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Transcript of Geothermal Energy
>Geothermal energy is most commonly found in California, Nevada, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, and Utah
>In Iceland, 89% percent of its residents use geothermal energy.
>Geothermal energy is a renewable source and it won't ever deplete because it's a flowing cycle of water, which is heated by the earth's crust.
>It can only be harnessed from hot spots that have a lot of heat. (Mainly in areas such as Iceland and Western United States) The Effects of Geothermal Production >It costs 5 cents per kWh.
>Geothermal powerplants release less than one percent of the carbon dioxide emissions of a fossil fuel plant.
>Geothermal energy producers use scrubber systems to clean the air of hydrogen sulfide that is naturally found in steam and hot water.
>Geothermal energy powerplants are not an eyesore, so there aren't many complaints as to how the powerplant looks, for most of the plant is underground.
>Since there is no burning involved, there is no risk of explosion. The only possible danger is the potential of burning oneself on the hot pipes.
>There are three main types of powerplants:
Geothermal Policy Because Minnesota doesn't have many hot spots to harness geothermal energy, it can't be utilized efficiently. Although the use of geothermal energy might be more energy efficient, it is more of a hassle to harness the small amount of energy that we have in Minnesota. However, there is a company that uses a simpler form of geothermal energy that should be installed in every new home that is built or remodeled.