Hinton Geothermal

The Town of Hinton has been investigating the potential for the development of a geothermal resource as a renewable heat source, recognizing the opportunity this resource presents to attract new economic investment and diversification, and to reduce the community’s carbon footprint.

Work on a Front-End Engineering Design, or FEED report, began in Q1 of 2018, with the intent of furthering the scope of geothermally-heated district heating facilities, developing a detailed capital and operating cost model, and confirming the economic viability of geothermally-heated DES in Hinton through a comprehensive financial model. The results of the pre-FEED report, completed in 2017, prompted a more detailed look at the potential for a DES in Hinton.

Hinton, Alberta and surrounding area has long been home to oil and gas exploration and activity that have provided employment to our citizens and economic growth to our community. As well, this work has provided a sense of what lies beneath; in 2015 the Town of Hinton commissioned a study in partnership with the University of Alberta and Alberta Innovates that sought to determine the volume of energy available through geothermal energy.

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What is Geothermal Energy?

Geothermal Energy is a renewable energy resource created by the flow of heat from the Earth. Because of the constant, unlimited energy it can be used for heating buildings or producing electricity. These two distinctions are very important. "Geothermal" is used to heat buildings and homes. while "Geothermal energy" can produce electricity. Both systems use the Earth's heat to produce "energy" in either form.

To make Geothermal work, wells are drilled into underground reservoirs to access existing hot fluid. This fluid is brought to the surface of the earth where the heat it contains is used in any number of possible applications. Thermal energy can be extracted from this fluid and used as heat, or converted to energy. 

Once the heat has been used, the subsequently cooled fluid is sent back down into the underground reservoir it was pulled from via another well(s) so that it can reheat. The fluid eventually makes its way back toward the first well, where it is used again in a continuous, sustainable cycle of renewable energy production. A single well may produce 20-100 MW of thermal energy (2-10 MW of electricity.)

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Hinton, Alberta

Hinton, Alberta and surrounding area has long been home to oil and gas exploration and activity that have provided employment to our citizens, and economic growth to our community. As well, this work has provided a sense of what lies beneath: The Town of Hinton commissioned a study in partnership with the University of Alberta and Alberta Innovates that sought to determine the volume of energy available through geothermal energy.

There are 4000+ wells drilled below 2,500m within a 70km radius of the Town of Hinton, many which have bottom-hole temperatures higher than 140 degrees Celsius. Through research to-date and general understanding of the region, Hinton is located in the epicentre of geothermal potential from hot water aquifers in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin.

Hinton is a community of 10,000 centrally located to numerous parks, lakes, trails and stunning recreation spots. Hinton is the regional centre to neighbouring communities with services, amenities, education and healthcare to meet the needs of those living in the West Yellowhead corridor. Hinton’s economy includes coal mining, oil and gas, tourism, a pulp and saw mill, as well as forestry research and training. Jasper National Park is 15 minutes to the west of Hinton, and Edmonton is approximately 3 hours to the East.

Epoch Energy

Epoch Energy Development Inc. is an environmentally responsible energy company established to unlock heat energy in Alberta and Canada.  Epoch commercializes geothermal resources in partnership with municipalities, First Nations, resource companies, utilities and food growers.

We produce thermal energy from repurposed well-bores and geothermal development and we recover energy from resource production operations.  

We supply thermal energy to district energy systems for homes and buildings, power generation and food production.  

Proudly, we are a private Alberta company.

Epoch is a force for change, delivering environmentally friendly and efficient heat and power for sustainable communities and economic growth.  Albertans and Canadians returning to work, locally grown organic food and industry diversification will come within our creation of an epoch of renewable earth energy.

Previous Media Coverage


March 2018

Why a Small Alberta Oil and Gas Town is Pursuing Geothermal Power, The Narwhal

February 2018

Hinton exploring the viability of capturing geothermal heat from re-purposed oil and gas wells, JWN Energy

Hinton, Alberta, investigating geothermal district energy system, Canadian Consulting Engineer

Hinton looks to capture geothermal heat from re-purposed oil and gas wells, Pipeline News North

$1.2M Hinton geothermal probe will create 21 jobs: Eglinski, Jasper Fitzhugh

September 2017

Hinton to bring in Geothermal Heating, CTV News

Downtown Hinton could soon be heated by abandoned oil and gas wells, Global News

Pilot project in geothermal energy comes to Hinton, AB, University of Alberta Faculty of Science

February 2017

Epoch Energy provides update on pre-feasibility study, Hinton Parklander

Proposed geothermal district heating project in Alberta could be Canada’s first, Think GeoEnergy

December 2016

Can This Idea Save the Orphaned Wells?, Oil and Gas Investments Bulletin

October 2016

Alberta Government Eyes Geothermal Fix to Abandoned Well Crisis, Alberta Oil Magazine

September 2016

Geothermal study shows promising results, Hinton Parklander

Town of Hinton Announces Partnership with Epoch Energy, WireService

Epoch outlines study for Hinton Geothermal, Hinton Voice

August, 2016

Crude oil to carrots: geothermal makeover eyed for Alberta's old wells, Financial Post

July 2016

Hot Treasure Alberta’s unique geothermal potential, Alberta Views

June 2016

Geothermal energy research in Alberta making strides with new technology, CBC News

June 2015

Town to further explore geothermal energy proposal, Hinton Voice