May 24, 2023

Geothermal workshop explores energy potential, project paybacks

Suzie Romig, Steamboat Pilot & Today

The Yampa Valley Geothermal Workshop, moderated by former Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter, focused on educating participants about geothermal energy potential, possible financial incentives and payback on projects.

With an audience ranging from housing and commercial project developers to Steamboat Springs City Council members, presenters at last week’s event addressed three questions: Does geothermal work? Is geothermal cost-effective? Can Routt County develop geothermal and protect natural hot springs?

Yes was the answer to all three questions, according to the workshop speakers.

Organizers from the nonprofit Yampa Valley Sustainability Council set the stage by explaining how the Routt County Climate Action Plan provides local impetus for transitioning from a fossil fuel-based economy to a clean-energy economy.