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Geothermal energy is the most intense of the sources of renewable energy technology


Feb 1, 2021

The energy sector changes are taking place so fast that we have less time to try and understand renewable energy technologies in detail. A report called Climate Change Impacts in the United States articulates some of these energy options and their impact on the environment and the economy. A chapter in the report dealing with Energy, water, and land use, outlines how the incorporation of these technologies in the system is highly dependent and water supplies.

Moreover, the report explains the risks, opportunities, and vulnerabilities that the pursuit of these renewable energy technologies. The previous analysis of the land in use each time a megawatt of clean energy is developed and the new resources occupying this area. This chapter generalizes in its analysis of the climate change impacts while monitoring different areas in the US.

The report observes the electricity production by fuel and cooling technology while connoting the intensity of land-use by each project in different energy technology lights. The only problem is that there is little data concerning geothermal energy in this report making it the least of the known renewable energy source. The report explains that the siting of lands and water-intensive energy facilities will develop in the time provided these projects continue to compete for the available resources.

Incorporating the energy, water, and land systems open avenues for the exploration of energy options that can minimize emissions while promoting efficiency and increasing reliance on these energy sources. All the strategies of mitigating greenhouse gas emissions involve the utilization of a natural resource, socioeconomic unit, or the environment itself. Each energy technology varies from the other depending on its utilization of natural resources and the resultant carbon emissions. Every energy technology adopted results in the tradeoff for one of these synergies forcing the developers to assess the impact before venturing the technology they prefer.

The report articulates the approximate land that will be required in the pursuit of each energy technology to generate a unit of energy. These statistics are per the Energy Information Administration Reference projecting how the future energy industry will be like. The entire report points to geothermal energy as the least land-use renewable energy technology coming in after nuclear energy. Solar energy has revealed that it utilizes double the land taken by geothermal power to generate a TWh of electricity. Nevertheless, solar and wind power produce five to ten times the power obtained from geothermal energy. Therefore, it is also essential to include geothermal power, the less demanding energy source that also offers renewable electricity.