2008 Geothermal Technologies Market Report

Michelle Kubik

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


This report describes market-wide trends for the geothermal industry throughout 2008 and the beginning of 2009. It begins with an overview of the U.S. DOE's Geothermal Technology Program's (GTP's) involvement with the geothermal industry and recent investment trends for electric generation technologies. The report next describes the current state of geothermal power generation and activity within the United States, costs associated with development, financing trends, an analysis of the levelized cost of energy (LCOE), and a look at the current policy environment. The report also highlights trends regarding direct use of geothermal energy, including geothermal heat pumps (GHPs). The final sections of the report focus on international perspectives, employment and economic benefits from geothermal energy development, and potential incentives in pending national legislation.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages46
StatePublished - 2009

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-6A2-46022

Other Report Number

  • DOE/GO-102009-2864


  • electric generation
  • geothermal
  • geothermal ground source heat pumps (GHP)
  • geothermal policy
  • geothermal power generation
  • Geothermal Technologies Program
  • international development
  • national renewables policy
  • null
  • renewable energy financing


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