The Geothermal Energy Association on Thursday named Klamath Falls one of the world’s top 10 cities to embrace geothermal energy.
The Washington, D.C., trade association cited Klamath’s Oregon Institute of Technology, which heats its entire 11-building campus using geothermal energy. It also noted how Klamath Falls has used geothermal energy as a source of space heating since the turn of the century, and still uses it to heat schools, homes, businesses, swimming pools and snowmelt systems for public roads and sidewalks.
Klamath Falls is just one of three U.S. cities on the list, joining Reno, Nev., and Boise, Idaho.
The rest of the list includes: Copenhagen, Denmark; Larderello, Italy; Reykjavik, Iceland; Perth, Australia; Xianyang, China; Madrid, Spain; and Masdar City, Abu Dhabi.
Geothermal energy is produced when extreme underground temperatures heat water to produce steam, much like a conventional boiler. It becomes renewable when production facilities, which run the steam through a turbine, reinject the water back into the ground so it can reheat.
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