appropriations to expand and improve the city's
geothermal-based district hearing system.
Boise is located above a large,
medium-temperature geothermal aquifer. This indigenous
hot water has been used to heat homes and businesses for
more than a century. In recent decades, use of this
natural resource has steadily expanded to serve state,
city, and county buildings and commercial and industrial
Lobbied Congress in 1985 to
obtain $1.0 million in federal appropriations to expand
the city's existing geothermal system.
Lobbied Congress again in 1989
to obtain an additional $1.0 million for expansion of
the geothermal system.
Prepared detailed proposals to
the U.S. Department of Energy to secure release of
Secured $1.0 million in the
F.Y. 1986 Energy and Water Appropriations bill.
Secured an additional $1.0
million in the F.Y. 1990 Energy and Water Appropriations
Prepared proposals to DOE that
resulted in contracts with the city.
Boise's geothermal district
heating system today serves approximately 50 customers
throughout the downtown area.