A discussion of geothermal energy, environmental impacts associated with geothermal energy development, and mitigation measures to avoid or reduce geothermal energy development impacts.
Follow the links below to learn about geothermal energy and environmental impacts of geothermal energy development, including impacts from site evaluation, construction, operation, and decommissioning of geothermal energy facilities. You'll also find information about mitigation measures that can be used to reduce environmental impacts.
Geothermal energy projects that generate electricity require electric transmission systems to transport the electricity they generate to consumers. Environmental impacts from construction and operation of electric transmission systems are discussed separately in the Energy Transmission section, and must be considered in addition to the impacts presented here.