New Geothermal Hotspots Identified Throughout Eastern U.S.
The eastern two-thirds of the U.S. has greater geothermal potential than some areas in the western portion of the country, claims a new study byand Southern Methodist University (SMU).
The project estimates that the technical potential for the continental U.S. exceeds 2.9 million megawatts—ten times the capacity of all of the currently operating U.S. coal-fired power plants. Drawing on tens of thousands of new thermal data points, the study takes into account newer technologies and drilling methods and eliminates inaccessible zones such as national parks, large urban areas, and protected lands.
SMU identifies areas of the Appalachians, parts of South Dakota, northern Illinois, the Gulf Coast, and southeastern Colorado as places of “particular geothermal interest.” Conventional U.S. geothermal production has been restricted to tectonically active locations in the western third of the country.
Navaro, R. (2011, November 29). New Geothermal Hotspots Identified Throughout Eastern U.S.. Retrieved from https://www.buildinggreen.com/newsbrief/new-geothermal-hotspots-identified-throughout-eastern-us