The collective voice of Canada's geothermal energy industry
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powEARTHful letter to your elected officials.
This 60-page report provides an assessment of what CanGEA believes to be the true value of geothermal resources in British Columbia. Moreover, it is asserted that geothermal energy as renewable, cost-effective alternative to the Site C hydro dam proposed by BC Hydro. This report builds upon Joint Review Panel (JRP) of the Site C Clean Energy Hearings. The hearings concluded that: “a failure to pursue research over the last 30 years into B.C.’s geothermal resources has left BC Hydro without information about a resource the BC Hydro thinks may offer up to 700 megawatts of firm, economic power with low environmental costs.” CanGEA was granted interested party status at the JRP hearings, and this conclusion largely stems from CanGEA’s submissions. CanGEA considers this number, or 700 megawatts, low. To ensure the true value of geothermal energy is assessed, CanGEA has released The 10 Advantages of Geothermal Energy not Considered by BC Hydro or the Joint Review Panel. Seven of these are economic considerations, and the other three address socio-economic and environmental considerations.
The purchase of this report includes a summary backgrounder.
BC Database - For personal/private use
The database used for the BC Resource Estimate Maps is available for purchase. The download includes the following three data sets in .csv format:
Geothermal Energy Industry Skills and Projects Profile 2017
This 45-page report provides a comprehensive overview of the Canadian geothermal energy industry. It includes detailed information about Canadian companies in the geothermal supply chain and highlights their world-class skills and existing investment opportunities.
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Did you know...
Geothermal is the cleanest source of electricity & heat, using less land and producing fewer emissions than any other energy source
Geothermal power is price competitive, and often lower, than other energy sources
Geothermal power projects create significantly more jobs than comparable large hydro and natural gas fired power plants
Geothermal power is the only renewable base-load option; it also has even higher capacity factors than coal, natural gas, nuclear, and large hydro
Geothermal power facilities produce useful by-product heat that can be integrated with greenhouses, fish farms, and food processing
Geothermal can provide lower cost electricity, heat, and food security to Canada's northern and remote communities
Geothermal resources are found across the country, especially in Western and Northern Canada
Geothermal power plants provide long term cost certainty which helps stabilize electricity rates
With proper heat reservoir management, geothermal power plants can run indefinitely
Canada produces 0MW of geothermal energy, despite having world class geothermal resources
November 16, 2017
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