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Changes in the geothermal order

Jürgen Heup, 29 Apr 14
The US still leads the field in installing geothermal energy systems. But according to the country’s Geothermal Energy Association (GEA), that could soon change.

The US currently has 3,442 megawatts (MW) of geothermal capacity installed. The Philippines are next in line with 1,904 MW, followed by Indonesia with 1,333 MW. However, this year’s GEA market report shows that while Indonesia has 63 projects amounting to 4,400 MW in the pipeline, the US is only on track to install about 977 MW. Also, Kenya and Ethiopia have great geothermic potential and could overtake the US in the coming years.

Both countries are currently building geothermal systems that, at 100 MW, exceed the capacity of the average US plant four times over. In the next two months, Kenya will be putting a combined total of 240 MW of geothermal capacity online. Experts estimate that the East African country has a geothermal potential of 10,000 to 15,000 MW. Kenya hopes that geothermal energy will be covering 30 percent of its electricity consumption by 2017.

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