The study concludes that geothermal is proven, could impose markedly lower environmental impacts than fossil-fuel and nuclear power plants, and is likely to be cost-competitive with the alternatives. This coverage in LiveScience points out how big a player geothermal already is in the US:
"The United States is the world's biggest producer of geothermal energy. Nafi Toksöz, a geophysicist at MIT, noted that the electricity produced annually by geothermal plants now in use in California, Hawaii, Utah, and Nevada is comparable to that produced by solar and wind power combined."
Geothermal power could account for 10% of U.S. energy production
Posted on Thursday, Jan 25 2007 @ 07:16 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Slashdot reports geothermal energy could account for 10 percent of the energy production in the U.S. by the year 2050: