Story: Geothermal energy

Source of electricity generation, 2002

Source of electricity generation, 2002

Almost 60% of New Zealand’s electricity comes from hydroelectricity. In 2002, geothermal power plants contributed 7%, and there is the potential to double this output with renewed exploration for steam. With the impending depletion of the offshore Māui gas field, there is pressure to find alternative sources of power.

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Carol Stewart, 'Geothermal energy - Geothermal power production', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 15 April 2024)

Story by Carol Stewart, published 12 Jun 2006