Bob Weber, The Canadian Press, CBC News
There are no commercial geothermal plants currently operating in Alberta, but new research is exploring that possibility. (Canadian Press)
An Alberta town is planning to pull a different kind of energy from the abandoned oil and gas wells that ring its outskirts.
Hinton, west of Edmonton on the edge of the Rocky Mountains, is teaming up with academic researchers and the private sector to install what may be Canada's first geothermal heating system in its downtown core.
And some say it could change the ground rules for industry all over Alberta.
"It would be a huge boon for the economy of this province," said Johnathon Banks, a University of Alberta geologist who's working on the project.
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