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For those interested in learning more about geothermal energy today, we recommend starting with publications available to download free of charge from GEA’s Web site (

  • A Guide to Geothermal Energy and the Environment . This 87-page booklet covers a wide range of environmental topics as well as provides an introduction to geothermal energy as this resource is being used today.
  • A Handbook on the Externalities, Employment, and Economics of Geothermal Energy . This 65-page report covers economic, employment and other issues not examined, or not examined in depth, in the environmental guide.
  • The State of Geothermal Energy, Part I: Subsurface Technology . A 70-page report that examines the technologies, risks and difficulties facing geothermal exploration, drilling and reservoir management. It looks at current and emerging technologies.
  • The State of Geothermal Technology, Part II: Surface Technology . A 78-page document that covers how geothermal resources are used to provide energy for power plants, homes and commercial uses. It dissects the technologies used today and glimpses into the future.

The U.S. Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) also recommends these Web sites for additional information:

  • The Geothermal Education Office: Great education materials about all types of geothermal energy uses. Take a few minutes and view the wonderful geothermal slide show.
  • The Geothermal Energy Association: Information about geothermal power, including companies developing new technologies and building new projects in the U.S.
  • The Geothermal Resources Council: Links to information about U.S. and world geothermal information, and annual U.S. technical conference on geothermal energy. Students can sign up for the GRC Annual Meeting free!
  • The U.S. Geological Survey:
  • The International Ground Source Heat Pump Association: Local to national information about geothermal heat pumps, including directory of businesses. You can search for heat pump designers, installers and dealers in your area.
  • The Geothermal Heat Pump Consortium: Geothermal Heat Pump industry information and events. Check out the fact sheets and brochures under their publications tab.
  • Geo-Center of the Oregon Institute of Technology: U.S. DOE funded information center on geothermal energy, particularly unique site for information on geothermal “direct uses” such as greenhouses and building heating. You can click on their interactive map to see geothermal projects in your state.

Below is a partial listing of university related geothermal programs with additional information available at their Web sites:

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