Like the more conventional energy resources, alternative energy can also come from underground. Geothermal energy refers to energy generated from heat contained within the Earth. The Web sites in this section discuss geothermal energy in great detail.
Insights for Geothermal Energy
- Children learning about geothermal energy will benefit from the Energy Information Administration’s EIA Energy Kids site, which hosts a straightforward article about the basics of geothermal energy, accompanied by useful illustrations, diagrams and photographs.
- Those interested in advanced information about the future of geothermal power in the U.S. should consult the analysis conducted by MIT in 2006. The report “evaluate[s] the technical and economic feasibility of EGS [Enhanced (or engineered) Geothermal Systems] becoming a major supplier of primary energy for U.S. base-load generation capacity by 2050.”
Top Sites for Geothermal Energy
Geothermal Education Office provides facts about geothermal power and how it works, and supplements its discussion with a slideshow full of helpful illustrations.
Geothermal Energy Association explains the basics of geothermal energy, its current and potential uses, its environmental impacts and more.
Geothermal Resources Council discusses what geothermal energy is and how it works. Don’t miss the link to a tour of a virtual geothermal power plant.
Minerals Management Service explains its role in managing geothermal energy resources on federal lands in this PDF file.