In 2012, U.S. Geothermal Inc. brought online a 26 megawatt facility at Neal Hot Springs near the eastern Oregon town of Vale. Sometime in 2013 Surprise Valley Electrification expects to have a 3 megawatt plant operational at Paisley, a rural city in Eastern Oregon.
Resource uncertainty as well as high development and exploration costs are substantial barriers to development of geothermal sources for power production. The location of potential geothermal sources in environmentally sensitive areas has also been a barrier to siting geothermal power facilities in the state.
The city of Klamath Falls uses geothermal energy directly to supply heat for a district heating system. Geothermal sources in several other Oregon counties supply heat to buildings, swimming pools, resorts and for industrial uses.