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Geothermal Energy Use Increases 12 Percent in Four Years

The United States accounts for 2,544 MW of total installed capacity and 1,914 MW of operation, and the difference is due to a lack of steam due to over-exploitation of the Geysers field in California.

Published: 17-Dec-2005

PARIS, France, December 14, 2005 -- The installed global capacity for geothermal electric systems reached 8,910,6 MW last year, the fourth largest green power sector behind hydro, biomass and wind, says the latest analysis of the technology in Europe.

The level compares with 7,973 MW in 2000 and, of the total capacity, 8,012 MW was operational, explains EurObserv'ER. The United States accounts for 2,544 MW of total installed capacity and 1,914 MW of operation, and the difference is due to a lack of steam due to over-exploitation of the Geysers field in California.

Available steam in the Geysers can supply only 888 MW of the 1,421 MW capacity, the report explains, despite the fact that two pipelines where built to re-inject treated water from sewage purification plants from surrounding cities into the geothermal pockets.

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