Tell our Government to bring geothermal energy to Canada

Why geothermal?

Geothermal energy is an internationally recognized clean, sustainable and renewable source of affordable heat and power. It is obtained by pulling hot water from deep below the earth’s surface and running it through a turbine to produce electricity with low or no emissions. After the hot water is used to make clean electricity, and before the water is reinjected, the remaining heat can be used for a variety of commercial, industrial, or entrepreneurial endeavours, including fish farming, greenhouse heating, district heating, pasteurization, material drying and snow melting. 24 countries have already built geothermal power plants and Canada is not among them. We continue to burn fossil fuels such as coal and natural gas in Canada to power our electric grid, while geothermal power plant development remains blocked by political red tape.

You deserve cleaner and better energy. Be part of the change and submit the below letter to your elected officials.

Send this letter to your MP and MLA:

Dear Elected Official,

As a voter in your constituency, I’m contacting you to let you know about Canada’s Geothermal potential, and to advocate for its use. Geothermal energy is the Earth’s own internal heat, and is incredibly versatile. Some examples of its uses include: greenhouse agriculture, refrigeration, space heating, tourism, and electrical generation. While particularly visible in the western provinces, Geothermal resources are found throughout all of Canada., With this renewable form of energy, we can use Canadian expertise in sub-surface resource development to create sustainable and permanent jobs.

In 2016, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance “Creating the Conditions for Economic Growth: Tools for People, Businesses, and Communities” stated that;

“Because Canada is part of a global community that is focused on protecting the environment and addressing climate change, the Committee recommends…[t]hat the Government of Canada take action to support and encourage Canada’s geothermal sector.”

Budget 2017 included important changes to the tax code that helped level the playing field for geothermal, but more action is needed if geothermal is to become a full and effective player in Canada’s renewable energy future.

The Canadian Geothermal Industry has identified the following key points ways to fairly support geothermal, and expand our country’s green energy and economic growth:

    1. Make direct government contributions to geothermal projects, as well as convertible grants and guaranteed low-interest loans for project financing, with loan forgiveness for unsuccessful projects after the convertible grant program has concluded. For Canadian companies to be able to develop geothermal projects, they must have access to capital. Direct government support of geothermal companies would send a strong message that the government is committed to making a successful geothermal industry in Canada a reality, and will open doors for geothermal companies build the geothermal infrastructure Canada needs.
    2. Move the Government of Canada towards becoming net zero through the procurement of power, heat, and energy credits from the geothermal industry. A procurement process should be put in place so that geothermal companies can sell heat and power directly to the government. This would create a large initial buyer for renewable heat and power.
    3. Allow geothermal projects to claim Canadian Resource Property (CRP). The development of geothermal resources requires provincial/territorial permits and leases, but being a renewable energy resource, it is not able to hold CRP. Granting access to CRP would allow geothermal to claim permit/leasing fees in the same way that hydrocarbon and mining developers are able to do the surface, is a resource that requires similar prospecting.
    4. Allow geothermal projects to claim test equipment under the Canadian Renewable and Conservation Expense (CRCE) program in the same fashion wind power can. Currently, wind power companies are able to claim up to 20% of the value of a test-phase turbine. This exception for wind was created because wind generators must prospect an uncertain resource, the wind. Geothermal, by virtue of being several kilometres beneath.

When geothermal suffers from an uneven playing field due to inequitable tax incentives, and lack of access to government support enjoyed by other renewable industries, dirtier energy sources fill the gap, undermining any attempt at climate change mitigation or clean growth.

When the opportunity comes for you to comment on programs and regulations, I ask that you support geothermal by making sure the recommendations written above are present so that Canada can be a richer, more sustainable place.

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powEARTHful is a public engagement initiative of the Canadian Geothermal Energy Association (CanGEA). CanGEA is the collective voice of Canada’s geothermal energy industry. As a non-profit association, we engage in advocacy and public outreach efforts that promote the exploration and development of geothermal resources in Canada. Geothermal energy can provide competitively priced, renewable, round-the-clock energy in Canada.

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