Projected Population, Growth, and Displacement from Geothermal Development
With a complicated geothermal energy source, there are many pathways that the development process can take, depending on such factors as total amount of recoverable energy, land ownership, permitting and regulatory processes, drilling costs, community and extralocal leadership, energy consumer market area, etc. It is impossible to project all such unknowns ahead of time, in part because there is only one U.S. geothermal field in active production—the The Geysers steam resource with about 600 MWe of installed electrical generating capacity. Hence, projections for different types for Imperial County can only be performed with simplifying assumptions. County population projections were done, based on differing assumptions of buildup in geothermal capacities (Pick et al., 1976). These, in turn, were used to project county interindustry interactions (Lofting, 1977) and county revenues and taxes (Rose, 1977).
KeywordsProject Population Geothermal Field Geothermal Energy Farm Labor Geothermal Power Plant
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