Grades: Middle and High School
Subject: Geothermal energy
Objective & Overview: Teachers can use this video on the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy website that walks students through the process of how geothermal energy can generate renewable electricity. This video will serve as a basic introduction to geothermal energy. Educators in California can leverage this with the fact that electricity generated by geothermal energy provides about 60 percent of the power along the northern California coast.
Tracking the minute-by-minute electricity demand is a valuable tool to help ensure the reliability, quality and cost of the energy we use. Only a handful of states have these tools publicly available, but California is one state that features its data online. California students and educators can use this real-time energy use tool at the California ISO website. The geothermal energy statistics and information can be viewed on this site. California contains the largest amount of geothermal generating capacity in the United States.
Klamath Falls, Oregon, and Boise, Idaho use geothermal water to heat homes and buildings. The Oregon state website features an online interactive map that shows geothermal wells and springs and the locations of those resources throughout the state. Looking beyond the United States, students can also examine geothermal energy in Iceland. The country receives more than 50 percent of the country’s primary energy from geothermal sources. Hydropower also contributes to a significant portion of the country’s energy, making the entire country operated by 100 percent renewable energy.