry in the identification and development of geothermal energy, and integrating them into the National Geothermal Data System. New Hampshire State Geologist, Dr. David Wunsch said, “This project will help us enhance our understanding of the geothermal potential in New Hampshire, and assist private industry with exploration for geothermal resources in our state. It’s exciting to be part of this national effort among all the state geological surveys to address such a critical energy need for the state and the country.”

Compiling state-specific geothermal data in an integrated distributed and searchable data system should drive renewed efforts to identify, assess and exploit geothermal energy resources across America. This national collaboration of State and Federal agencies, universities, and industry, has the potential to reshape America’s energy landscape, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and leverage non-renewable petroleum resources well into the 21st Century.

AASG is already a partner in the Geothermal Data Coalition, based at Boise State University to design and build the National Geothermal Data System under contract to DOE. AASG member surveys will adapt the Geoscience Information Network (GIN - www.usgin.org) to provide data discovery, access, and exchange services as a component in the developing data system. Other components include a data repository, software applications, vocabularies, data content, network operations and communications, and web portals.

GIN is collaboration between AASG and the U.S. Geological Survey to integrate geological survey data bases using web services and open source standards in a distributed system. The Arizona Geological Survey is the designated lead agency in building GIN for the nation’s geological surveys and will manage the DOE-funded effort for AASG to populate the NGDS.

The project includes the USGS, Microsoft Research, and the petroleum industry consortium, Energistics, Inc, as partners

For more information, contact David Wunsch, New Hampshire State Geologist, and President, AASG (603)-271-6482, david.wunsch@des.nh.gov.

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