Alaska Harbors Geothermal Energy Potential

January 10, 2014

Leveraging historical investments in innovative exploration technologies from the U.S. Department of Energy, a study released yesterday from the USGS estimates a potential 29 MW of geothermal energy—nearly ten times higher than estimates from the 1980s—beneath Akutan Volcano. Energy from this active volcano, nestled in the remote fringe of Alaska’s Aleutian Island chain, could be enough to power the largest seafood production facility in North America, found on this tiny island. Methodologies such as Play Fairway Analysis, being developed through the Energy Department will help to identify potential drilling locations with a higher probability of success to harvest this impressive potential resource. Click here to see the USGS press release, or read the full report.

geothermal exploration drilling on Akutan, an island on the Alaskan Aleutian chain

Photo courtesy of Geothermal Resources Council.