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State Rankings for Geothermal Electricity Generation

The State of States 2009 analysis highlights the states leading in geothermal generation in 2007. The data were limited to large-scale geothermal generation. No direct geothermal was included.

In 2007, only four states reported geothermal electricity generation. The tables below show how those states ranked for geothermal electric generation in 2007 by megawatt-hours (MWh), as a percentage of total state generation, per capita, and per gross state product.

MWh Generated (2007)
Rank State MWh
1California12,990,711
2Nevada1,252,691
3Hawaii229,886
4Utah163,925
As a Percentage of Total State Electricity Generation (2007)
Rank State % of Total
1California6.2%
2Nevada3.8%
3Hawaii2.0%
4Utah0.4%

Per Capita (2007)
Rank State MWh/Capita
1Nevada0.5
2California0.4
3Hawaii0.2
4Utah0.1
Per GSP (MWh/M$) (2007)
Rank State MWh/$M
1Nevada9.8
2California7.2
3Hawaii3.7
4Utah1.6

Source: EIA 2009

More Information

To learn about five key steps for creating useful policy for geothermal energy, see NREL Geothermal Policymakers' Guidebook for Electricity Generation.