Within Europe, Spain is one of the leading nations when it comes to the use of renewable energy. One of the government’s goals is for the El Hierro, one of the Canary Islands, to soon become 100 percent reliant on clean energy from wind and hydro power. If it were to reach that goal, El Hierro would be the first island in the world to meet its energy needs without burning any fossil fuels.
What does a country do when it has too much clean energy?
If a country has an overabundance of a globally coveted product, should it export it or keep the product for its own use? That is the question that Icelanders are grappling with regarding to the country’s vast and overabundant supply of clean energy.
During the course of the 20th century, Iceland went from what was one of Europe’s poorest countries, dependent upon peat and imported coal for its energy, to a country with a high standard of living where practically all stationary energy is derived from renewable resources. In 2014, roughly 85% of primary energy use in Iceland came from indigenous renewable resources. Thereof 66% was from geothermal.
Today, about 9/10 households are heated with geothermal energy.
The basic reason for Central America’s geothermal energy riches can be summed up in one word: volcanoes
Even more impressive is the amount of geothermal energy that Central Americans have under foot, but so far failed to exploit. World Bank reports indicate that the countries of the region may have up to 25 times more geothermal energy than they are currently using, and that geothermal power alone could cost-effectively satisfy their entire electricity demand.
Geothermal Energy in Central America:
Geothermal power has taken hold in two dozen countries around the world. Yet Canada, which has plentiful geothermal resources, especially in the West, remains a blank slate.
A lack of government policy support is blamed for keeping the industry from getting started here. Indeed, while geothermal was seen as a possible alternative to the giant Site C dam in British Columbia, the provincial government gave the hydroelectric project the go-ahead in December. Ironically, several companies that own geothermal projects in other countries trade their shares on the Toronto stock exchanges, raising money here from investors knowledgeable about the broader resource sector.
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