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Geothermal Energy Eyed for Eastern US Community

Charles County, Maryland, USA

Client Charles County, Maryland County Government
Industries FIRL, Land Development, Power
Services Energy and Renewables, Property Development/Redevelopment


Charles County, Maryland, in the mid-Atlantic region of the US, is considering the construction of a geothermal district energy system as a way to reduce dependence on fossil fuels like coal and convert to renewable energy to meet future heating and cooling needs.

The county wants to see how geothermal technologies can apply to the built environment as well as to the design of future planned communities. Both the state and the US federal government have incentives and favorable regulations in place to promote use of geothermal energy. The county wanted an actionable plan that would serve as a road map for future development.

Our Role

Golder surveyed the county from a below-ground geological perspective as well as an above-ground building structure and urban development perspective to understand both the supply and demand. This provided an indication of the scale and development timeline that would be appropriate and allowed Golder to develop ideas and qualify them with the overall county master plans.

We used computer modelling tools to produce concept designs for various sizes and types of building structures. Golder also prescribed the sizes and concept designs for two specific larger-scale installations, or geothermal district energy systems, for a proposed new residential subdivision and a planned redevelopment of an existing downtown core area.

Several economic and environmental business cases were produced that could lend themselves to detailed feasibility studies, or preliminary and detailed design and, ultimately, construction.

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