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New geothermal projects on public and private lands in the Klamath Basin are one step closer to becoming a reality. Entiv Organic Energy announced Monday it is applying for construction permits on the 9.7 megawatt Klamath Hills project south of Klamath Falls.

The proposed geothermal plant would be on the land of the Barnes family, leased by Entiv Organic Energy. Entiv is a company formed to pursue such projects and spearheaded locally by Mike Noonan, a Klamath Basin farmer.

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