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Seattle steam is picking up.. well.. steam. Closed down in 1925, the hope of reopening and creating almost 400 jobs over the next three years is promising. Although this is hardly going to save us from over 10% unemployment, the energy implications seem to be optimistic.


“The gas-powered turbine can produce 50 megawatts of electricity, roughly equivalent to the energy used by 12,000 homes” said Stan Gent, Seattle Steam’s CEO. “When you make electricity and heat at the same time, it’s a much more efficient process than just making heat by itself,” Gent said. “The secret is, you have to be able to use the heat.”

While making electricity, the new turbine will generate heat, which in turn will be used to produce steam. That will supplement the five other steam generators feeding the company’s network of pipes to heat 191 buildings in downtown and First Hill.


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