Leapfrogging gas: how geothermal could help eastern EU countries ditch fossil fuels

Euractiv | Feb 23, 2021 at 9:24 AM
  • Geothermal energy could help central and eastern Europe break away from coal and gas, but it needs a quicker uptake and government backing to help meet renewable energy targets, advocates say.
  • But breakthroughs in deep drilling techniques are now opening new horizons for the technology, offering the prospect of “geothermal anywhere”.
  • Croatia issued four licenses to explorations in the summer of 2020 while Austria has been utilising geothermal energy since the late 1970s and now has a capacity of 95.1 MW for electricity and around 1,000 MW for heat pumps.