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Updated 11 June, 2018

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The Earth houses a vast energy supply in the
form of geothermal resources.

Domestic resources are equivalent to a
30,000-year energy supply
at our current rate for the United States!

National Renewable Energy Laboratory
"Geothermal - The Energy Under Our Feet"
November 2006

Geothermal was created to help geothermal entrepreneurs-companies, small businesses, Native American tribes, homeowners, and individuals-develop geothermal direct use and small power generation projects. is part of the U.S. Department of Energy's GeoPowering the West (GPW) program to dramatically increase the use of geothermal energy in 19 states in the western United States, Alaska, and Hawai'i.



What's New

21 April National Renewable Energy Laboratory Job Postings:

- Senior Engineer I - Geothermal Systems Integration
- Senior Analyst I - Geothermal Energy & Analysis
- Principal Program Manager - Geothermal Technologies
- Senior Program Manager II - Geothermal Technologies
20 April Wanted: Principal Geothermal Engineer
3 April Montana Hot Springs for sale. Contact Ryan Springer at (406) 579-5586 for more information.
10 March FY08 Geothermal Technologies Program Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) FOA Special Notice (Pre-Announcement)
6 March Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements Grants and Guaranteed Loans (Section 9006) — Deadlines vary.
14 February Geothermal Discovery at Teels Marsh, Mineral County, Nevada and new indicators for other geothermal areas in Nevada
11 February The Renewable Energy Transmission Access Advisory Committee (RETAAC) presented their Phase I Report to Nevada Governor Jim Gibbons on 25 January 2008. The report notes the locations of renewable energy resources, their relation to power lines available to transmit the power to population centers, and the locations where transmission lines are needed.

The Great Basin Center for Geothermal Energy of the University of Nevada, Reno was an important contributor to the report.

Public Service Announcements

For sale Has not been on market for 60 years. Turnkey resort established 1999. 300 acres geothermal with 3 artesian wells at 205°F, 2 artesian cold water wells. Use permit and blueprints for 50 unit RV park. For more information:
Geothermal Permitting Guide California Geothermal Energy Collaborative:
Expanding California's Confirmed Geothermal Resources Base (CEC-500-2007-027)
Geothermal Permitting Guide

Blaydes & Associates
April 2007
(PDF file, 1.2 MB)

"An Assessment of Geothermal Resource Development Needs in the Western United States"
Daniel J. Fleischmann
Geothermal Energy Association
January 2007.

The Future of Geothermal Energy "The Future of Geothermal Energy – Impact of Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) on the United States in the 21st Century"
22 January 2007
(PDF file, 14.1MB)
Energy for Keeps Energy for Keeps received the National Green Power Leadership Award on 4 December 2006. The user-friendly book gives people who don't have an energy background information to help them make sound energy decisions.
For sale FOR SALE: Historic Big Bend Hot Springs Resort, Northern California
140 Acres and nearly a mile of Pit River frontage only a quarter mile from the town of Big Bend. Hundreds of GPM's of 180°F artesian water. Unlimited potential for power, recreation, and other commercial ventures. $2.2 million. For more information.

"Geothermal—The Energy Under Our Feet: Geothermal Resource Estimates for the United States"
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Technical Report NREL/TP-840-40665
November 2006.
(PDF file, 2.8 MB)

For sale

FOR SALE: Faywood Hot Springs Resort, New Mexico
Faywood Hot Springs, a True High Desert Oasis, is a Rustic Hot Spring Resort, offering Natural Mineral Water Soaking Pools, Private Cabins, RV & Tent Camping, Massage Therapy, Conference/Retreat Facilities, and more. For more information, contact Dan Yurwit at (609) 273-5900 or

The Economic, Environmental, and Social Benefits of Geothermal in the States

"Fizer Dairy Geothermal Heating"
A Template for the
U.S. Department of Agriculture 2002 Farm bill Initiative:
The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Program USDA Farm Bill Section 9006
(PDF file, 4.8 MB)

National Geothermal Collaborative National Geothermal Collaborative

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