A Clean Energy Solution

Geothermal energy offers clean, renewable energy production that is safe, has a small environmental footprint and emits no greenhouse gasses.

An EGS uses water pumped into hot underground rock to produce steam and hot water that can be extracted and used to generate electricity. The following five steps summarize how an EGS works:

  1. Cold water is pumped deep underground through a specialized geothermal well, referred to as an injection well.
  2. The water flows into cracks in the hot rock, creating a reservoir of very hot water.
  3. The hot water travels through the reservoir to a production well, where it is pumped to the surface.
  4. At the surface, the heated fluid travels in an insulated pipeline to a power plant, where it is used to drive turbines that generate electricity.
  5. The water is injected back into the underground reservoir to create a clean and renewable energy source.

The Newberry Volcano or NEWGEN Site

Under the Newberry Volcano in Central Oregon hot rocks are closer to the surface which makes it easier to drill wells and extract hot water for power generation.

Regional Benefits

If the NEWGEN site is developed for research and electricity production, it will have positive and long-lasting economic benefits for Central Oregon and beyond. Construction will create temporary jobs, and operations will create permanent positions and support local businesses as researchers visit the area. The NEWGEN site is 170 miles from Oregon State University’s main campus in Corvallis and only 28 miles from its campus in Bend, creating the potential for faculty research, student internships and community engagement.

An Enhanced Geothermal System uses water pumped deep underground. The water flows into cracks in hot rock and is pumped back to the surface to drive turbines that generate electricity. The water is then pumped back underground in a closed-loop system.