Survey of Energy Resources 2007
Geothermal Country Notes
With the country's high availability of, and reliance on, hydropower for electricity generation, there has not historically been an incentive to develop any other forms of supply. However, for reasons of climatic change, political and financial problems, there needs to be a diversification of energy sources in the future. To this end, the Government has incorporated a review of Nepal's geothermal potential within the Alternative Energy Perspective Plan (2007-2017).
Most of the 30 geothermally active areas are located in the remote northern regions and the low-temperature resource is unlikely to be utilised for power generation in the near term. A more likely use is for development of direct use for bathing purposes (currently approximately 2 MWt). This would have the effect of popularising the technology and thereby providing revenue for further research.