The Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy is nearing completion of a three-year investigation of geothermal energy resources in Virginia.
Thousands of megawatts of geothermal heat works its way from underground to Earth’s surface. This geothermal heat can be harnessed to heat, cool or even power homes, businesses and industries. Similar to wind and solar, geothermal presents a sustainable energy resource.
DMME calls the project results a significant contribution to the National Geothermal Data System database. The NGDS is a massive resource that stores millions of records of geothermal data for all 50 states. It provides information that can be used by scientists, industry, government and the public to better understand the potential for geothermal energy resources for future development.
The NGDS was organized by the Association of American State Geologists with funding support from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Geothermal Technologies Office. In addition to Virginia’s data contributions, DMME compiled geothermal data on behalf of other mid-Atlantic states including Delaware, Maryland, Georgia, and North Carolina. The data is now available from the NGDS State Geothermal Data Project website: http://www.stategeothermaldata.org/.
DMME has a webpage that describes geothermal resources in Virginia; it’s available at http://www.dmme.virginia.gov/dgmr/geothermal.shtml.
Additional map products are available for viewing at the DMME Mapping and Resource Center https://maps.dmme.virginia.gov/flexviewer/DGMR/. These maps include geothermal suitability layers depicting heat flow, locations of thermal springs, thermal conductivity data, and locations of wells with temperature data.