WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senators Jacky Rosen (D-NV) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) announced that they sent a letter to the Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and John Kennedy (R-LA) respectively, asking them to support the President’s request to include more than $200 million in the Fiscal Year 2023 budget for the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Geothermal Technologies Office to support a reliable, clean energy source for the United States.
“As a renewable energy source available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, geothermal energy offers a unique approach to ensuring reliable energy access, while addressing the effects of climate change,” wrote the Senators. “It has the potential to be a clean domestic energy source that will allow the U.S. to further secure our energy grid, reduce our dependency on foreign sources of energy, and take forward-thinking steps to expand our domestic energy options.”
“Western states like Alaska, California, Colorado, Idaho, Hawaii, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, and Utah all have significant potential for increased geothermal energy production,” the Senators continued. “By supporting this funding, we can grow a domestic industry that will create American jobs and transform our energy grid to be more sustainable, more secure, and more resilient as additional climate challenges arise.”
The full text of the letter to Chair Feinstein and Ranking Member Kennedy can be found here.