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Mapping Geothermal Heat Flow and Existing Plants

“Geothermal power is a growing part of our country’s energy mix. We want to take a moment to help you learn more about this clean, renewable energy source. Read on to learn how geothermal energy works. Then spend some time checking out the map above, which shows locations of existing and in-development geothermal plants, over a base layer that shows geothermal heat flow potential in different parts of the country. Conventional hydrothermal resources make up most of the current geothermal operating plants in the United States. Power generation comes from drawing heat from the fluid found naturally deep below the Earth’s surface. Steam is captured at the surface and spins a turbine, which then powers an electric generator. A newer technology — and one that is gaining momentum — is Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS). Recent developments are making this technology more feasible and cost-effective, and we may be poised to see many new clean, renewable geothermal plants in the near future. EGS works by injecting cold water deep into the Earth’s crust. This water flows through fissures and cracks in the basement rock, heating up considerably along its path. The ensuing steam is then pumped to the surface and, much like conventional hydrothermal, turns a turbine that powers a generator. Water is then recycled back into the Earth’s crust. Learn more about EGSwith our geothermal infographicThe geothermal sector has also seen commercial successes in low-temperature and co-produced geothermal resources. Here, low-temperature means 300°F or less, and co-production means that heat captured from geothermal fluid in the ground gets used for electricity along with another use, like direct heating, greenhouses or fish farming. Low-temperature plants are bringing valuable returns on investment in areas of the country that have not been accessed before.   The map above allows you to learn a lot about the status of geothermal power across our country. Here we can see that areas with high heat flow potential are also areas with many operating and developing power plants. Clicking on the clusters of points will allow you to zoom into an area and see how the plants are distributed. Clicking “About the Points” and “About the Data” can give you more information on various stages of exploration and development. Learn more about how heat flow is calculated hereWant to learn more? Check out the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s geothermal page or see other ways that geothermal data is being visualized.”

The Literary Model in Comparative Law

The Literary Model in Comparative Law – Heinze, Eric, The Literary Model in Comparative Law (September 1, 2014). American Journal of Comparative Law, Forthcoming; Queen Mary School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper Forthcoming. Available for download at SSRN: “Legal theory, if it is to attain any level of generality, makes difficult, sometimes unacknowledged assumptions aboutContinue Reading

The Impact of Missed Payments and Foreclosures on Credit Scores

Demyanyk, Yuliya S., The Impact of Missed Payments and Foreclosures on Credit Scores (October 24, 2014). FRB of Cleveland Working Paper No. 14-23. Available for download at SSRN: “This paper debunks the common perception that “foreclosure will ruin your credit score.” Using individual-level data from a credit bureau matched with loan-level mortgage data, it isContinue Reading

Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey Results – 2014

Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey Results – Employees Influencing Change, 2014 “The Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS) calls on the Federal workforce to provide their straightforward  opinions on all aspects of their Federal employment experience – from views on their job and agency, through views on their immediate supervisors, managers and ultimately, senior leaders. This year, 392,752Continue Reading

A blueprint for addressing the global affordable housing challenge

“Decent, affordable housing is fundamental to the health and well-being of people and to the smooth functioning of economies. Yet around the world, in developing and advanced economies alike, cities are struggling to meet that need. If current trends in urbanization and income growth persist, by 2025 the number of urban households that live inContinue Reading

Labor Department’s Office Web portal on accessible workplace technology

“The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy today announced the launch of — a comprehensive Web portal spearheaded by ODEP’s Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology. From educational articles to interactive tools, the website’s content aims to help employers and the technology industry adopt accessible technology as part of everyday business practiceContinue Reading

H.R.5490 – Wall Street Accountability through Sustainable Funding Act

Summary: H.R.5490 — 113th Congress (2013-2014) All Bill Information (Except Text). There is one summary for this bill. Bill summaries are authored by CRS. Shown Here: Introduced in House (09/16/2014) Wall Street Accountability Through Sustainable Funding Act – Amends the Commodity Exchange Act to require the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) to impose fees to recover the costContinue Reading

Wiley Open Access publishes authoritative peer reviewed open access journals across many research disciplines

“Wiley Open Access journals are supported by a network of authoritative journals and societies as well as internationally renowned editorial board members. All research articles published in Wiley Open Access journals are immediately freely available to read, download and share. Wiley Open Access publishes a number of online journals across biological, chemical and health sciences.Continue Reading

CJEU and the Social Market Economy Goal of the EU

Šmejkal, Václav, CJEU and the Social Market Economy Goal of the EU (October 22, 2014). Charles University in Prague Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 2014/I/1. Available for download at SSRN: “From the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty the EU has among its constitutional objectives the goal of achieving a highly competitiveContinue Reading

The Chapman University Survey on American Fears

“Chapman University has initiated a nationwide poll on what strikes fear in Americans. The Chapman University Survey on American Fears included 1,500 participants from across the nation and all walks of life. The research team leading this effort pared the information down into four basic categories: personal fears, crime, natural disasters and fear factors. AccordingContinue Reading

New GAO – Managing for Results, Small Business Administration

MANAGING FOR RESULTS: Selected Agencies Need to Take Additional Efforts to Improve Customer Service, GAO-15-84: Published: Oct 24, 2014. Publicly Released: Oct 24, 2014: “Providing customer service has been a long-standing challenge for federal agencies. GPRAMA requires that agencies establish a balanced set of performance indicators to be used in measuring progress toward performance goals, including customer service.Continue Reading

Open Data Hub of the European Union

“This portal is about transparency, open government and innovation. The Open Data Portal will provide access to open public data from the European Union. It will also provide access to data of other Union institutions, bodies, offices and agencies at their request. The published data will be downloadable by everyone interested to facilitate reuse, linkingContinue Reading