Geothermal energy has significant potential to deliver a ‘triple win’ for many developing countries—clean, reliable, locally-produced baseload power. But as of 2011, only 0.3% of the world’s total power generation came from geothermal sources. It is estimated that around 40 countries worldwide have geothermal endowments that could meet a sizeable proportion of their electricity demand. With sufficient investment in drilling and improved knowledge about resource endowments, geothermal energy could have a much larger role in Central and South America, East Africa, and Southeast Asia.
Learn what ESMAP and the World Bank are doing to help scale up the use of geothermal energy in developing and middle-income countries.