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Volcanic geothermal energy provides significant amounts of power in Iceland, New Zealand and the Philippines. Some analysts believe that the U.S. has enough geothermal capacity to provide 20 percent or more of electricity needs. Pictured: The Palinpinon Geothermal power plant in the Philippines

EarthTalk: Harnessing Volcanic Energy

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: Is there any way to harness volcanic energy to meet our electricity and other power needs? – Antonio Lopez, Chino, CA The short answer is yes: Heat generated by underground volcanic activity can and has been harnessed for electricity for…

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