The Town of Whitecourt and Woodlands County are moving forward with their geothermal feasibility study.
Whitecourt, in partnership with Woodlands County, was awarded an Alberta Community Partnership Grant for $125,000 earlier this year to proceed with a Geothermal Feasibility Study in the area.
The study would build on a 2018 report completed by Terrapin Geothermics that would determine the viability of geothermal resources in Whitecourt and Woodlands County, and whether replacing or supplementing existing power with geothermal renewable energy is an option worth pursuing in the region.
Town Council this week, with approval from Woodlands County Council, awarded the feasibility study to consultant Borealis Geopower in partnership with Scovan Engineering for $99,000 plus GST.
Mayor Maryann Chichak says the study could provide a number of options for the future, including types of projects, investment opportunities in the region, and the potential to create new jobs and industry in the community.
With the extra funds left over from the grant, Council is exploring the option of using that money to do additional well testing in the area for further research.