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:
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.
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.