GEOTHERMAL IN WASHINGTON
The Snohomish County PUD is exploring for geothermal deposits that may one day power 35,000 homes. Funded in part by Department of Energy stimulus money, five test wells are being drilled in the Cascade Range. While the Pacific Northwest has enjoyed relatively inexpensive energy in the past from sources such as hyrdropower, higher prices and funding for renewables could unlock geothermal energy potential.
(SNOPUD) is spending $350,000 to drill five test holes. The desired 50?MW plant will cost between $150 million and $200 million. The plant would likely be built in 10?MW phases with the first potentially completed by 2016 (GEA, 2010).
North of the Hot Zone – Washington State and the Geothermal Challenge