It is time to level the playing field for geothermal energy resources like those in Springhill, says Bill Casey, MP for Cumberland Colchester.
Casey stated in the House of Commons today that “now is the time” for governments both federal and provincial to create measures that will spur new development of this renewable resource.
“People are looking for options. They are looking at their heating bills, they are imagining what those bills are going to look like a few years down the road,” Casey commented. “The Earth can provide an inexhaustible source of heat, at a very low cost and with no emissions.”
Casey met this week with Alison Thompson, Chair of the Board of the Canadian Geothermal Energy Association. He learned that some tax measures available federally for other forms of energy exploration are not enjoyed by the geothermal industry. He also learned that provincial permitting for geothermal exploration can be challenging.
The Cumberland Energy Authority is working to map and market Springhill’s unique energy resource, work that Casey applauds. Casey added that “Springhill is a showcase for mine water geothermal technology in Canada. It’s a fantastic place to business because of its district heating system that was decades ahead of its time.”