If you have questions about geothermal energy, the Geothermal Energy Association has issued a new report to provide you with answers. Geothermal 101: Basics of Geothermal Energy Production and Use covers the essentials of geothermal energy from electric power to residential heat pumps. "Whether you are an educator, student, policymaker or industry specialist, this report will serve as a guide for your geothermal education," notes Leslie Blodgett, co-editor of the report.
Ever wonder how a geothermal power plant works? Want to know
more about how geothermal energy can help reduce global warming? Curious about
where geothermal resources are located? This 50-page guide is intended to help
you find the answers to these and many other questions. It includes 30 charts,
tables, maps, and pictures to help readers understand the power behind one of
the fastest growing renewable technologies.
Today, the U.S. has about 3,000 MW of geothermal electricity
connected to the grid. In addition, as of August 2008, almost 4,000 MW of new
geothermal power plant capacity is under development. Worldwide, geothermal
energy supplies more than 10,000 MW to 24 countries and now produces enough
electricity to meet the needs of 60 million people.
"There is a tremendous interest in geothermal energy
and its largely untapped potential to help address our energy and climate
problems," reveals Karl Gawell, GEA's executive director. "GEA hopes
that making this report available will help tap the creativity and imagination
of thousands of people to help expand the use of this natural energy
The report includes simple definitions, descriptions and
figures, and cites key national reports that provide further information.
Information and references have been updated with the most recent materials.
"Whether you are new to the basics or have been working in the field for
years, this report provides valuable information," comments co-editor Kara
The report currently is available to download at
New Guide to Geothermal Energy Available for Free
February 17, 2009