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Can geothermal energy supply all of the UK’s heating?

A committee of MPs has urged the government to exploit the vast amount of underground heat beneath the UK, but realising that potential isn’t straightforward

Environment | Analysis 20 October 2022

Drilling at United Downs Deep Geothermal Project.

Drilling at United Downs Deep Geothermal Project in Cornwall, UK

Geothermal Engineering Ltd

Never mind the gas crisis – beneath our feet lies enough free heat to keep the UK warm not just this winter, but every winter for decades to come.

That is according to UK members of parliament on the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) who wrote to the business secretary, Jacob Rees-Mogg, on 19 October claiming that there is enough geothermal energy in the UK to meet the country’s annual heating demand for at least a century.

“The evidence received by the …