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Geothermal energy has been historically overlooked as a renewable energy source, to the point that it is sometimes referred to as the “forgotten renewable.” But enhanced geothermal systems could open-up thousands of megawatts of energy from new reservoirs, expanding the country’s current 3,000 MW of geothermal energy production to almost 500,000. Separately, Controlled Thermal Resources, an energy company from Australia, wants to develop 1,000 MW of geothermal-generated electricity over the next decade at a site in California’s Salton Sea. That could power about 800,000 homes.
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