US Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm visits Houston to discuss potential of geothermal energy investments

HOUSTON – U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm visited Houston Thursday to discuss the potential of geothermal energy investments.

Granholm toured a state-of-the-art union worker training facility in the area focused on energy jobs.

She was joined by Mayor Sylvester Turner, and Rick Levy, President of Texas AFL-CIO, to announce a major new geothermal energy initiative.

The secretary visited The Ion, a joint initiative between Rice University and the city of Houston which serves as a central hub for startups, corporations, venture capitalists, business accelerator programs, academics and others. She also held a roundtable discussion with geothermal innovators and researchers about the impact of their work.

This trip comes after the recent passage of President Joe Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which invests $84 million to advance four Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) pilot demonstration projects that will provide valuable information about EGS in different geographies and geologies.