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Cash injection to tap geothermal potential

The Government is investing $150,000 into stimulating demand for geothermal heat resources in the Bay of Plenty region.

Despite the cost of renewable geothermal energy being comparatively cheaper than gas and coal, currently only 5 per cent of geothermal energy is being used in New Zealand.  If used for high value products, geothermal heat could give the local and national economy a competitive edge, growing industries in timber drying, aquaculture/tourism, horticulture and milk drying.

The investment decision arose out of the the Start 2 Steam Workshop held in Rotorua in May earlier this year. The investment will be used for a Geothermal Business Development Lead to support work in stimulating demand for geothermal heat resources, including attracting investment from industry and promoting the value proposition and commercial opportunities.