Federal lands opening to major geothermal power program

The Interior Department has finalized a plan to make 190 million acres of federal land available for geothermal energy projects, including lands in Alaska. The leasing program is going into effect in 12 western states. Officials say the leases could lead to development of 5,500 megawatts of new electric generation capacity by 2015.

Libby Casey, APRN – Anchorage

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