Clean Technica says forget the tar sands.  Canada is sitting on a geothermal goldmine.

Canada’s sitting on “massive” geothermal resources, according to news reports, more than 1 million times its current electricity consumption. “As few as 100 projects could meet Canada’s energy needs,” notes the Geological Survey of Canada research team whose 322-page report will be presented at a geothermal industry conference in Toronto Thursday, Sept. 14.
The 12-scientist team found large geothermal heat reservoirs in British Columbia, Alberta, the Yukon and Northwest Territories that lie close to the surface, making them easier to reach and tap into. They estimate there are 5 gigawatts (GW) of geothermal power available in British Columbia, Alberta and the Yukon alone. British Columbia has so much that it could produce as much electricity as a proposed $7.9-billion, 1,100 megawatt hydroelectric dam.
In contrast to fossil fuel electrical power plants, geothermal power plants produce no greenhouse gas emissions, and geothermal is a renewable resource. It’s cost-effective, and in contrast to renewable energy resources, such as wind and solar that produce electricity on an intermittent basis, it provides a steady stream of electricity, or baseload power.
Currently Canada has no geothermal energy production.  It normally takes 5-7 years to get a geothermal plant in operation.  Here you can read Tyler Hamilton’s omments on why Canada is not further ahead with geothermal energy.
You can download the report here: Geothermal energy resource potential of Canada

 

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