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New map shows vast potential for geothermal energy beneath entire US

Saul Elbein of The Hill reports on geothermal’s potential in the U.S.

The C3 Take
  • A new platform from Project Innerspace, a nonprofit focused on building out the geothermal industry, has revealed the massive potential for geothermal in the United States.
  • While all nearly every region of the country could benefit from tapping into geothermal, western states and Texas have the most hot spots that could be accessed.
  • Importantly, the map revealed that current and abandoned coal plants could easily be converted into geothermal power plants with minimal construction or permitting requirements.

“Texas in particular stands out: The data shows a hundred-mile-wide corridor of near-surface geothermal heat that cuts across the state from the Rio Grande Valley northwest past Houston to Shreveport, La. — encompassing not only a constellation of military bases and power plants but also one of the country’s greatest industrial heartlands.”

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