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Nokia Takes Top Prize at Mobile World Congress for its Environmental Contribution

February 18, 2009

BARCELONA, Spain, February 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Nokia’s (NYSE:
NOK) long standing commitment to environmental action has been recognized at
this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona where the company received the
GSMA’s first award for Outstanding Environmental Contribution. The company
also walked away with the award for the Best Mobile Internet Service for the
Nokia Sports Tracker.

Accepting the Environmental Award Nokia’s CEO, Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo said,
“It is an honor to accept this on behalf of the thousands of Nokia people who
have made sustainable, environmentally sensitive practices an integral part
of our day to day business. With more than a billion people using Nokia
phones globally, we feel we have a responsibility to make a difference.” He
added, “Environmental sustainability is not just the right thing to do, it is
the only thing to do. I have long maintained that doing the right thing for
the environment also makes good business sense.”

In the category of Best Mobile Internet Service, Nokia Sports Tracker
beat a tough group of competitors to take the award. The free application,
first launched in July 2008 and downloaded more than 2.5 million times to
date, monitors exercise and tracks fitness levels, and makes the information
available to share with friends and training partners.

Nokia global environmental program was awarded as the best in the
industry due to its global scale and commitment. The company set up its first
recycling scheme for old or unwanted mobile devices in 1997 and today has the
industry’s largest voluntary scheme operating in 85 countries around the
world.

The GSMA also highlighted Nokia’s commitment to considering the
environment across its entire product range. The company has deployed range
of environmental elements in its devices including reducing charger no load
energy consumption by 90% adding alerts to remind people to unplug their
chargers once the battery is full, making up to 80% of any Nokia device
recyclable, and phasing out the use of materials like PVC.

Nokia’s commitment to working with suppliers, operator, and other
manufacturers to reduce the industry’s overall footprint was praised by the
GSMA.

Last year Nokia led the development of an industry wide energy ranking
for chargers helping consumers to choose the most efficient chargers and
encouraging the industry as a whole to further increase energy efficiency.

Nokia Siemens Networks was highlighted for its industry contribution in
making energy efficient base stations that reduce site level power
consumption by up to 70 percent, enabling a significant reduction in the
carbon footprint of mobile operators around the world.

About Nokia

Nokia is the world leader in mobility, driving the transformation and
growth of the converging Internet and communications industries. We make a
wide range of mobile devices with services and software that enable people to
experience music, navigation, video, television, imaging, games, business
mobility and more. Developing and growing our offering of consumer Internet
services, as well as our enterprise solutions and software, is a key area of
focus. We also provide equipment, solutions and services for communications
networks through Nokia Siemens Networks.

http://www.nokia.com

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Nokia Takes Top Prize at Mobile World Congress for its Environmental Contribution

February 18, 2009

BARCELONA, Spain, February 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Nokia’s (NYSE:
NOK) long standing commitment to environmental action has been recognized at
this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona where the company received the
GSMA’s first award for Outstanding Environmental Contribution. The company
also walked away with the award for the Best Mobile Internet Service for the
Nokia Sports Tracker.

Accepting the Environmental Award Nokia’s CEO, Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo said,
“It is an honor to accept this on behalf of the thousands of Nokia people who
have made sustainable, environmentally sensitive practices an integral part
of our day to day business. With more than a billion people using Nokia
phones globally, we feel we have a responsibility to make a difference.” He
added, “Environmental sustainability is not just the right thing to do, it is
the only thing to do. I have long maintained that doing the right thing for
the environment also makes good business sense.”

In the category of Best Mobile Internet Service, Nokia Sports Tracker
beat a tough group of competitors to take the award. The free application,
first launched in July 2008 and downloaded more than 2.5 million times to
date, monitors exercise and tracks fitness levels, and makes the information
available to share with friends and training partners.

Nokia global environmental program was awarded as the best in the
industry due to its global scale and commitment. The company set up its first
recycling scheme for old or unwanted mobile devices in 1997 and today has the
industry’s largest voluntary scheme operating in 85 countries around the
world.

The GSMA also highlighted Nokia’s commitment to considering the
environment across its entire product range. The company has deployed range
of environmental elements in its devices including reducing charger no load
energy consumption by 90% adding alerts to remind people to unplug their
chargers once the battery is full, making up to 80% of any Nokia device
recyclable, and phasing out the use of materials like PVC.

Nokia’s commitment to working with suppliers, operator, and other
manufacturers to reduce the industry’s overall footprint was praised by the
GSMA.

Last year Nokia led the development of an industry wide energy ranking
for chargers helping consumers to choose the most efficient chargers and
encouraging the industry as a whole to further increase energy efficiency.

Nokia Siemens Networks was highlighted for its industry contribution in
making energy efficient base stations that reduce site level power
consumption by up to 70 percent, enabling a significant reduction in the
carbon footprint of mobile operators around the world.

About Nokia

Nokia is the world leader in mobility, driving the transformation and
growth of the converging Internet and communications industries. We make a
wide range of mobile devices with services and software that enable people to
experience music, navigation, video, television, imaging, games, business
mobility and more. Developing and growing our offering of consumer Internet
services, as well as our enterprise solutions and software, is a key area of
focus. We also provide equipment, solutions and services for communications
networks through Nokia Siemens Networks.

http://www.nokia.com

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LDK Solar to Present at the Piper Jaffray Fourth Annual Clean Technology & Renewables Conference

February 17, 2009

XINYU CITY, China and SUNNYVALE, Calif., Feb. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — LDK Solar Co., Ltd. (“LDK Solar”; NYSE: LDK), a leading manufacturer of multicrystalline solar wafers, today announced that members of its management team will present at the following conference:

    Event:     Piper Jaffray Fourth Annual Clean Technology & Renewables
               Conference
    Date:      February 19, 2009
    Time:      4:30 p.m. Eastern Time
    Location:  The Westin New York at Times Square, New York, New York

A live and recorded webcast of LDK Solar’s presentation will be available on the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website at http://www.ldksolar.com.

About LDK Solar (NYSE: LDK)

LDK Solar Co., Ltd. is a leading manufacturer of multicrystalline solar wafers, which are the principal raw material used to produce solar cells. LDK Solar sells multicrystalline wafers globally to manufacturers of photovoltaic products, including solar cells and solar modules. In addition, LDK Solar provides wafer processing services to monocrystalline and multicrystalline solar cell and module manufacturers. LDK Solar’s headquarters and manufacturing facilities are located in Hi-Tech Industrial Park, Xinyu City, Jiangxi Province in the People’s Republic of China. LDK Solar’s office in the United States is located in Sunnyvale, California.

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Mardi Gras Gives Everyone a Big Fat Break Because Carnival Means ‘So Long’ to Meat

February 17, 2009

John Hopkins’ project offers delicious recipes to get us through

NEW YORK, Feb. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — For centuries Mardi Gras — also known as Carnival, or Fat Tuesday — has been a time to consume the last bits of fat and meat in millions of homes in preparation for Lent, a time of purification when people traditionally give up one or more favorite foods. Meat is often chosen for this observance, as indicated by the word Carnival, arising from the Latin words carne vale, or “farewell to the flesh.”

Today, there are more good reasons than ever to reduce the meat in our diets — not only improving our personal health, but environmental and economic imperatives as well. Meatless Monday’s online database of recipes — like this yummy Louisiana Style Meatless Jambalaya — can easily help observers through the “lean” weeks of Lent and beyond. In addition to breakfast, lunch, snacks, appetizers — and 18 different types of chili — there are recipes for intriguing entrees like Locked Room Ragout, Jamaican Jerk Tofu, Sweet Potato Shepherds Pie and Hopi Vegetable Stew.

Meatless Monday, a project of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Center for a Livable Future, suggests that people can reap big benefits by forgoing meat just one day a week. “It’s easier than you think, but the payoff can be huge,” says Center Director Dr. Robert Lawrence. “Eating less meat not only helps lower cholesterol and decrease cancer risks, it reduces your carbon footprint and helps conserve fresh water. And plant-based meals cost less money, an added bonus during these economically tough times.”

Diets high in meat are tied to increased rates of heart disease, cancer, stroke, and other common chronic preventable ailments. With American children contracting what used to be considered adult-only diseases like diabetes, and millions of overweight kids at risk for high cholesterol and heart disease, reducing meat consumption is preventative medicine of the very best kind — a simple step with many rewards.

At the United Nations Summit on Global Warming in December, meat production was cited as a primary source of greenhouse gas. Meat farming also depletes and pollutes our water supplies. A single pound of beef can take up to 5,000 gallons of fresh water to produce, and waste from factory farms poisons ground water and surface water alike. So going without meat just one day a week can have a big impact on your health and the health of the planet.

All good things to consider as Mardi Gras draws to a close February 24 and millions of people bid “farewell to the flesh.”

Find more recipes and great ideas about reducing meat in your diet all year long at meatlessmonday.com.

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Digicel Makes Advances in Green Power Deployment in Vanuatu

February 17, 2009

BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 17 /PRNewswire/ — The GSMA today announced that
Digicel, supported by the GSMA Development Fund, has completed the second
phase of its green power network implementation and is using wind and solar
energy solutions to power 25 base stations on the Pacific archipelago of
Vanuatu. Digicel, which is the leading mobile operator in Vanuatu, now
carries more than 60% of its network traffic on base stations powered by
renewable energy sources.

Typically, off-grid base stations have been powered by generators running
on diesel, which is increasingly erratic in price, is costly to distribute and
generates carbon dioxide emissions. Digicel’s approach of using solar, wind
and hybrid power provides a more cost-effective and reliable solution than
either solar cells or wind turbines alone, to bring GSM coverage to some of
the most remote communities in Vanuatu.

“By implementing alternative sources of energy, we are able to connect the
unconnected, making communications accessible to many in Vanuatu for the first
time,” said Tanya Menzies, CEO of Digicel Vanuatu. “The work we are doing in
Vanuatu is particularly important to the Digicel Group, as it’s serving as a
model for alternative power deployments for other Digicel networks around the
world.”

Digicel, which launched commercial service in June 2008, recently
completed the second phase in the project, bringing the current number of
green-powered base stations to 25. Additionally, in 2009, Digicel plans to
install a new wind turbine to an existing wind farm to power a portion of its
sites, enabling the operator to reduce its annual power bill by an order of
magnitude.

“The GSMA created the Green Power for Mobile programme with two objectives
in mind: to promote the use of green power to expand mobile networks into
regions currently lacking coverage, and to facilitate the systematic reduction
of reliance on diesel by operators,” said Michael O’Hara, chief marketing
officer for the GSMA. “Our work with Digicel further demonstrates the
commercial viability of implementing renewable energy systems on a broad scale
and has helped establish best practices for future green power projects.”

About Digicel Pacific

Since its launch in the South Pacific in November 2006, Digicel has become
the fastest-growing mobile operator in the Pacific, with current operations in
Samoa, Tonga, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea. The company was recently granted
licenses by the Governments of Fiji and has commitments from several other
countries in the Pacific.

Digicel has contributed to the 0.7% growth to the GDP of Papua New Guinea
since its launch as the second mobile operator on July 20, 2007.

Digicel is the largest operator in the Caribbean operating in 23 markets
and rolling out new operations in Central America. The company is renowned for
competitive rates, unbeatable coverage, and superior customer care, a wide
variety of products and services, and state-of-the-art handsets.

For more information, please visit http://www.digicelvanuatu.com or
http://www.digicelpacific.com.

About the GSMA

The GSMA represents the interests of the worldwide mobile communications
industry. Spanning 219 countries, the GSMA unites more than 750 of the
world’s mobile operators, as well as 200 companies in the broader mobile
ecosystem, including handset makers, software companies, equipment providers,
Internet companies, and media and entertainment organisations. The GSMA is
focused on innovating, incubating and creating new opportunities for its
membership, all with the end goal of driving the growth of the mobile
communications industry. For more information, please visit
http://www.gsmworld.com

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Sea Change in U.S. International Environmental Policy on Mercury, Say Environmental Groups

February 16, 2009

NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Signaling an about face in U.S. international environmental policy, the Obama administration has dramatically reversed the former U.S. position on controlling mercury pollution worldwide. To a surprised audience at the UN Environment Program Governing Council meeting in Nairobi today, the U.S. delegation strongly endorsed negotiations for a new global treaty to control mercury pollution, to begin this year. Environmental groups from the U.S. and around the world applauded the change.

“The Obama administration has clearly shown a new day has dawned for U.S. leadership and engagement with the rest of the world,” said Michael Bender, director of the U.S.-based Mercury Policy Project, and a coordinator of the international Zero Mercury Working Group. “And the momentum created by the U.S. appears to be galvanizing other governments around the world to step up to address the global mercury crisis.”

In stark contrast, the Bush administration position had steadfastly opposed legally binding measures to control mercury, despite broad support among a majority of countries in the Governing Council.

“Skeptics doubted that the U.S. position on mercury could change so quickly, but the Obama administration made it happen in record time,” said Susan Egan Keane of the Natural Resources Defense Council. “They’ve shown that Obama is serious about a new approach of cooperation and collaboration, rather than obstruction and unilateral action, on the international stage.”

Mercury is a dangerous neurotoxin that can make its way up the food chain into humans, and poses an increased exposure risk to developing fetuses and young children and to adults exposed to mercury.

Rico Euripidou of groundWork, Friends of the Earth, South Africa believes that “a comprehensive solution to address mercury will directly benefit Africa through the control of unregulated and uncontrolled flows of mercury onto the Continent.”

Mercury is a persistent, bioaccumulative, transboundary pollutant that contaminates our air, soil, water and fish.

“Because of this potential for global contamination, mercury pollution requires a coordinated international response, including a legally-binding treaty on mercury,” said Elena Lymberidi-Settimo, Project Coordinator of the ‘Zero Mercury Campaign’ at the European Environmental Bureau.

Other countries expressing support for developing a legally binding agreement on mercury include the 53 countries in African, Switzerland, Brazil, Norway, Canada, Australia, Mauritius, Russia, Korea, Uruguay and Japan. In total, over 120 countries have expressed support for developing a legally-binding treaty on mercury.

For more information, see the U.S. proposal below.

Proposed Decision on Mercury

United States of America

Recalls the findings of the 2002 Global Mercury Assessment that mercury is a chemical of global concern specifically due to its long range transport, its persistence in the environment once introduced, its ability to bioaccumulate in ecosystems, and its significant negative effects on human health and the environment;

Acknowledges the progress made within the United Nations Environment Program to provide information and data on mercury and provide a forum for consideration of globally coordinated actions;

Commends the Executive Director and UNEP Global Mercury Partnership members for their progress in developing and implementing the UNEP Global Mercury Partnerships as a vehicle for immediate action on mercury and welcomes the progress made by the Partnerships to create an Overarching Framework for action in the priority areas identified in GC 24/3;

Welcomes the report of the Ad-Hoc Open-Ended Working Group on Mercury;

1. Agrees to further international action on mercury, including a legally-binding instrument, to reduce the risks to human health and the environment;

2. Requests the Executive Director to prepare and convene an Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee with a mandate to prepare a globally legally binding instrument on mercury based on the mandate set forth in paragraph 8 of this decision. Participation in the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee should be open to Governments and relevant intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations consistent with United Nations rules;

3. Requests Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee to commence its work in 2009 with the goal of completion prior to the 2012 GC/GMEF;

4. Requests the Executive Director as a priority action, to provide the necessary support to the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee, and UNEP Mercury Program and Partnership;

5. Calls upon countries to financially support the UNEP Mercury Program and Partnership and Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee;

6. Requests the Executive Director to conduct, concurrent with the work of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee, a study to inventory facilities in sectors including coal-fired power plants, cement production, and non-ferrous metals mining and production in major mercury-emitting countries. For all sectors, but especially coal-combustion, the study should include analysis of the levels of existing emissions controls, and the potential to achieve further mercury emission reductions. The study should also assess the costs and effectiveness of alternative control strategies, considering mercury-specific controls, and reductions that can be achieved as a co-benefit from conventional pollution control measures as well as the relationship with actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The report should be prepared to inform the work of the second meeting of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee, and the Executive Director should report the findings of the study at the 2010 GMEF;

7. Further requests the Executive Director to conduct interim studies, coordinating as appropriate with Governments, international government organizations, stakeholders and the Partnership, concurrent with the work of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee, including:

a. Enhancing capacity for mercury storage;

b. Reducing supply of mercury from primary mining;

c. Conducting awareness raising and pilot projects in key countries to reduce mercury use in artisanal small scale gold mining;

d. Reducing mercury use in products and processes;

e. Raising public awareness and supporting risk communication.

8. Agrees the mandate of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee is a comprehensive approach to mercury including provisions to:

a. Reduce the supply of mercury and enhance capacity for its environmentally sound storage;

b. Reduce the demand for mercury in products and processes;

c. Reduce international trade in mercury;

d. Reduce atmospheric emissions of mercury;

e. Address mercury-containing waste and contaminated sites;

f. Increase knowledge through awareness raising and scientific information exchange.

9. Further agrees the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee should take into account the need for this instrument to:

a. Contain flexibility to allow countries discretion in selecting measures to implement obligations aimed at achieving common goals;

b. Apply approaches tailored to the characteristics of specific sectors, and utilize transition periods and phased implementation for proposed actions, where appropriate;

c. Set priorities to focus actions on major sources of emissions;

d. Consider possible co-benefits with conventional pollutant control measures and greenhouse reduction strategies;

e. Include provisions to assist countries, as appropriate, in meeting their obligations under a legally binding instrument.

For more information:

http://www.mercurypolicy.org

http://www.zeromercury.org

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Caraustar Introduces Snap-Right: A Unique Perforated Edge Protector for Use With Point-of-Purchase and Display-Ready Packaging

February 16, 2009

ATLANTA, Feb. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Caraustar Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq: CSAR), a recycled packaging company and one of North America’s largest integrated manufacturers of converted recycled paperboard, today announced the introduction of Snap-Right, a new addition to its Protect-A-Board(TM) and Protect-A-Wrap(TM) edge protector product lines. The Snap-Right product, primarily for use with POP (point-of-purchase) or display-ready packaging, has value-added characteristics that include perforation at designated intervals for customer ease-of-use and access to palletized products.

(Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090216/CL71031)

Snap-Right is manufactured in two distinct product types, the first of which is perforated every 3, 6, 9 or 12 inches and allows the “frame” of the package to be lowered by “snapping” off pieces of the edge protector as the consumer removes products. The second Snap-Right option is for customers that use multiple lengths of Protect-A-Board and the perforations are made at precise intervals allowing the user to purchase only one size with perforations at the required lengths.

Caraustar’s Protect-A-Board and Protect-A-Wrap product lines are manufactured at five locations in the United States and are stocked at 14 regional warehouses strategically located across the country. These products are manufactured using 100% recycled paperboard and exemplify Caraustar’s commitment to preserving the environment.

For more information on Snap-Right or any of Caraustar’s Protective Packaging products, please contact Todd Padgett (678-910-0353) or visit the company’s website at http://www.caraustar.com.

Caraustar Industries, Inc. is one of North America’s largest integrated manufacturers of 100% recycled paperboard and converted paperboard products. The company is a socially responsible corporation, is committed to environmentally sound practices and is dedicated to providing customers with outstanding value through innovative products and services. Caraustar has developed its leadership position in the industry through diversification and integration from raw materials to finished products. Caraustar serves the four principal recycled boxboard product end-use markets: tubes and cores; folding cartons; gypsum facing paper and specialty paperboard products.

    CONTACT:  Todd Padgett
              National Sales Manager
              Protective Products
              PH: 678-910-0353

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New Guide to Geothermal Energy Available to Download Free!

February 15, 2009

WASHINGTON, Feb. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — If you have questions about geothermal energy, the Geothermal Energy Association has issued a new report that will provide you with answers. Geothermal 101: Basics of Geothermal Energy Production and Use, edited by Leslie Blodgett and Kara Slack of GEA, covers the essentials of geothermal energy from electric power to residential heat pumps. “Whether you are an educator, student, policymaker, or industry specialist, this report will serve as a guide for your geothermal education,” noted Leslie Blodgett, co-editor of the report.

Ever wonder how a geothermal power plant works? Want to know more about how geothermal energy can help reduce global warming? Curious about where geothermal resources are located? This 50-page guide will help you find the answers to these and many other questions. It includes 30 charts, tables, maps, and pictures to help the reader understand the power behind one of the fastest growing renewable technologies — the power of the earth’s heat.

Today the U.S. has about 3,000 MW of geothermal electricity connected to the grid. In addition, as of August 2008, almost 4,000 MW of new geothermal power plant capacity is under development. Worldwide, geothermal energy supplies more than 10,000 MW to 24 countries and now produces enough electricity to meet the needs of 60 million people.

“There is a tremendous interest in geothermal energy and its largely untapped potential to help address our energy and climate problems,” noted Karl Gawell, GEA’s Executive Director. “GEA hopes that making this report available will help tap the creativity and imagination of thousands of people to help expand the use of this natural energy source.”

“We have worked hard to make the report readable, while still being thoroughly researched and reviewed,” commented co-editor Kara Slack. The report includes simple definitions, descriptions, and figures and cites key national reports that provide further information. Information and references have been updated with the most recent materials. “Whether you are new to the basics or have been working in the field for years, this report provides valuable information,” she added.

The report is currently available on GEA’s Web site in parts at http://www.geo-energy.org/aboutGE.asp and is available to download in PDF format at http://www.geo-energy.org/publications/reports.asp.

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Geothermal Industry Leader Says Stimulus Bill Should Sustain Industry Growth

February 14, 2009

WASHINGTON, Feb. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Geothermal energy production in the United States has been on track to double in the next few years and the economic stimulus bill will help sustain this growth, according to industry leaders. “The provisions of the economic stimulus bill will put steam back into the engine of geothermal industry growth,” noted Karl Gawell, Executive Director of the Geothermal Energy Association (GEA)

In August 2008, GEA reported that the U.S. had about 3,000 MW of geothermal electricity connected to the grid and almost 4,000 MW of new geothermal power plants under development. “But, the financial crisis has been stalling new development,” Gawell notes, “financing for new projects has been difficult to obtain, and when available very expensive.”

The economic stimulus bill includes a range of provisions intended to support expanded geothermal energy use, from power plants to geothermal heat pumps. Among the most important according to GEA are the bills tax credit provisions.

The stimulus bill will extend the production tax credit for new geothermal power plants through 2013, allow developers to take a 30% investment credit instead, and create a cash grant program to support projects that cannot utilize a tax credit in the current market. It also expands the Clean Renewable Energy Bond program that provides similar incentives for coops and public power agencies to build new geothermal and other renewable technology projects.

“We estimate that the geothermal power industry has doubled its workforce in the US in the past two years, and the economic stimulus bill provides a framework of support that will continue if not accelerate growth in this industry adding tens of thousands of new jobs with even greater positive effects across the economy,” Gawell added.

The legislation also dramatically expands support for the Department of Energy’s geothermal research, development, demonstration and deployment efforts. The Bush Administration had sought to close down these efforts, but Congress authorized a broad, new advanced geothermal research program in 2007 as part of the energy bill and has now provided the funds to carry it out. The stimulus bill sets aside $400 million for geothermal technology research, development and deployment efforts at DOE.

“The DOE geothermal research program has been starved for years,” Gawell commented. “The 2007 Advanced Geothermal Research and Development Act provides a framework for an exciting new DOE program, and the stimulus bill gives them resources needed to implement this initiative,” Gawell added.

Further, the stimulus bill provides an expanded tax credits for geothermal heat pumps and supports a range of programs that by encouraging more efficient building and home energy use will also spur growth in the geothermal heat pump market, according to GEA.

“All of this adds up to making significant progress towards expanding our use of this largely untapped energy resource,” he added, “which is good news for the environment and the economy.”

http://www.geo-energy.org/

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