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Project Concept: Southeast BC Geothermal Energy Potential Assessment

Lead Researcher(s):  TBD

Project ID:  2022-011

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Project Location:  Southeast

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Summary



Geothermal energy resources can provide baseload power and heat (direct use), bringing potential economic development opportunities, particularly for remote communities. However, characterizing geothermal resources and assessing their potential can be a risky and expensive exercise. Public geoscience has been used successfully to develop predictive models to target specific resources and sites and to evaluate geothermal as a viable energy source.

The Need

Successful studies of geothermal potential of the Garibaldi Volcanic Belt in British Columbia’s Southwest Region are driving investment, including the development of low carbon intensity hydrogen production. In BC’s Northeast Region, Fort Nelson First Nation is developing its Tu Deh-Kah Geothermal project following significant research into geothermal potential at Clarke Lake.

BC’s Southeast Region has hot fluid flow systems associated with crustal faults. Study of these systems would help assess the geothermal resource potential of the region to guide development decisions by industry, communities, Indigenous groups, government and the regulator. Existing electrical infrastructure in the region is a benefit to any geothermal resource development.