Abandoned Coal Mine Areas in Virginia
with Geothermal Heat Pump Siting Potential
Near Surface Temperature
(depth range of 15 to 45 meters)
6C
8C
10C
12C
14C
16C
18C
20C
22C
24C
26C
Abandoned Coal Mine Areas
Screening Criteria
Near surface temperature, well depth, property size,
and distance to electric transmission lines and roads
are not screening criteria
All sites are generally considered favorable for geothermal
heat pumps, though sites with near surface temperatures of
10C to 24C are preferred
&EPA
This map was developed by SRA international for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) OSWER Center for Program Analysis. Results are based
on site screening criteria adapted from National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) criteria and GIS data provided by Southern Methodist University
(SMU) Geothermal Laboratory, NREL, EPA and the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy. This map and its associated data are intended to
provide a general understanding of the renewable energy potential of abandoned coal mine areas; additional site-specific technical and economic
analysis is required to determine the actual energy generation potential of these sites. These sites are tracked and monitored by state agencies.
For further information, please see the accompanying Data Guidelines document at www.epa.gov/renewableenergyland or
contact Gaffney.Kristeen@epa.gov or cleanenergy@epa.gov.
U.S. EPA OSWER
CENTER FOR PROGRAM ANALYSIS

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