Glenwood Springs awarding contract for its geothermal study |

Glenwood Springs awarding contract for its geothermal study

Pete Fowler
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” The city of Glenwood Springs received proposals for a study of heat from underground in Glenwood Springs and how it might be harnessed by the leading available technology.

The city advertised its request for proposals over the last two months. The deadline to submit proposals was Jan. 30 and a contract is expected to be awarded in March. The work is called a “geothermal resource evaluation” in the request for proposals (RFP). The RFP says Glenwood Springs may spend up to $75,000 on the study. Grant money might also fund the study.

The goal of the geothermal resource evaluation is to look into what information and reports already exist about geothermal resources in the area, and also to gather information about the leading technology available to harness it for things like generating electricity or using it directly for heating, said Dan Richardson, of the Schmueser Gordon Meyer engineering firm.

“Let’s not reinvent the wheel and go study things until we understand what information is out there,” he said.

There are at least 12 existing documents, studies or reports that relate to geothermal resources in Glenwood Springs completed by various government agencies, engineers and consultants, according to the city’s RFP.

The evaluation is also meant to identify funding sources for developing geothermal resources and to make recommendations for further study or action. Besides city funds, grant money might also be used to pay for the evaluation.

Richardson is on a 12-member geothermal task force the Glenwood Springs City Council formed June 5. The task force was given three main tasks: to update a 268-page 1980 Municipal Geothermal Heat Utilization Plan for the area by the University of Denver; to assess how current technology can apply to Glenwood’s geothermal resources; and to develop a business plan for a geothermal utility.

The task force has met three or four times so far. Discussions were expected to include the possibility of tapping hot water underground to heat structures and generate electricity.

The Governor’s Energy Office has its own geothermal effort going, which coincides nicely with Glenwood Springs’ efforts, Richardson said.

“We’re sort of taking advantage of the Governor’s Energy Office’s broader effort to bring more resources to Colorado,” he said. “We’re not having to do all the heavy lifting.”

Contact Pete Fowler: 384-9121

Post Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO

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