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2017 Annual Report: Geothermal Technological Office
U.S. Department of Energy - Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy

Published in
January 2018
The geothermal industry is primed for strong growth. It stands ready to provide a diverse array of technology solutions to meet America’s 21st-century demands for grid stability, reliability, and resiliency, as well as domestic and commercial heating and cooling needs. In order to identify a vision for growth of the domestic geothermal industry across the full range of geothermal energy applications, GTO has engaged in a multi-year research collaboration among national laboratories, industry experts, and academia. The GeoVision study includes analysis of the economic, social, and environmental impacts of geothermal energy deployment, including effects on job creation, water use, consumer energy prices, domestic economics, and air quality. It also investigates opportunities for technology transfer, desalination, mineral recovery, and hybridization with other energy technologies for greater efficiencies and lower costs.