Sunday, July 1, 2012

Geothermal Industry Sees 26% Growth in 2009



Geothermal is catching on. Last year, 188 new geothermal projects were started in the US.

Together they could together produce as much as 7875 MW of energy. These projects could potentially provide electricity for 7.6 million people, or enough energy to completely replace California’s coal-fired plants.

“California could achieve its 2020 goal for global warming emissions reductions just by keeping energy demand level and replacing its coal-fired generation with geothermal,” said Karl Garwell, The Geothermal Energy Association’s Executive Director.

Nevada is the leading state for geothermal development with 3000 MW under development, with Utah being the fastest growing state having quadrupled its capacity under development.

The Geothermal Energy Association estimates that up to 29,750 permanent jobs and 11,200 person-years of construction manufacturing employment will be created by geothermal energy development projects.

The projects will represent more than US$ 35 billion of capital investment when complete.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sabah should get their own geothermal plant to generate electric power and solve the shortage of electricity supply in Sabah.

Anonymous said...

Isn't Sabah will be having its own geothermal plant soon?

Anonymous said...

188 geothermal projects are started in US. This power generation method is common in the United States and Sabah will be the first to introduce a geothermal power plant by 2015.

Anonymous said...

Yes, Sabah will be having our own geothermal plant by the end of year 2015. It is expected to help reduce the electricity shortage problem in the state.

Smookiekins said...

The emission free geothermal plant will tap natural hot fluids from the ground for steam production to drive the steam turbine generator, it will generate 36MW under phase one and an additional 31MW under phase two.

Smookiekins said...

Prime Minister said the renewable energy target under the 10th Malaysia Plan was 5.5% of the total capacity mix in 2015 or 985MW of generating capacity, from less than 1% previously.

Mark Martin said...

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In addition to that, I have read an article stating that in 1892, America's first district heating system in Boise, Idaho was powered directly by geothermal energy, and was copied in Klamath Falls, Oregon in 1900. A deep geothermal well was used to heat greenhouses in Boise in 1926, and geysers were used to heat greenhouses in Iceland and Tuscany at about the same time.[10] Charlie Lieb developed the first downhole heat exchanger in 1930 to heat his house. Steam and hot water from geysers began heating homes in Iceland starting in 1943.
Generally pays for itself in 5-6 years.

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