Plans, Implementation, and Results

The Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO) carries out technology research, development, and deployment through an ongoing process of planning and analysis, implementation, and review. This Web page includes links to documents that support and document the program management process, and the results and public benefits that derive from them.

  • Overview

    Learn more about this EERE Office.

  • Plans

    Discover the plans, budgets, and analyses that set the direction of office priorities and activities.

  • Implementation

    Find out how the office controls, implements, and adjusts its plans and manages its activities.

  • Results
    Learn about the technological, commercial, and other outputs and outcomes that result from the public funds appropriated to the office and managed by it.

Overview

Key Office Overview Documents


  • 2013 Geothermal Technologies Office Annual Report
    For the Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO), 2013 was a year of major achievements and repositioning to introduce major initiatives. Read all about our progress and successes this year, and as we look ahead, our new opportunities and initiatives.
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  • Low-Temperature and Co-Produced Resources Fact Sheet
    This two-page Geothermal Technologies Office fact sheet provides an overview of low-temperature and co-produced resources. It includes technology benefits and project highlights.
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  • What is an Enhanced Geothermal System (EGS)? Fact Sheet
    This Geothermal Technologies Office fact sheet explains how engineered geothermal reservoirs called Enhanced Geothermal Systems are used to produce energy from geothermal resources that are otherwise not economical due to a lack of fluid and/or perme
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  • Geothermal Technologies Office Annual Report 2012
    This annual report for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Geothermal Technologies Office highlights program areas, special projects, and accomplishments in 2012.
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  • Hydrothermal Resources Fact Sheet
    This two-page fact sheet provides an overview of hydrothermal resources and hydrothermal reservoir creation and operation.
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  • What is the National Geothermal Data System (NGDS)? Fact Sheet
    Overview of the National Geothermal Data System, a distributed, interoperable network of data repositories and state geological service providers from across the U.S. and the nation's leading academic geothermal centers.
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  • Geothermal Power/Oil & Gas Coproduction Opportunity
    Coproduced geothermal resources can deliver near-term energy savings, diminish greenhouse gas emissions, extend the economic life of oil and gas fields, and profitably utilize oil and gas field infrastructure. This two-pager provides an overview of
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  • Geothermal Technologies Program Overview - Peer Review Program
    This Geothermal Technologies Program presentation was delivered on June 6, 2011 at a Program Peer Review meeting. It contains annual budget, Recovery Act, funding opportunities, upcoming program activities, and more.
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Structure and Key Contacts


Office News


Plans

Strategic Plans


  • Geothermal Tomorrow 2008
    Contributors from the Geothermal Technologies Program and the geothermal community highlight the current status and activities of the Program and the development of the global resource of geothermal energy.
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Technology Roadmaps


  • A Roadmap for Strategic Development of Geothermal Exploration Technologies
    Characterizing productive geothermal systems is challenging yet critical to identify and develop an estimated 30 gigawatts electric (GWe) of undiscovered hydrothermal resources in the western U.S. This paper, undertaken by the U.S. Department of Ener
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  • A Technology Roadmap for Strategic Development of Enhanced Geothermal Systems
    Realization of EGS development would make geothermal a significant contender in the renewable energy portfolio, on the order of 100+ GWe in the United States alone. While up to 90% of the geothermal power resource in the United States is thought to r
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  • Protocol for Addressing Induced Seismicity Associated with Enhanced Geothermal Systems
    This Protocol is a living guidance document for geothermal developers, public officials, regulators and the general public that provides a set of general guidelines detailing useful steps to evaluate and manage the effects of induced seismicity relat
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  • Exploration Technologies - Technology Needs Assessment
    This assessment is a critical component of ongoing technology roadmapping efforts, and will be used to guide the Geothermal Technology Program's research and development.
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  • Ground‐Source Heat Pumps: Overview of Market Status, Barriers to Adoption, and Options for Overcoming Barriers
    February 2009 final report submitted to DOE by Navigant Consulting, Inc. This report summarizes the status of ground‐source heat pump (GSHP) technology and market penetration globally, estimates the energy saving potential of GSHPs in the U.S., iden
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Multiyear Program Plans


Office Budgets


Analysis (Risk, Benefit, Portfolio)


  • Preliminary Technical Risk Analysis for the Geothermal Technologies Program
    This report explains the goals, methods, and results of a probabilistic analysis of technical risk for a portfolio of R&D projects in the DOE Geothermal Technologies Program (The Program). The analysis is a task by Princeton Energy Resources Internat
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  • Department of Energy--Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Geothermal Program: Geothermal Risk Mitigation Strategies Report
    An overview of general financial issues for renewable energy investments; geothermal energy investment barriers and risks; and recommendations for incentives and instruments to be considered to stimulate investment in geothermal energy development.
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  • 2008 Geothermal Technologies Market Report
    This report describes market-wide trends for the geothermal industry throughout 2008 and the beginning of 2009. It begins with an overview of the GTP’s involvement with the geothermal industry and recent investment trends for electric generation tech
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Implementation

Systems Engineering


Technology Evaluations


  • Assessment of Geothermal Data Resources and Requirements
    This paper is a review of Geothermal Technologies Program activities and archives related to data collection and analysis. It includes an assessment of the current state of geothermal data, future program and stakeholder data needs, existence of and
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  • An Evaluation of Enhanced Geothermal Systems Technology
    This 2008 document presents the results of an eight-month study by the Department of Energy (DOE) and its support staff at the national laboratories concerning the technological requirements to commercialize a new geothermal technology, Enhanced Geot
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  • Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) Well Construction Technology Evaluation Report
    This report provides an assessment of well construction technology for EGS with two primary objectives: 1. Determining the ability of existing technologies to develop EGS wells. 2. Identifying critical well construction research lines and developme
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Deployment and Diffusion


  • Federal Interagency Geothermal Activities
    This collaborative document describes the roles and responsibilities of key Federal agencies in the development of geothermal technologies including the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE); the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), including the U.S. Fo
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In-Progress Peer Reviews and Process Assessments


  • Geothermal Technologies Office 2012 Peer Review Report
    On May 7-10, 2012, the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Geothermal Technologies Office conducted its annual program peer review in Westminster, CO. In accordance with the EERE Peer Review Guide, the review
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  • Geothermal Technologies Program 2012 Peer Review Presentation by Doug Hollett
    Geothermal Technologies Program 2012 Peer Review slide presentation by Doug Hollett, Program Manager, on May 7, 2012.
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  • Geothermal Technologies Program 2011 Peer Review Report
    On June 6-10, 2011, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Geothermal Technologies Program (GTP or the Program) conducted its annual program peer review in Bethesda, Maryland. In accordance with
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  • Geothermal Technologies Program Blue Ribbon Panel Recommendations
    The Geothermal Technologies Program assembled a geothermal Blue Ribbon Panel on March 22-23, 2011 in Albuquerque, New Mexico for a guided discussion on the future of geothermal energy in the United States and the role of the DOE Program. The Geotherm
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Results

Summary Documents


Commercial Outcomes


  • Enhanced Geothermal Systems Demonstration Projects
    Several Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) demonstration projects are highlighted on this Geothermal Technologies Office Web page.
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  • Development of a High-Temperature Diagnostics-While-Drilling Tool
    This report documents work performed in the second phase of the Diagnostics While-Drilling (DWD) project in which a high-temperature (HT) version of the phase 1 low-temperature (LT) proof-of-concept (POC) DWD tool was built and tested. Descriptions o
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