Canada sits on massive geothermal resources that could be exploited through as few as 100 projects to meet much of its baseload demand, finds a report from the Geological Survey of Canada.

At least 5 GW of potential power are available in British Columbia, Alberta and the Yukon alone, according to the research team, who presented their findings at a geothermal industry conference in Toronto on 15 September.

Geothermal heat reservoirs lie close to the surface across “large swathes of British Columbia, Alberta, the Yukon and the Northwest Territories”, according to the 12 scientists.

The report found that geothermal potential is broadly distributed across Canada but data is only available for assessing the resource across 40 per cent of the landmass.

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