Oregon college drilling geothermal power plant

College could save $500,000 annually by using geothermal energy.


The Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls, Ore., has long used the heat trapped deep in the earth from ancient volcanoes to heat dorms and classrooms, melt snow from sidewalks, and keep the swimming pool warm.

According to a story in the Associated Press , they are now drilling deeper to tap a hotter source of geothermal energy in hopes of generating all their own electricity, saving money, and cutting back its carbon footprint.

"We'll be the first campus in the world to be 100 percent geothermally powered from a resource directly on campus," said John Lund, director of the college's Geo-Heat Center .

That would also make OIT the first site in Oregon with a geothermal power plant, unless the city of Klamath Falls beats them to it.

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