Distribution of high-temperature (>150 °C) geothermal resources in California

Open-File Report 2002-132
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California contains, by far, the greatest geothermal generating capacity in the United States, and with the possible exception of Alaska, the greatest potential for the development of additional resources. California has nearly 2/3 of the US geothermal electrical installed capacity of over 3,000 MW. Depending on assumptions regarding reservoir characteristics and future market conditions, additional resources of between 2,000 and 10,000 MWe might be developed (see e.g., Muffler, 1979).

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Distribution of high-temperature (>150 °C) geothermal resources in California
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 2002-132
DOI 10.3133/ofr02132
Year Published 2002
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Contributing office(s) Geology, Minerals, Energy and Geophysics Science Center
Description Report: 4 p.; Map: EPS file
Country United States
State California
Additional Online Files (Y/N) Y
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