Cities recognized for their ground breaking use of geothermal energy.
Last month the Geothermal Energy Association announced that the city of Perth, Australia is now among the top 5 energy producing cities in the world. What is their secret and who are the other top cities when it comes to making use of geothermal energy? Lets make a list….
5 – Perth, Australia: A new addition to the list, Perth is benefiting from the newest technology to harness its geothermic potential. The entire landmass of Australia has a layer of granite beneath it which has long been seen as a massive untapped source of energy from the earth. Perth is poised to be the place where the dream becomes a reality.
4 – Masdar City, UAE: A legendary city even before it was built, this ecological-urban planning dream makes use of clever geothermal energy companies from Iceland. But unlike Iceland, out in the desert, Masdar relies on a process that warms ground water instead of hot springs.
3 – Reykjavik, Iceland: They probably deserve to be number one, as the Icelandic capital does it all thanks to their hot springs and their never-ending supply of geothermic activity. The world might think of volcanoes and ash-clouds, but Reykjavik thinks home heating, electricity, and lovely swimming pools.
2 – Reno, Nevada: What happens in Vegas might stay in Vegas, but down in Reno the world is taking notice of a city that gets all its electricity and increasing amounts of heating from their own geothermal power plant. Not bad for the red-headed step-child of Las Vegas.
1 – Boise, Idaho: Possibly the last name you would think of to earn global recognition, but in fact – Boise has been enjoying the benefits of geothermal energy since the 1800’s. They’ve done so well with electricity and heating that they are now expanding beyond their city limits. Look out world, here comes Boise!
Source: Sustainability Matters
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