Geothermal Reserves Greater Than Coal
New maps of U.S. indicate huge potential
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A Google-funded study released on Tuesday indicates that the United States is sitting on geothermal energy reserves 10-times larger than the current output of the country’s coal-fired power plants. Southern Methodist University’s Geothermal Lab has produced new geothermal energy maps, which are now available via a Google search, showing massive areas of untapped geothermal activity in regions previously considered unsuitable for energy production. The report mapped only reserves that are available with current drilling technology. The country’s total capacity is around three million megawatts.
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