Geothermal Potential Runs Hot in Texas
Geothermal energy is bidding to emerge from its dark horse status in Texas and become a possible solution of choice for some renewable applications.
When it comes to oil and gas production in the US, Texas is king. In 2022, the Lone Star state pumped out 1.83 billion bbl of crude in total—that’s over three times the next state on the list, New Mexico. Over the same period, Texas set a record with 11.2 Tcf of natural gas production, more than 3.5 Tcf higher than second place Pennsylvania.
With renewables, Texas can hang its hat on being the number one wind energy producer in the US, generating about 93 TWh of electricity from wind in 2020, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA)—almost triple that of second-place Iowa. Texas is number two on the list when it comes to solar capacity with around 15 MW as of the second quarter of 2022. California has just over 37 MW of capacity.
With leadership positions in most commercial power-generation endeavors, Texas is behind the curve when it comes to exploiting geothermal energy.