NEW ORLEANS — The new tallest building ever constructed in the United States will be built in a state famed for its geothermal energy, and the company building it hopes to use it will have a large environmental footprint, a geothermal expert says.
“Geothermal energy is a big deal for New Orleans,” said Jim Green, president of the National Geothermal Association, which is spearheading the construction of the Green Building on the Green Island of New Orleans.
“It’s a big, big, huge deal.”
Green, a native New Orleanian, said he hoped to see geothermal power in New Orleans built by 2025.
That’s a goal that’s already happening in other parts of the country.
A new geothermal project in New Jersey, for instance, will be completed next year.
Green is part of a group of experts who have been working on a proposal to build a geyser power project on the island.
That project is in a different era than the one envisioned by the New Orleans developer.
But Green said he was optimistic the project will get off the ground.
“I’m not expecting it to be done in five or six years,” he said.
“The project is going to be in place by 2025.”
The New Orleans project is being built by the city’s Department of Water and Power, and New Orleans is a natural geothermal hot spot.
It sits about 90 miles west of the Louisiana border, where geothermal heat is at its most abundant.
“We’re not going to see any new developments in New York City until the 2020s,” Green said.
New Orleans has a number of projects underway to capture and use geothermal electricity.
The city’s Water & Power Authority recently approved the purchase of the city-owned property at the New York Harbor for a $3.2 billion project to build two towers.
New York, which has about 12,000 residents, has more than 1,000 hydropower plants and has been working to develop a geologic repository of geothermal water to be used in its grid.
New Jersey is building a geosynchronous storage facility on the New Jersey side of the Jersey shore and has the capacity to store up to 4.5 billion cubic feet of geologic groundwater.
The company that is developing the New Orleans project is a geothermologist named Robert K. Williams who has worked for the city for decades.
He has a reputation as one of the most aggressive geothermal developers in the country, and his company is being paid $100 million to build what is expected to be one of New York’s largest geothermal projects.
Williams is an engineer who has built several hydropowers in New Mexico and Arizona, and he has built more than 80 large geothermal dams in the U.S. He’s been a vocal advocate for geothermal technology and helped lead the creation of the Geothermal Energy Resource Management Program in New South Wales, Australia, which developed the nation’s first geothermal-based energy project.
New South England’s geothermal industry was created in the 1970s by the creation in New England of a National Energy and Infrastructure Commission that provides geothermal research and development contracts.
It is the largest industry in the world, and Williams is the head of the New England geothermal business.
Williams’ company, Geothermal Research Associates of Vermont, has been the leading geothermal developer in New Hampshire since its inception in the early 1980s.
Geothermal energy companies in New New Hampshire have been a relatively small percentage of the state’s total geothermal generation, but their presence has helped create jobs.
In New Hampshire, Williams says, the geothermal companies have developed the geologic resource for the state.
Geologists have known about geothermal potential for a long time, but the geology of New England is still relatively new, Williams said.
Geologist Bob K. Stoddard, a former geologist at the University of Vermont who has also worked for Williams, said that in New Scotland and New York the geosystem has been discovered by people who were looking for something new.
“There’s been nothing like it in New Zealand for a number.
It’s not a new geologic thing,” Stoddart said.
In Vermont, Williams’ New Scotland geothermal company, Southeastern New England, has also been able to tap into the geysers of New Hampshire.
“New Scotland is very much a geology and geosciences state,” Williams said, adding that he hopes to see other geothermal facilities built in New Britain.
In addition to New England’s efforts to develop geothermal resources, Williams has been involved in other projects in New Brunswick, New Hampshire and elsewhere.
New Brunswick is the only U.N. member state to have its own geothermal resource, a large storage site for geologic resources that is being developed by the U