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Indiana Office of Energy Development

OED > Renewable Energy In Indiana > Overview of Renewable Energy Sources > Geothermal Geothermal

Geothermal Energy Basics

Geothermal energy is heat from within the Earth that can be recovered as steam or hot water to heat buildings or generate electricity. Indiana has moderate, yet economically viable geothermal resources. Indiana schools, homes, and businesses primarily use geothermal energy for heating water or heating and cooling buildings.   To view a map of US and Indiana geothermal resources, click here.

To learn more about geothermal technology, click on the links below: 

Indiana Projects and Incentives

A large scale geothermal projects is under way at Ball State University in Muncie, IN.  Ball State University has completed Phase 1 of the United State's largest ground-source, closed-loop district geothermal energy system. The university anticipates that $2 million dollars in saving will result from this project.

Organizations and individuals interested in pursuing their own projects can take advantage of Indiana's Property Tax Deduction.

Federal Incentives or Funding

For more information about renewable energy and programs offered by the Indiana Office of Energy Development, contact Megan Ottesen, mottesen@oed.in.gov.