Status and Future of Geothermal Electric Power

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Geothermal electricity production in the United States began in 1960. Today there are over 20 plants in the western United States providing a total of about 2,200 MW of clean and reliable electricity. Currently identified resources could provide over 20,000 MW of power in the U.S., and undiscovered resources might provide 5 times that amount. In the 1990s industry growth slowed due to the loss ofmarket incentives and competition from natural gas. However, increased interest in clean energy sources, ongoing technological improvements, and renewed opportunities abroad hold promise for a resurgence in the industry. This review paper covers the status of the technology, the issues faced, and the latest research. While the focus is on geothermal in the U.S., a brief description of the largeinternational market is included.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages9
StatePublished - 2000
EventAmerican Solar Energy Society (ASES) Conference - Madison, Wisconsin
Duration: 16 Jun 200021 Jun 2000


ConferenceAmerican Solar Energy Society (ASES) Conference
CityMadison, Wisconsin

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-550-28204


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