Geothermal energy provides more than 2700 megawatts (MW) of electric power to U.S. residents - comparable to 60 million barrels of oil per year, enough for 3.5 million homes. This is only a small fraction of the potential value of geothermal energy in the U.S.
Geothermal electricity is clean - no fossil fuels are burned. Geothermal electricity produced in the U.S. displaces the emission of 22 million tons of carbon dioxide a year!
Geothermal electricity is reliable - a geothermal plant's average system availability is 95% or higher, compared to 60-70% for coal and nuclear plants.
Geothermal electricity is cost-effective. The current cost of geothermal electricity ranges from $0.05 to $0.10 per kilowatt-hour, and technology improvements are steadily lowering that range.
The average geothermal field uses 1-8 acres per megawatt (MW) versus 5-10 acres per MW for nuclear-operations and 19 acres per MW for coal power plants.
Geothermal electricity is homegrown, reduces our need to import oil, reduces the trade deficit and adds jobs to the U.S. economy.