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May 5, 2015

Tester taps into Montana’s geothermal energy potential

Senator backs bill to expand geothermal energy development

(U.S. Senate) - After the hottest year in recorded history, Senator Jon Tester wants Montana to become a renewable energy leader by tapping into the state's geothermal energy resources.

Tester's Geothermal Energy Opportunity Act would allow oil and gas developers on public lands to also harness geothermal potential without having to go through a lengthy approval process. The bill would also establish a national goal of producing 50,000 megawatts of geothermal power by 2025.

"Montana's public lands contain some of the best renewable energy sources in the world, and we should be leading the nation to increase our energy independence and reduce the amount of carbon we put into the atmosphere," Tester said. "Developing Montana's geothermal resources will expand our energy portfolio and create good-paying jobs that can't be outsourced."

The Senator's bill would also establish initiatives to promote the development of geothermal heat pumps so that state and local governments, public universities and non-governmental groups can directly use geothermal energy.

Montana is already home to over 300 thermal wells and springs.

Tester's Geothermal Energy Opportunities Act, which is sponsored by Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), is available online HERE.

 

Office Contact Information

Senator Tester's Montana staff serves the state from offices in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula. Please bring your concerns with federal agencies, academy nominations, and other situations to one of these Montana offices.

Billings

Judge Jameson Federal Building
2900 4th Ave N, Suite 201
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: (406) 252-0550
Fax: (406) 252-7768

Bozeman

Avant Courier Building
1 E Main Street, Suite 202
Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone: (406) 586-4450
Fax: (406) 586-7647

Butte

Silver Bow Center
125 W Granite, Suite 200
Butte, MT 59701
Phone: (406) 723-3277
Fax: (406) 782-4717

Great Falls

119 1st Avenue N, Suite 102
Great Falls, MT 59401
Phone: (406) 452-9585
Fax: (406) 452-9586

Helena

208 North Montana Avenue
Suite 104
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 449-5401
Fax: (406) 449-5462

Kalispell

8 Third Street E
Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: (406) 257-3360
Fax: (406) 257-3974

Missoula

130 W Front St.
Missoula, MT 59802
Phone: (406) 728-3003
Fax: (406) 728-2193

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