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Selected Web Pages

The Future of Geothermal Energy
http://geothermal.inel.gov/publications/future_of_geothermal_energy.pdf
The Future of Geothermal Energy – Impact of Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) on the United States in the 21st Century, a report prepared by an MIT-led interdisciplinary panel, was released to the public January 22, 2007. The report suggests that 100,000 MWe of electrical generation capacity can be met through EGS within 50 years with a modest investment in R&D.

Geothermal Energy Association
http://www.geo-energy.org/
The Geothermal Energy Association is a trade association composed of U.S. companies who support the expanded use of geothermal energy and are developing geothermal Resources worldwide for electrical power generation and direct-heat uses.

Geothermal Energy Renewable Energy Technology Basics
http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/tech/geothermal
Geothermal energy is the heat from the Earth. It's clean and sustainable. Resources of geothermal energy range from the shallow ground to hot water and hot rock found a few miles beneath the Earth's surface, and down even deeper to the extremely high temperatures of molten rock called magma....

Geothermal Resources Council
http://www.geothermal.org/

A History of Geothermal History in the United States
http://www1.eere.energy.gov/geothermal/history.html
Courtesy of the U.S. Department of Energy Geothermal Technologies Program.

Idaho National Laboratory
Geothermal Energy
http://geothermal.inel.gov/
The mission of the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Geothermal Program is to work in partnership with U.S. industry to establish geothermal energy as an economically competitive contributor to the U.S. energy supply. Since 1974, the INL has been a key laboratory in executing the Department of Energy’s Geothermal Program, investigating and developing geothermal resource technologies for both direct use and electricity generation, particularly those resources considered marginally economical. Working closely with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and other national laboratories, the INL ensures availability of nationally recognized geothermal leadership to implement a successful national program. Working with both the states and the DOE, INL has assumed leadership in optimizing the region's geothermal resources. INL is the lead laboratory for the DOE Geothermal Energy Program's geoscience research, focused on characterization and management of geothermal reservoirs. INL also coordinates the international geothermal program for DOE as well as both managing and performing research and development activities on many of the other major activities in DOE’s Geothermal Program, including the Heat Cycle, Enhanced Geothermal Systems, and Exploration programs.

U.S. Department of Energy
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Geothermal Technologies Program
http://www1.eere.energy.gov/geothermal/
EERE's Geothermal Technologies Program works in partnership with U.S. industry to establish geothermal energy as an economically competitive contributor to the U.S. energy supply.

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