Geothermal Energy Utilization

Associated with Oil & Gas Development


Richard Erdlac


Dr. Richard Erdlac is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a B.S. in Physics and a M.S. in Geology. He also has a Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin in Structural Geology.

Richard began his professional carrier with Gulf Oil Exploration and Production Company as an Exploration Geophysicist. He worked in New Orleans, Houston, and Midland. During this time he interpreted geophysical and geological data in the Gulf of Mexico and throughout the Permian Basin of West Texas. Dr. Erdlac was cofounder of a non-profit research group in Midland called West Texas Earth Resources Institute where he and his colleagues worked on regional energy evaluation projects for 18 different oil and gas companies.

More recently, Richard has accepted a position with a new startup company in Midland called Energy America, presently focused on geothermal energy from deep oil and gas wells, with a long-term goal of assisting in securing the future of America’s energy needs.

Dr. Erdlac has also worked in the academic profession, being employed by the Bureau of Economic Geology in Austin, Texas Tech University, and The University of Texas of the Permian Basin through the Center for Energy and Economic Diversification. He has conducted surface field mapping in Guatemala and the Trans-Pecos region of Texas and New Mexico.

He has authored over 80 articles and presentations and has been involved with securing funding of nearly $1.6 million for research and over $2 million in data and software grants.


Contact Information: Energy America Geothermal

                                303 Veterans Airpark Lane, Suite 4101

                                Midland, TX 79705

                                Tel: 432-618-8853