Geothermal Energy Explained

Cindy Taff, the CEO of Sage Geosystems, joins us in this episode to discuss the development of geothermal technology and how it can be used as a viable energy source.

Podcast: Geothermal Energy Explained

Cindy Taff, the CEO of Sage Geosystems, joins us in this episode to discuss the development of geothermal technology and how it can be used as a viable energy source. She shares her experience in oil and gas, which has enabled the technology of Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) to become feasible in today’s market. We explore the cost-effectiveness of geothermal compared to other renewable sources such as wind and solar and how it can be used as an electricity base load or for energy storage solutions. Shee also touches on tax incentives from the Inflation Reduction Act that make geothermal more competitive, the Department of Energy’s Earth Shot initiative to drive commercialization, and permitting processes for federally owned properties.

Join us for an insightful conversation on technology development!

Key Highlights

[00:01 – 08:38] Opening Segment

  • Introducing Cindy to the show
  • Fracking and horizontal drilling have revolutionized US energy production
  • EGS (Enhanced Geothermal Systems) require either drilling or fracturing to create an artificial reservoir in hot rock without water

[08:39 – 17:05] Unlocking the Power of Geothermal Energy

  • Geothermal energy is on the learning curve where wind and solar were 15-20 years ago
  • The cost of geothermal is currently in the 9-10 cents per kilowatt hour range, while wind and solar are around half
  • Geothermal can act as energy storage for other technologies by cycling a small volume of fluid in the fracture

[17:06 – 26:13] Streamlining Geothermal Permitting in Texas and Louisiana

  • Pumping water into a fracture during times of low demand and then releasing it back to the surface when demand peaks to generate electricity
  • Cost-competitive energy production is vital for communities to pursue
  • The effects of raising funds in a series A fundraise

[26:14 – 33:40] Closing Segment

  • Industrial processes that require both electricity and heat could benefit from geothermal energy
  • Geothermal currently makes up less than 1% of utility electricity generation in the US
  • Most significant challenges are technology and sizeable upfront capital cost


Connect with Cindy!

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cindy-d-taff-53b77a57/ 

Website: www.sagegeosystems.com

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