GeoFlight Takes to the Air to Help Identify Geothermal and Mineral Resources at the Salton Sea
Blog authored by Kelly Speakes-Backman, Acting Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy, and Tanya Trujillo, Assistant Secretary for Water and Science, U.S. Department of the Interior
Driven by increasingly destructive climate change impacts across the state, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed an emergency proclamation in July 2021 to accelerate development of clean energy projects. This bold move prioritizes renewable energy projects as a primary policy tool for navigating the United States toward a net-zero emission economy and mitigating climate change impacts.
In addition, President Biden’s Executive Order 13990, which calls for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and Executive Order 14008, which seeks to promote the clean energy transition, provide a perfect segue to highlight the recently launched GeoFlight: Salton Trough initiative, a collaborative effort between the Department of Energy’s Geothermal Technologies Office and the Department of the Interior’s U.S. Geological Survey. Together, GTO and USGS are collecting data on hidden geothermal systems in California’s agriculturally rich Imperial Valley; the centerpiece of this valley is the geothermally active Salton Sea. In our respective Assistant Secretary roles, we actively pursue interagency work that unites core strengths to deliver the most impactful R&D outcomes.