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Economic Impacts of Geothermal Development in Harney County, Oregon.

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  • Link:http://www.osti.gov/bridge/advancedsearch.jsp
  • Source:http://www.osti.gov/rdprojects
  • Resource Type:Technical Report
  • OSTI Identifier:5596201
  • Published Date:2009-06-10
  • Subject:15 GEOTHERMAL ENERGY; 29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; GEOTHERMAL RESOURCES; RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT; ECONOMIC IMPACT; CAPITAL; COST; DATA ANALYSIS; GEOTHERMAL EXPLORATION; GEOTHERMAL POWER PLANTS; LABOR; OREGON; PLANNING; SITE SELECTION; SOCIO-ECONOMIC FACTORS; WELL DRILLING; DEVELOPED COUNTRIES; DRILLING; EXPLORATION; FEDERAL REGION X; INSTITUTIONAL FACTORS; NORTH AMERICA; POWER PLANTS; RESOURCES; THERMAL POWER PLANTS; USA
  • Description:This study provides local economic impact estimates for a 100 megawatt (MW) geothermal power project in Oregon. The hypothetical project would be in Harney Count. Bonneville Power Administration commissioned this study to quantify such impacts as part of regional confirmation work recommended by the Northwest Power Planning Council and its advisors. Harney County was chosen as it has both identified resources and industry interest. Geothermal energy is defined as the heat of the earth. For purpo ...Show More
  • Description:This study provides local economic impact estimates for a 100 megawatt (MW) geothermal power project in Oregon. The hypothetical project would be in Harney Count. Bonneville Power Administration commissioned this study to quantify such impacts as part of regional confirmation work recommended by the Northwest Power Planning Council and its advisors. Harney County was chosen as it has both identified resources and industry interest. Geothermal energy is defined as the heat of the earth. For purposes of this study, geothermal energy is heat capable of economically generating electricity (using available technology). That translates to steam or hot water over 300{degrees}F. Local economic impacts include direct, indirect, and induced changes in the local economy. Direct economic impacts result from the costs of plant development, construction, and operation. Indirect impacts result from household and local government purchases. Induced impacts result from continued respending as goods and services to support the households and local governments are purchased. Employment impacts of geothermal development follow a pattern similar to the economic impacts. The workers associated with plant development bring their families to the area. Additional labor is required to provide support services for the new population. Local government services must also increase to support the new community growth and the geothermal plant itself. These changes yield indirect and induced employment impacts associated with the geothermal plant. ...Show Less
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