Geothermal energy, the energy generated from heat beneath the Earth’s surface, has the potential to meet a large portion of the nation’s energy and power needs. Safe, clean and reliable, it can help the country diversify its renewable energy portfolio and enhance energy security. With these benefits in mind, the Colorado Energy Office (CEO) started the Geothermal Working Group with the goal of advancing the use this source of clean energy in the state. This program aims to address barriers to geothermal utilization and identify opportunities for project development. Several western states are receiving support from the Department of Energy to operate working groups to tackle relevant issues and educate a broad audience about geothermal energy applications. Colorado's working group is funded partially by the Geopowering the West program that DOE rund. The working group focuses on all categories of geothermal energy: electricity production, direct use and district heating, and geothermal heat pumps (geoexchange).
The Colorado Geological Survey (CGS) helps to promote responsible development of Colorado’s vast mineral and energy resources. CGS has produced geothermal reports and maps that compile information into useable formats that policy makers and the industry can use in making decisions. CGS geothermal website contains educational information about the technology used to convert the heat from the earth into electricity and other forms of energy, as well as interactive maps and geological reports to assist developers interested in tapping this wonderful resource.