What country has the largest installed geothermal power capacity (after the US)? How many guessed the Philippines? According to a recent Washington Post article, the Philippines ranks No. 2 in the world, narrowly trailing the United States.  Indonesia is the world’s third largest producer.

Say what you will about Ferdinand Marcos, one of his positive legacies was the development of this form of energy. Reacting to the early 1970s oil shock, Marcos created a major government program to find, develop and generate electricity from hot rocks deep in the ground. Geothermal power now accounts for about 28 percent of the electricity generated in the Philippines. Read the rest of the article here.

The first geothermal power plant was built in 1904 in Tuscany, Italy at a place where natural steam was erupting from the earth. Electricity generation using geothermal energy is now taking place in 24 countries, 5 of which use it to produce 15 percent or more of their total electricity.

Washington DC is nowhere near the Ring of Fire where most of the geothermal activity in the world takes place. So it doesn’t look like Helios Monroe will include building a micro-geothermal energy source in our DDOE REIP grant proposal.

Banaue rice terraces

Banaue (Philippines) rice terraces