Microseismic User Group (MUG)

Does Geothermal have a role to play in reducing GHGs and transitioning off the hydrocarbon economy?

Catherine Hickson PhD, P.Geo.

Catherine Hickson PhD, P.Geo.
Alberta No. 1

Wednesday, January 19th, 2022 – 12:00 PM MST

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Geothermal energy has been receiving increased media attention, yet projects remain challenged at raising funds and only a handful of projects are going forward in the Canadian marketplace.  Conventional geothermal has a number of hurdles to overcome before widespread acceptance and investment, especially in oil and gas producing regions.  On the technical side, one of these hurdles is the perception that geothermal will result in unacceptable levels of microseismicity.  On the commercial side, availability of low-cost natural gas for heating, as well as already established pipeline networks, are significant economic hurdles for geothermal. Additionally (especially in the Alberta marketplace), electricity prices do not reflect the “green” elements of geothermally generated power, however, this gap is closing due to carbon credits.  All of these factors will be discussed in the context of incorporating more geothermal power and thermal heat production in the energy mix of the globe. 


Catherine Hickson PhD, P.Geo. 

Catherine is a geologist and senior executive who has been involved in the geothermal industry for more than 40 years.  Starting as a student running temperature logs in gradient wells, she then went on to finish her PhD at UBC investigating the Wells Gray Clearwater volcanic field and its potential for geothermal energy. She then became a research scientist with the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC) and was head of its Cordilleran Office in Vancouver for seven years. While at the GSC she continued working on projects that tied together geothermal energy and volcanology.  In 2008 she left the GSC to join a pure play geothermal company as VP Exploration.  Since then, she has been working globally on projects in over 14 countries overseeing all facets of the industry - from green field exploration projects to reservoir modelling and injection strategies, to raising funds for development companies. She joined Geothermal Canada (then the Canadian Geothermal Association) in 1981 and has continued to participate in the association for the past 40 years, serving several stints as President. She currently serves as its Vice president. Catherine is CEO of Alberta No. 1 and Chief Geoscientist for Terrapin Geothermics, she is also President of Tuya Terra Geo Corp maintaining a global geothermal practice.