geothermal energy

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President Obama’s new EPA rule seeking drastic reductions in carbon emissions could create more room in the industry for cleaner forms of energy. One of those is geothermal. In eastern Oregon and parts of Idaho, a new study will look closer at this potential source, and how it’s connected to the drought-stricken West.

Geothermal Industry Sees A New Frontier The Northwest

Sep 29, 2014
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The geothermal industry is holding its annual meeting in Portland this week. Group leaders say they chose the location because the Northwest is a new frontier for geothermal energy development.

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There’s been a lot of hype around geothermal power. This type of power uses heat from below the earth’s surface to provide a steady, renewable source of energy. But the field’s been slow to take off. With help from federal grants, several Northwest researchers are hoping to push the technology forward. For EarthFix, Courtney Flatt has more.