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Geothermal: General Information

Web sites with useful generic information about geothermal energy development.

Follow the links below to learn more about geothermal energy and ongoing planning efforts related to geothermal energy development.

DOE Tribal Energy Development Guide

DOE's Tribal Energy Development Guide provides a variety of information that tribes can use to achieve tribal energy goals, including a process of strategic energy planning for tribes interested in improving their energy security, sovereignty and local economy; and information on fossil and renewable energy sources, transmission and grid connection, and energy efficiency. The program's Tribal Geothermal Energy Resources page provides maps showing geothermal resources in the vicinity of individual reservations, searchable by state.

Tribal Energy Development Template

The Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma has developed a Tribal Energy Development Primer providing information about energy development on tribal lands, including overviews of both renewable and traditional energy resources; information on infrastructure planning, guidance on assessing environmental and cultural resource issues; guidance on assessing market potential, suitable business structures, and financing options; and a discussion of developing tribal capacity and Tribal Energy Resource Agreements. Development of this document was supported by the DOI's Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development.

DOE Geothermal Technologies Program

The DOE's Geothermal Technologies Program provides information on innovative geothermal energy technologies to find, access, and use the Nation's geothermal resources. The GeoPowering the West Initiative, which is part of this Program, facilitates the development and deployment of geothermal technologies with the ultimate aim of expanding the use of geothermal energy throughout the U.S. The Program has released An Evaluation of Enhanced Geothermal Systems Technology evaluating geothermal energy potential and providing information on the state of technology (as of 2008) available in the commercial geothermal energy industry.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) conducts research and development activities related to renewable fuels and electricity, and its Web site provides information about geothermal energy resources and technologies.

Idaho National Laboratory Geothermal Program

The Idaho National Laboratory Geothermal Program works in partnership with the U.S. geothermal industry with the goal of establishing geothermal energy as an economically competitive contributor to the U.S. energy supply. The Program focuses on geothermal resource technologies for both direct use and electricity generation, particularly those resources considered marginally economical, and on the characterization and management of geothermal reservoirs in the U.S.

Renewable Energy Atlas of the West

The Renewable Energy Atlas of the West includes interactive maps of solar, wind, geothermal, and biomass resources in the western U.S.

U.S. Geological Survey on Geothermal Resources

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has published a fact sheet summarizing its Assessment of the Moderate and High Temperature Geothermal Resources in the U.S. In addition, the USGS Geothermal Resources Web page presents scientific studies related to the viability and development of geothermal reservoirs in the U.S.

Small Geothermal Systems

NREL provides information about small scale geothermal systems, specifically regarding geothermal heat pumps.

GeoHeat Center

The GeoHeat Center promotes the transfer of technological information for the development of direct use geothermal energy to the general public through U.S. DOE grants. Information is developed from firsthand experience from projects and research. The center's resources include publications, maps, databases, and case studies.

Geothermal Energy Association

The Geothermal Energy Association is a trade association that supports the expanded use of geothermal energy worldwide. Its membership is composed of U.S. companies. The Web site provides various publications and information on geothermal power production and development.

Geothermal Resources Council

The Geothermal Resources Council is a professional association that focuses on the professional development of its members, information and technology transfer, and education services. The council holds annual workshops on a variety of topics relevant to geothermal development and publishes a bimonthly newsletter and other informational reports.

Geothermal Energy Development Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement

The public information center for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's (BLM's) Geothermal Energy Development Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement provides information about the potential impacts of geothermal energy development in 11 western states plus Alaska, and about the requirements of the BLM's geothermal energy development program.

Western Regional Air Partnership Recommendations

The Western Regional Air Partnership released a study on Generating Electricity from Renewable Resources in Indian Country, providing recommendations to tribal leaders on (1) developing renewable energy technologies to meet air quality and visibility goals established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and (2) using these technologies to achieve economic development and energy-related goals.

Green Power Marketing

Information about green power marketing is provided by NREL's Green Power Network and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership.