Getting a sand mine and geothermal energy plant
We are getting some pretty amazing economic development where I live. The shale gas needs lots of frac sand and we seem to have the right kinds of rocks to make that sand so there are plans to start building a mine to supply the oil and gas industry here with sand for fracking. It is supposed to create about 60 permanent jobs, and with a population of only 600 people, that's 10%.
Currently our electricity is diesel generated. There has been tons of oil and gas drilling here so they have a good idea of what they are working with. They have plans to build a geothermal plant in the next two years and hopefully bring affordable electricity to the community. Actually, the budget to build the plant seems totally out of whack with the size of the community, but it is being paid for by grants and once built, the electricity should be very cheap. Phase I is electricity, phase II is to pump heat to homes. Given that my last heating bill was $1300, I wouldn't mind that at all.