The drilling efforts of a local utility in the state of Washington in the Northwest of the U.S., have hit bedrock forcing efforts to develop a geothermal project elsewhere in the region.
News from the state of Washington in the U.S., report that efforts to develop a geothermal project in the Cascade Mountains in the state have hit a wall.
The Snohomish County Public Utility District’s drilling efforts have hit bedrock. While the site was seen as the best possibility to tap into geothermal energy, attention will have to be turned somewhere else within the state of Washington.
The utility is though exploring if there are other areas in the Cascades that might be able to be used for power generation from geothermal resources. The sate’s Department of Natural Resources is doing its own study that might help those efforts.
Areas of interest and promise are between Mount St. Helens and Columbia River, as well as Mount Baker.
So far the utility has spent about $3.9 million for drilling wells, of which $475,000 were provided in form of a federal grant for the work.