Since 1983, the City of Boise has operated a geothermal district heating system. In the course of a year, the system circulates more than 300 million gallons of water through approximately 20 miles of pipeline. Natural geothermal water hotter than 170 degrees is pumped from the ground in the Boise Foothills, distributed through the downtown area, recollected, and re-injected into the geothermal aquifer near Julia Davis Park.
In addition to heating downtown buildings, geothermal energy is heating the BSU campus and the Central Addition, Boise's first LIV District. Learn more about Boise's first LIV District at LIVBoise.org.
WHAT'S COOL ABOUT GEOTHERMAL
Boise has the largest municipally operated direct use geothermal energy system in the entire U.S.
Sourced under our feet from heat that is continuously generated in the earth's core
Energy extracted without burning fossil fuels
Economic driver for new businesses seeking innovative and renewable energy solutions
Used for space heating, domestic water heating, pre-heating, sidewalk snow melt
Energy is constantly being produced independant of other systems
Honors the historic value of geothermal in the area dating back to the 1890's.
To learn more about geothermal connection opportunties and incentives, contact Jon Gunnerson, Geothermal Program Coordinator.