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Get Your Hot Rocks Off: SMU Prof Has Found a Way to Get Texas Off the Grid

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SMU's been tapped by the State Energy Conservation Office to study clean, renewable energy sources throughout the state of Texas -- and danged if Maria Richards, program coordinator for the SMU Geothermal Laboratory, doesn't think she's found one. Today, the university posted a preview of its assessment due to the SECO later this month, and, if nothing else, it's sure to generate a bit of geothermal heat. As in:

Like the oil and gas beneath Texas, there's a huge quantity of naturally occurring "hot rocks" underground that could be tapped for geothermal energy to produce electricity, according to new research by SMU scientists. South and East Texas have an abundant supply, say the researchers.

"There is more than enough heat below our feet to take all the state's industrial consumption off the existing transmission grid," says Maria Richards, program coordinator for the SMU Geothermal Laboratory.

The preview can be read in its entirety here. And you can listen to excerpts from Sleater-Kinney's The Hot Rock here.

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