Geothermal heats up in Oregon

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Momentum is picking up in Oregon for geothermal projects, with 330 megawatts of new projects in development.

That means increased economic activity in the state, particularly in Southern Oregon, but how quickly the drilling of wells and the construction of power plants can take hold depends in part on market forces in and out of the region, and other factors.

The GEA shows 16 known geothermal projects in development in Oregon, 12 in Southern Oregon. Local sources boost the number to 19. They include the hot-rock geothermal exploration near the Newberry Crater by Davenport Newberry and AltaRock Energy Inc., as well as utility-scale efforts to create small binary cycle power plants at the Oregon Institute of Technology and in the town of Paisley by Surprise Valley Electric.

Read more at Sustainable Business Oregon.

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