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See how we can generate clean, renewable energy from hot water sources deep beneath the Earth's surface.

Geothermal energy is heat derived below the earth’s surface which can be harnessed to generate clean, renewable energy. This vital, clean energy resource supplies renewable power around the clock and emits little or no greenhouse gases -- all while requiring a small environmental footprint to develop.

The Energy Department is committed to responsibly developing, demonstrating, and deploying innovative technologies to support the continued expansion of the geothermal industry across the United States.


Top 10 Things You Didn't Know about Enhanced Geothermal Systems
Check out the infographic above to learn how Enhanced Geothermal Systems work. | Graphic by <a href="/node/379579"">Sarah Gerrity</a>.

The U.S. generates more electricity through geothermal energy than any other country in the world. Learn about the breakthrough technology that could help expand use of this renewable energy source.

Energy Department Receives Award for First-of-its-Kind Geothermal Project
The geothermal facility in the Williston Basin in North Dakota. | Photo by Kirby Baier of Continental Resources

The Department of Energy and the University of North Dakota have been recognized by the Geothermal Energy Association for launching the first commercial project that produces geothermal power from an oil and gas well.

Road Tripping through the Geothermal Frontier

And they’re off! After more than a year since the announcement of available funding, the project teams selected for our Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE) each hosted our geothermal experts at their candidate sites this fall. We’re calling it our road trip through the geothermal frontier.