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Newberry Volcano still in the running to become national research lab

Well at the Newberry project site in Oregon (source: AltaRock Energy)
Alexander Richter 14 Jun 2016

The group of developers and research standing for the run of the Newberry Volcano in Oregon to become a national geothermal research lab is still hopeful to make the cut in the next round.

Reported from Oregon in the U.S., the group of developers and researchers around the Newberry Volcano drive to become a national geothermal research lab, is still hopeful to make the cut in the next round by the U.S. Department of Energy.

This was reported today by the Bend Bulletin. “We feel pretty confident,” said David Stowe, a spokesman for Seattle-based AltaRock Energy Inc., a geothermal firm that leases the Newberry land and has conducted testing at the site.

The possibility of Deschutes County landing the Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy has garnered support from federal, state and local elected officials. Proponents expect the facility would generate temporary construction jobs, academic opportunities through area colleges and universities, and an economic boost for local communities that could benefit from visiting researchers and workers.

The U.S. Department of Energy wants the proposed lab to serve as a research site for scientists and engineers to develop and test new technologies for enhanced geothermal systems.

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Source: Bend Bulletin