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Oct042010

West Virginia capable of supporting geothermal energy production

SMU Geothermal Laboratory discovered unexpectedly high temperatures beneath West Virginia capable of supporting geothermal energy production. As a result, they’ve increased estimates of West Virginia’s total heat content by 78% and geothermal generation potential by 75%. The finding, first reported today in Science News, will be presented at the upcoming Geothermal Resources Council conference in Sacramento, CA.

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“The finding indicates that West Virginia potentially holds the highest grade geothermal resources east of the Mississippi River. SMU estimates that 2% of West Virginia’s geothermal resources could support over 18,890 megawatts of electrical generating capacity using Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) and other advanced geothermal technologies such as Co-Produced Fluids and Low Temperature Hydrothermal.”

The results can be seen in the updated Google Earth layer on U.S. Geothermal Resources.:

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