Applaud Oklahoma Aquarium for Pursuing Geothermal Renewable Energy Project

Target: Governor of Oklahoma, Mary Fallin

Goal: Applaud aquarium for pursuing geothermal renewable energy to reduce its demand for power.

Oklahoma Aquarium of Jenks, a southern suburb of Tulsa, will be the site of the city’s first geothermal energy project. The aquarium, in need of repairs for its heating and ventilation system, elected to update to a new cleaner geothermal option, expected to greatly reduce its demand for other dirtier power. Applaud the aquarium for making the responsible environmental choice to make this transition rather than sticking with older technology.

The 12 year old HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system in the aquarium was in dire need of repairs following rapid deterioration from the moisture in the salt air environment. In preparation for this, City Manager Mike Tinker reported that about $110,000 was budgeted to update the system. Things changed at the suggestion of City Engineer Robert Carr to transition to a geothermal system through the U.S. Department of Energy. The Department of Energy approved a grant of $92,000 to be administered through the Department of Commerce, requiring a match of $18,400.

The new ground-source heat pump will be put into use in the 10,000 square-foot quarantine and research facility, where many animals are kept until its exhibit space is complete. Tinker said in the future, the aquarium’s goal is to make use of geothermal for all 80,000 square feet of the facility. “If I had the dollars to do that, I certainly would,” he said. “This gives us a good look to see if this is the way we want to go.” Carr estimates this new installation will lead to 40 to 50 percent electric and natural gas savings, cutting down on the quarantine building’s current energy costs of around $75,000 per year. In addition to the new air unit, a geothermal well, cooler and heat pump will replace two 20 ton and one 10 ton heating and air units from the old system.

The new geothermal technology being put into use by the Oklahoma Aquarium will save money and prevent needless harmful emissions. The work of the authorities responsible for this transition should receive credit. Sign this petition to ask Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin to applaud the Oklahoma Aquarium for its environmentally responsible choices.


Dear Governor Fallin,

Oklahoma Aquarium of Jenks will soon be the state’s first geothermal energy generation site. Rather than updating its ailing 12-year old current HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system, authorities at the aquarium have elected to install a new geothermal system to supply power to their quarantine and research building. This transition is expected to save 40 to 50 percent on electric and natural gas costs for the quarantine building, which currently requires about $75,000 per year.

The new air unit, heat pump, cooler and geothermal well will replace two 20 ton and one 10 ten heating and air units for the old system. The new geothermal technology is expected to stand up to the salt-air environment of the aquarium much better than the machinery being replaced. The choices of officials at this facility will save money and prevent needless harmful emissions. I urge you to commend the Oklahoma Aquarium for its responsible environmentally-minded decisions.


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