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Energy Department Opens National Competition to Advance Awareness on Geothermal Energy

February 28, 2014 - 12:00am

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In support of President Obama's commitment to a clean energy future, the Energy Department announced today a new geothermal student competition: GeoEnergy Is Beautiful 2014 to promote geothermal energy as a player in the nation's renewable energy mix. Student teams from leading colleges and universities and high school seniors are invited to create concepts for high-quality, high-impact infographics and outreach materials that combine accurate, technical information with clear, data-backed messages and aesthetic appeal. The competition will accept applications through March 14, 2014.For those interested in building and showcasing scientific research, communication, and leadership skills, this year's event focuses on a non-technical barrier to geothermal development: public communications.  Geothermal energy production, a complex topic for a broad public audience, is difficult to visualize for many and amplifies the need for accessible information.Five teams will be selected to design and create a communications and outreach strategy throughout an eight-week interactive project period, for final review on May 30th, 2014.  First, second, and third place winners will be announced at the Geothermal Resources Council Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon in late September, where the five selected teams will also have an opportunity to showcase their work and interact with the geothermal community.To learn more about the 2014 geothermal competition, click for an informative flyer about the competition or register to win at the website. Learn more about the Energy Department's efforts to develop geothermal energy.

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