Tuesday, December 18, 2012


Geothermal’s Big 12 Events of 2012 (Greentech Media)

With 128 megawatts of geothermal coming on-line in 2012, Greentech Media presents a geothermal year in review.

More than 128 MWe of geothermal capacity came on-line in the U.S. in 2012, the second largest annual capacity addition since 2005.

By comparison, the U.S. will install more than three gigawatts of solar this year, and the U.S. wind industry may hit 12 gigawatts. That’s why a developer recently called U.S. geothermal “sort of nichey.”

Competition from historically low natural gas prices was, as one developer put it, “the threat” in 2012. But geothermal leaders expect gas price volatility to end its own threat. Geothermal’s bigger challenge might come from utility-scale solar and wind. Those resources win the majority of utility contracts, though geothermal offers the same long-term price certainty.

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