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The Ormat Steamboat geothermal complex in Reno, Nev., generates 84 megawatts of power, enough to power the entire residential load of the city of Reno.
The Ormat Steamboat geothermal complex in Reno, Nev., generates 84 megawatts of power, enough to power the entire residential load of the city of Reno.
(ORMAT TECHNOLOGIES)

Economy Lab

Geothermal electricity: Alberta’s new energy ace card

When most of us think of geothermal energy, we think of the small-scale heat pump systems used to heat a building or a few homes. But large-scale geothermal projects tap heat much deeper in the Earth’s crust to produce electricity, a technique that works well in places like Iceland and the Philippines.