Why Geothermal Energy?

Why Geothermal Energy?

First published Summer 2011, Crosslink® magazine.


Four main factors make geothermal energy appealing: geothermal kilowatt hours are generally cost competitive with conventional sources of energy; the production of geothermal energy is not associated with significant release of greenhouse gases or waste generation; unlike solar and wind power, geothermal power is predictable and typically supplies uninterrupted energy; and the United States and the world have significant unexploited geothermal resources. Geothermal energy is one of the least land-intensive energy production options available, second only to nuclear energy. By contrast, other energy sources are often characterized by extensive aboveground infrastructure (such as hydroelectric dams and nuclear plants) that are exposed, more vulnerable, and capable of creating significant impact to surrounding land use.

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