Geothermal Energy

What geothermal energy is:

NREL National Geothermal map
National Geothermal Resources This map was created by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory for the US Department of Energy.

Geothermal energy in North Dakota:

  • Western North Dakota has favorable locations for enhanced geothermal systems, or EGS.
    • Oil wells have been drilled deep into the earth in western North Dakota.
      • Scientists and researchers are using information from deep oil wells to help develop geothermal energy.

How geothermal energy affects the people of North Dakota:

  • Geothermal energy has the potential for North Dakotans to save money on their utility bills.
    • Geothermal heat pumps can be used to heat and cool homes.
      • Most new schools and other public buildings are adding geothermal heat pumps to their heating systems.
  • The development of geothermal energy for generating electricity has great potential in the state.
    • The University of North Dakota is researching deep-well drilling that is being done in western North Dakota for possible commercial development of geothermal energy.
      • Enormous geothermal power could be generated from oil field waters in the production of electricity.
  • Employment (job) opportunities are great for scientists, researchers, and other workers in the field of geothermal energy.