Geothermal reservoirs are naturally occurring sources of thermal energy beneath the earth which can deliver to the surface a clean and renewable source of energy for both power generation and direct application of heat. It has been a proven technology in the Philippines since the early part of 1980, and also in many other countries like the USA, Italy and New Zealand to name a few, for providing baseload power for more than 40 years now. The supply of this energy resource is constant, stable, and invariable, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This baseload characteristic of geothermal power plants makes geothermal energy quite a popular renewable energy option compared to other renewable sources like wind and solar, which are both affected by changing weather patterns and therefore, are often available for a much lesser time compared to electricity produced using geothermal energy.
The geothermal potential of Alberta occurs mainly at great depths between 1.5 to 5 kilometres below the surface contained in geological formations of the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin. Development of the resource can help diversify our energy sector and provide electricity and heat to municipalities, industry and remote areas.