Global Energy Monitor’s Global Geothermal Power Tracker uses a two-level system for organizing information, consisting of both a database and wiki pages with further information. The database tracks individual geothermal power plant units and includes information such as project owner, status, installation type, and location. A wiki page for each project is created within the Global Energy Monitor wiki. The database and wiki pages are updated annually.
The Global Geothermal Power Tracker covers electricity generating projects. Geothermal projects for electricity in captive industry are also included. The Global Geothermal Power Tracker aims to comprehensively track all project units 30 MW or larger globally. Below threshold projects are also included for some countries. Geothermal heat plants that do not also generate at least 30 MW of electricity are not included.
Announced: Proposed projects that have been described in corporate or government plans but have not yet taken concrete steps such as applying for permits.
Pre-construction: Projects that are actively moving forward in seeking governmental approvals, land rights, or financing.
Construction: Site preparation and equipment installation are underway.
Operating: The project has been formally commissioned; commercial operation has begun.
Shelved: Suspension of operation has been announced, or no progress has been observed for at least two years.
Cancelled: A cancellation announcement has been made, or no progress has been observed for at least four years.
Retired: The project has been decommissioned.
Mothballed: The project is disused, but not dismantled.
Dry Steam: projects that use steam directly from a geothermal reservoir to turn a turbine.
Flash Steam: projects that take high-pressure hot water from deep inside the earth and convert, “flash”, it into steam and water. The steam is then used to drive a turbine generator.
- Single: projects where the high-pressure geothermal fluid is converted to steam only once.
- Double: include projects where the remaining water after the first flash is still warm enough to flash again and used to run a second, low-pressure steam turbine.
- Triple: such systems use three flashes to generate three different steam pressures: high, intermediate, and low. The steam flows are then used to rotate two or more turbines which generate electricity.
- Unknown: the project uses flash steam technology, but the number of flashes is not specified.
Binary Cycle: projects that transfer the heat from geothermal fluid to another liquid. The heat causes the second liquid to turn to steam, which is used to drive a turbine.
EGS (Enhanced Geothermal System): an emerging technology that creates machine-made geothermal reservoirs in regions where there is naturally hot rock but insufficient permeability of fluid for a traditional geothermal power plant.
Unknown: the type of geothermal power is not specified.
The Global Geothermal Power Tracker data set draws on various public data sources, including:
- Government data on individual power geothermal projects (such as Mexico’s Sistema de Información Energética database and the U.S. EIA 860 Electric Generator Inventory), country energy and resource plans, and government websites tracking project permits and applications;
- Reports by power companies (both state-owned and private);
- News and media reports;
- Local non-governmental organizations tracking geothermal projects or permits.
A list of major data sources can be found here.
Global Energy Monitor researchers perform data validation by comparing our dataset against proprietary and public data such as S&P Global’s World Electric Power Plant Database (WEPP) and the World Resource Institute’s Global Power Plant Database, as well as various company and government sources.
For each geothermal project, a wiki page is created on Global Energy Monitor’s wiki. Under standard wiki convention, all information is linked to a publicly-accessible published reference, such as a news article, company or government report, or a regulatory permit. In order to ensure data integrity in the open-access wiki environment, Global Energy Monitor researchers review all edits of project wiki pages.
Global Geothermal Power Tracker Change Log
- Qualitative notes on employment numbers related to construction or operation of the project have been included for some project units.
- Project units below the 30 MW global threshold are provided for some countries when the data were readily available.
- The Global Geothermal Power Tracker has replaced the word “development” in the status domain with the term “pre-construction” to support consistent language across all of Global Energy Monitor’s trackers. The definition of “pre-construction” is consistent with the tracker’s previous definition of “development.”
- Global Energy Monitor has transitioned to using the United Nations” region and subregion definitions.
- Global Energy Monitor has adopted the name “Türkiye” as a replacement for “Turkey.”