Sept 3, 2011 ( The hope of generating geothermal power in Snohomish County could take a giant leap forward in the next few months. Or, it could send the Snohomish County Public Utility District back to the drawing board. The PUD in the next couple of weeks plans to begin drilling an exploratory well for geothermal power.
The PUD will drill a hole nearly a mile into the earth in the Cascades and send down a special thermometer to test the water temperature, said Craig Collar, senior manager for energy resource development for the PUD. Geothermal power is created when steam, heat or hot water from underground reservoirs is used to spin turbine generators. The water is heated by magma farther below.
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