Like many other governments, France did not show much interest in alternative energy until now. Could it be because of the world crisis that we all hear about on TV or read in the newspapers? Maybe. But maybe France is interested in becoming a “green” country and help the environment.
Paris wants to invest in geothermal energy and already started to dig and drill to reach for underground hot water. Paris has a lot of potential in geothermal energy, not as much as Iceland, but enough to heat today 170,000 houses. By 2020 this number should be multiplied by six.
The hot water from underground would be pumped up onto ground level and distributed into residential homes for use. The geothermal water has a temperature of 135 degrees Fahrenheit and could be used to heat up more water for consumption and as well to heat radiators.
The project that just begun, will power a new residential area of about 12,000 apartments that will be built by 2011. It will drastically reduce CO2 emissions , and will power up to 54% of the area’s electricity needs.
“For about 25 years there were no new projects because the price of a barrel of oil had gone down, but in recent years there has been a growing awareness of environmental issues, combined with a hike in the price of oil” said Michel Galas of CPCU, the urban heating company that is in charge of this project.
Many countries in the world have great geothermal potential. It’s a real waste that governments are not interested in alternative energy produced by hot water from underground – simple but effective.