It’s a matter of leadership.
Geothermal – We have it. It works. It’s cheap. It’s safe. It’s a gift. Let’s go!
It’s ironic that Third World countries are moving into geothermal so quickly, while Hawai‘i is moving backward fast, by using biofuels to make electricity.
- The Great Rift Valley, an area of Eastern Africa with strong tectonic activity, offers immense potential for large-scale geothermal projects. Some estimates put the resource potential along the rift at 15,000 MW.
- Today, Nicaragua produces electric power by burning oil and coal. Tomorrow (or, at least in the not-too-distant future), the small Central American nation intends to tap the chain of volcanoes it sits above as a source of geothermal energy.
- In the Philippines, geothermal energy already provides 27 percent of the country’s total electricity production generated in power plants. Geothermal power plants are on the islands Luzon, Negros, Mindanao and Leyte.
- Ormoc City, a city on the island of Leyte, has a population of 184,000 and produces 708 MW of geothermal. Here on the Big Island, where we have a very similar population (185,000), we only produce 30 MW.