Monday, March 4, 2013

The U.S./Icelandic partnership in geothermal energy

We hosted a roundtable discussion with a group of American and Icelandic geothermal experts on the occasion of the Geothermal Conference being held in Reykjavik this week. The conversation around the table made it quite clear that the American/Icelandic geothermal partnership is broad and deep. It includes private, government, scientific, academic, multilateral, and private/government partnerships in every aspect of the geothermal sector: research, development, investment, production, consulting, and education. Many of these partnerships are the result of naturally occurring joint interests and the joining of forces between the world’s largest producer of geothermal energy (the U.S.) and a world leader in geothermal technology (Iceland). We are also proud of the Embassy’s contributions to this cooperation, through a bilateral agreement between our Department of Energy and the Government of Iceland, as well as our support for the U.S. National Science Foundation’s sponsorship of research in this field.