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Small geothermal plant planned in Queensland, AU

Main Street in Winton, Queensland, AU (Source: Flickr, CC, By: Peter Boer)
Francisco Rojas 21 Jul 2015

The geothermal power plant could save AUD $15 million over 20 years in electricity costs for the small town of Winton in Queensland.

Geothermal energy, despite the current obstacles put into place by the Abbott administration seems to somehow be making its way.

Winton’s city council said it “would need to borrow some money for the construction but a geothermal power plant could save AUD $15 million over 20 years in electricity costs.” according to local news sources.

The plant would be used to cover the local needs of electricity and Mayor Butch Lenton said “the plant should be operational by the end of 2016 ”

Despite the inherent risks of development, the town´s mayor reassures that the necessary “homework” has been done and points out to the current plant in Birdsville as a real life example.

The same news source states that the costs would be around AUD $3.5 million to develop the small scale plant and it would secure the town’s sustainability in the near future.

 

“We think it’s a great way to move forward and geothermal power plants have been around before, they’re all over the world.” the mayor said.

Source: ABC News