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Western U.S. powering up on geothermal

There’s a lot of hot water deep in the ground out West and states are harnessing it for power generation.


Geothermal caches, underground reservoirs of hot water and steam, have been used as electricity sources since 1971 and accounted for 0.4 percent of total U.S. generation in 2013.  While most of the production has been centered in California other western states, including Nevada, Utah and Oregon, are adding capacity.


What makes geothermal so appealing is that it taps a renewable and clean resource – water or steam – for generation, unlike conventional thermal power plants which typically burn fossil fuel to heat water to generate steam to power electricity-making turbines.

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