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Geothermal Plant Near Vale Begins Operation Next Week
The operator of Oregon's first geothermal plant near Vale says it will start generating electricity this summer. In an update Wednesday to Malheur County officials, U.S. Geothermal environmental manager Scott Nichols said the first of three power plant units will start on July 6. The second will follow later in July and the third by the end of the summer.
The Argus Observer reports the U.S. Energy Department proved a loan for the project at Neal Hot Springs.
The plant uses the hot underground water to turn refrigerant into vapor that turns a turbine and runs a generator. The water is injected back into the ground.