Geothermal Power Has Huge Jobs Potential

Thousands of clean energy jobs are right around the corner. That’s the sunny news from the 2010 Geothermal Energy Expo, hosted by the Geothermal Energy Association (GEA ), according to Director Karl Gawell.

Gawell announced the findings of new industry reports that show the geothermal industry adding thousands of jobs as dozens of new geothermal power plants currently pending or under construction come online, or enter advanced stages of development, in 2011.

U.S. Geothermal Map

image via Department of Energy

According to the report, entitled “Green Jobs through Geothermal Energy,” federal stimulus funds through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, along with tax incentives and strong state renewable standards, continue to fuel growth in geothermal power and job creation. However, the effects of this clean energy boom have not yet been felt in the economy, as about 95% of the geothermal projects receiving stimulus funding are either less than 50% complete or have yet to break ground.

In 2011, those projects–and the jobs that support them–are expected to come online. According to the Geothermal Energy Association, the geothermal industry creates more jobs than conventional energy. Moreover, geothermal energy jobs are permanent, full-time, and often provide a higher wage, in some cases coming in at double county and state averages.

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

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