Thursday, July 30, 2015

Global:

Geothermal Awards Announced

Best and brightest of the global geothermal community will be honored at the 39th GRC Annual Meeting in Reno, Nevada, USA


The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC), one of the world’s premier geothermal associations, has announced awards honoring the best and brightest of the global geothermal energy community. These prestigious awards have been a highlight of the geothermal calendar since the late 1970's.

The GRC will present the prestigious Aidlin, Pioneer, Henry J Ramey Jr., Ben Holt, and Special Achievement awards at its Annual Membership Meeting & Awards Luncheon, the climax to the GRC Annual Meeting, at the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino on Wednesday, September 23.

"The recipients of these awards have a lifetime of achievement in the geothermal academic, scientific and commercial communities", said GRC Executive Director Steve Ponder. "The GRC Awards recognizes the contributions of these individuals to educational institutions and geothermal developments around the world".

This year’s award winners are:

Gene Suemnicht, winner
of the Joseph W. Aidlin Award
 
 
Joseph W. Aidlin Award
Gene Suemnicht
For lifetime contributions to geothermal exploration and development worldwide and exceptional commitment to GRC.

Geothermal Pioneer Award
Alfredo Lahsen
For lifetime achievements in geothermal studies in the Andes and for educating generations of geothermal scientists in Latin America.

Henry J. Ramey Jr. Award
Thomas Kohl
For seminal contributions to the modeling of hydraulic stimulation of EGS reservoirs and fluid flow in fractured media, and for mentoring the next generation of geothermal reservoir engineers.

Ben Holt Award
Robert Tucker
For lifetime achievement and innovation in geothermal power plant and process design.

Geothermal Special Achievement Award
Roland Horne
For unparalleled contributions to geothermal education and development worldwide, through the Stanford Workshops, World Geothermal Congress, and his leadership and commitment to the International geothermal Association (IGA) and GRC.

Geothermal Special Achievement Award
Ryuichi Itoi
For lifetime commitments to education and research, efforts that influenced much of Asia Pacific's geothermal development.

Geothermal Special Achievement Award
Al Waibel
For significant global contributions to geothermal mapping and field work for over 40 years.

For more information about the GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Geothermal Energy Expo at the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino, http://www.geothermal.org/meet-new.html, Nevada, USA visit www.geothermal.org or call (530) 758-2360.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Kenya:

Akiira I Geothermal Project to Start Drilling (Business Green)

Insurance coverage from Germany-based Munich Re provides opportunity for developers to begin exploratory drilling


The 70 MW Akiira I project developed by Akiira Geothermal Limited (AGL), will soon start drilling after the company received insurance coverage for the exploratory phase of the initiative from Germany-based insurer Munich Re.

The initial stages of geothermal exploration can be the most risky, with costly investment sometimes being lost when drilled areas do not produce enough steam or heat, causing projects to be discontinued. However, the "multi-well exploration risk insurance" offered by Munich Re is designed to mitigate some of the risk associated with the projects' early stage, allowing drilling to get underway.

Hezy Ram, chief executive of Ram Energy, one of the founding shareholders of AGL, said the new project could prove strategically significant for the country. "Geothermal heat offers an immense reservoir of base load energy," he said. "Akiira will be a pilot project for us, so that other projects can follow."

Akiira One is jointly owned by Centum and Frontier Investment Management, a Danish investment firm. Ram Energy, Inc. and Marine Power will construct the power plant.

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USA, Colorado:

Lecture on Geothermal Energy

Sunday, August 2, 2015, 10:00am - 12:00noon MT
Salida Community Center, 305 F St (corner of 3rd and F), Salida, Colorado, United States

Gene Rush, retired geologist and now a Salida resident, will talk on “Geothermal Energy”. With mounting evidence of climate change associated with the use of petroleum-based energy products, the search for alternative energy sources continues.  A vast amount of heat is trapped within the earth, and under the right conditions it can be tapped as an alternative source of clean and sustainable energy.

Resources of geothermal energy range from the shallow ground to hot water and hot rock found a few miles beneath the Earth's surface, and even deeper, down to the extremely high temperatures of molten rock called magma.

Mr. Rush’s talk will examine the earth from a geothermal perspective, the distribution of geothermal energy in the earth, geothermal sites and areas of interest in the US, and prospects for future development of geothermal energy resources.

USA, Hawaii:

Hawaii is Chasing 100% Renewable Energy — With Active Volcanoes (Tech Insider)

Governor David Ige signed a bill on June 8 pledging that Hawaii will become completely energy self-sustaining by 2045. If the government follows through, geothermal energy from volcanoes will play a big role.

The state has 30 years to pull off its plan. About half of Hawaiians think their government can achieve its goal, Dawn Lippert, director of the Energy Excelerator in Hawaii, told Tech Insider. The other half isn't so sure.

When geothermal is done right, it's an incredible resource — especially for a volcanically active place like Hawaii. Renewable energy companies are eager to tap into Mauna Loa, a giant volcano in the center of the Big Island that's near several volcanic hot spots.

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Iceland, France:

Geothermal Clusters in Iceland and France Agree on Cooperation (IceNews)

Mme Segolene Royal the minister for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy in the government of France is on an official visit in Iceland upon the invitation of Icelandic Foreign Minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson and Minister for Industry and Trade Ragnheidur Elin Arnadottir.

During the minister’s visit in Iceland, the Iceland Geothermal Cluster Initiative and its sister organization in France GEODEEP signed an agreement to cooperate in creating a framework of standardized model licenses for exploring, realizing, and developing geothermal energy resources.

This agreement is a landmark signing between the two clusters and could be used to create a general consensus for developing geothermal projects worldwide.

The Chairman of Iceland Geothermal Mr. Albert Albertsson – and Mr. Sylvain Broglie, Vice President of Marketing with GEODEEP, signed the agreement at the Blue Lagoon.

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Philippines:

Software Speeds Up Permitting for 278 MW of Geothermal Projects in Mindanao (Sun.Star)

In a bid to push for cleaner and greener energy sources in Mindanao, key regional government agencies involved in the permitting process of renewable energy (RE) projects have expressed commitment to accelerate processing and updating of RE project applications in various regions on the island.

This commitment was obtained during a recent regional rounds made by the Mindanao Development Authority (Minda) to provide operational updates on the implementation of the One Stop Facilitation and Monitoring Center (OSFMC), a web-based portal for tracking RE applications in Mindanao.

Launched in October last year, the OSFMC web portal was designed to effectively monitor and update the status as well as facilitate the speedy processing of the pending RE project applications in Mindanao.

According to Minda, of the total power project applications, eight are geothermal energy power projects with a combined potential capacity of 278.48 MW.

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Kenya:

Geothermal Provided 46% of Electricity in June in Kenya (Nasdaq)

Only 32% of the Kenyan population is connected to the grid, and high electricity bills and unreliable supply have scared away investors, according to the government.

Kenya Power has 2,211 megawatts of installed capacity, of which 37.6% is hydro power, 27.3% geothermal and 32.9% fossil thermal capacity.

However, geothermal provided 46.4% of the 780.98 GW per hour generation in June 2015 while hydro and thermal contributed 38.1% and 14.8%, respectively, the statement said.

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Ethiopia:

Ethiopia Agrees on First Deal for Privately Produced Geothermal Electricity (Bloomberg)

First 20 MW at Corbetti will cost $100 million to develop


Photographer Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images
Ethiopia’s government signed a deal to buy electricity from Corbetti geothermal-power plant being developed by companies including Reykjavik Geothermal Ltd. of Iceland, a partner in the project.

The state agreed to purchase power at 7.53 U.S. cents per kilowatt hour in an accord signed on Monday during President Barack Obama’s visit to the Horn of Africa nation,

Developing the first 20 megawatts of power output at Corbetti will cost $100 million, all of which will come from Reykjavik, Icelandic Drilling Co. and the African Renewable Energy Fund managed by Berkeley, said Edward Njoroge, chairman of the Corbetti Geothermal Power project. A total of $2 billion is required for generation of the full 500 megawatts, which is expected to be completed by about 2023, he said.

The tariff agreed with the government is “actually tight for us, but we think we can do it,” Njoroge said. The cost of electricity from geothermal projects in Kenya, Africa’s biggest producer of power from steam, is about 8.5 U.S. cents to 9 U.S. cents per kilowatt hour, he said.

U.S. advisers supported negotiations on the tariff via the Power Africa program, which seeks to boost access to electricity on the continent.

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Philippines:

Davao Sur, Batangas Eyed as Prospective Geothermal Sites (The Manila Times)

The DOE is looking for a potential 40 to 50 MW for its low-enthalpy project.


Two areas that have high potential to become geothermal facilities have been identified by the Philippines Department of Energy (DOE).

Mario Marasigan, director of the DOE’s Renewable Energy Management Bureau (REMB), said these areas are Balut Island in Davao del Sur and Tingloy Island in Batangas.

He said the REMB is continuously doing potential resource assessment that could be offered in the next Open Competitive and Selection Process (OCSP) for hydro and geothermal power.

The DOE is looking for a potential 40 to 50 megawatts (MW) for its low-enthalpy project.

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USA, California:

Framework Provides Vision, Action for Salton Sea Initiative (IID)

Geothermal power plants would be built on reclaimed playa


IID released a new framework document that provides a comprehensive vision and specific actions in support of its Salton Sea Restoration and Renewable Energy Initiative.

In taking the next steps to avert the impending demise of the Salton Sea, eventual public health crisis and spur carbon-free energy development for California, the Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors has released a new framework document that provides a comprehensive vision and specific actions in support of its Salton Sea Restoration and Renewable Energy Initiative.

A joint effort between IID and Imperial County, the initiative is a multiphased approach to Salton Sea restoration – the first phase being the development of a plan for an incremental restoration approach that will bridge the gap between current conditions and longer-range Salton Sea restoration planning measures.

USA, California:

IID, Imperial County Want $3B to Restore Salton Sea (The Desert Sun)

Much of the money would help fund new geothermal energy development around the Salton Sea


The new price tag for restoring the Salton Sea: $3.15 billion. That’s how much money local officials now say they want from California, as detailed in a plan approved Tuesday by the Imperial Irrigation District (IID)’s board of directors. It’s less expensive than a $9 billion plan that died in the state Legislature, and local officials hope it will pressure state officials to live up to their promise to restore the lake.

The $3.15 billion would fund shovel-ready pilot projects and new geothermal energy development around the Salton Sea, California’s largest lake. The money would come from several sources, including fees from companies that emit planet-warming greenhouse gases and the $7.5 billion water bond that voters approved in November.

Much of the money would go toward boosting geothermal energy development. The lake is home to one of the world’s most potent geothermal reservoirs, and local officials have long seen new development as a source of royalty payments to fund long-term restoration. New geothermal plants would also suppress dust by covering exposed lakebed, not to mention contribute to California’s ambitious clean energy goals.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

New Zealand:

Two New Geothermal Plants Planned for Far North of New Zealand (The Northern Advocate)

Consent requested for two 25 MW plants by Top Energy


A tripling of Ngawha power station's 25 MW output could make the Far North self-sufficient in electricity and create up to 200 new jobs, a Top Energy boss says.

The expansion, if it goes ahead, could also allow Far Northerners to avoid a hefty price hike proposed by the Electricity Authority to pay for national power infrastructure.

Top Energy is applying for a raft of consents from the Northland Regional and Far North District councils for its plans to build two new geothermal power plants at Ngawha, east of Kaikohe. Each new plant would generate 25 megawatts, as much as the two existing plants combined. The total 75 MW produced would make the Far North an electricity exporter because even at peak demand the district consumes just 70 MW.

The consent hearing will be held at Kingston House in Kerikeri on August 10 and 14. Top Energy is likely to use Ormat that designed the first two plants, though that will depend on price because it is no longer the only producer of power plants suitable for Ngawha's conditions.

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Indonesia:

GRC Announces Workshop Before Indonesian International Geothermal Convention & Exhibition (IIGCE 2015)

August 17 - 18, Golden Ballroom, Sultan Hotel, Jakarta, Indonesia

More information.......               Registration Form......

The Indonesia Geothermal Association (INAGA) in cooperation with the Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) will again conduct a special workshop before the Indonesian International Geothermal Convention & Exhibition (IIGCE 2015) meeting.

The topics are:
  • “A Geothermal Conceptual Model & Well Targeting" 
  • "A Geothermal Medium Enthalpy Management”.
The GRC Distinguished Speakers presenting are:
  • Chun Chin, P.E., Senior Project Manager POWER Engineers Inc.
  • Kevin Wallace, P.E., Senior Project Manager POWER Engineers Inc.
  • Gene Suemnicht, CEO, Chief Geologist EGS Inc.
PLEASE REGISTER BY AUGUST 12 AT THE LATEST.

For more information, visit www.iigce.com

More Information.......               Registration Form......

For registration please email to registration@iigce.com or contact Rahma +62 899 7722 913

Chile:

Enel Details Cerro Pabellón Geothermal Project (News Release)

(Courtesy Enel Green Power)
Enel Green Power has started construction of the first geothermal plant in South America at Cerro Pabellón, in the Antofagasta region in Chile.

The plant at Cerro Pabellón, in the municipality of Ollagüe, will set a double record for Enel Group’s green company: not only will it be the first geothermal plant in South America, but also the first one to be built at 4,500 meters above sea level.

The construction of this facility started on 14 July 2015, after EGP signed a contract with Empresa Nacional del Petróleo (ENAP), the Chilean state company that operates in the hydrocarbon sector. Works will be completed in early 2017 with a total investment of around 320 million US dollars, financed through resources provided by the Enel Green Power.

The technologies that will be transferred to Chile include the cutting-edge drilling system called HH300 that was recently installed in Italy, at Larderello. HH300 is a highly automated hydraulic machine that has an installed capacity of 4 MW and 272 tonnes of hook load capacity and can drill up to 5,000 meters deep into the ground. The drilling structure has a new loading system and uses longer drilling pipes, thus reducing maneuver time and supply costs, achieving an innovative pipe racking management and adding new service platforms. This machine produces evident benefits in terms of safety for operating personnel, efficiency and environmental improvements, since with the same impact and a careful and focused environmental integration, better performances are achieved, while maintaining the balance of the renewable geothermal cycle.

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New Zealand:

Geothermal Figures Large in NZ Energy Excellence Award Nominations

The Deloitte Energy Excellence Awards provide an annual opportunity to recognize excellence and achievement across the electricity, oil, gas and petroleum industries. Geothermal energy, as the biggest renewable energy producer in New Zealand, is well represented in the nominations.
  • Contact Energy is in the running for Energy Project of the Year for it's Wairākei Investment Programme that includes the 166 MWe Te Mihi geothermal power station.
  • In the Community Initiative Of The Year category Mighty River Power and Tauhara North No.2 Trust - Mauri Waiariki are nominated for their "Harnessing the life force of geothermal energy for community good" campaign.
  • Mike Dunstall, a GRC Member, General Manager Geothermal Resources and Development at Contact Energy is nominated for Energy Executive Of The Year
The award winners will be announced 12 August at the Langham Hotel, 83 Symonds Street, Auckland 1010, New Zealand.

Global:

What Is Really Keeping Geothermal Power Back? (Oil Price)

The main global barrier to geothermal power’s growth is not limited resources, or questions about heat, reliability, or sustainability.

The barrier is instead a question of risk. How can government agencies and private companies reduce upfront risk of geothermal exploration with technology and public policy so that new geothermal resources can be discovered and built into power plants?

Many in government agencies, donor banks, and companies in the private sector are taking steps in the right direction to address these risks.

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Kenya:

Kenya’s Climate Change Bill Aims to Promote Low Carbon Growth (Inter Press Service)

Development of geothermal energy will help lower greenhouse gas emissions


A geothermal drilling rig at the Menengai site in Kenya's Rift Valley
Credit: Isaiah Esipisu/IPS
While Kenya makes a low net contribution to global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the country’s Draft National Climate Change Framework Policy notes that a significant number of priority development initiatives will impact on the country’s levels of emissions.

In collaboration with development partners, the country is already investing in increased geothermal electricity in the energy sector to counter this situation, switching movement of freight from road to rail in the transport sector, reforestation in the forestry sector, and agro-forestry in the agricultural sector.

“With a legal framework in place, it will be possible to increase such projects that are geared towards mitigating and adapting to the impacts of climate change,” said Dr Wilbur Ottichilo, a member of parliament for Emuhaya constituency in Western Kenya, and chair of the Parliamentary Network on Renewable Energy and Climate Change, .

The Climate Change Bill seeks to provide the legal and institutional framework for mitigation and adaption to the effects of climate change, to facilitate and enhance response to climate change and to provide guidance and measures for achieving low carbon climate-resilient development.

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USA:

Senator Tester Introduces Geothermal Energy Bill (News Release)

U.S. Senator Jon Tester successfully included his bill to increase geothermal energy development on Montana's public lands into a major bipartisan energy package.

Tester's Geothermal Energy Opportunity (GEO) Act would allow oil and gas developers on public lands to also harness geothermal potential without having to go through a lengthy approval process. The bill would also establish a national goal of producing 50,000 MW of geothermal power by 2025.

"If we're serious about increasing America's energy independence, we must get creative," Tester said. "Tapping Montana's geothermal resources and investing in geothermal research and development will broaden our energy portfolio and create jobs. I'm pleased this bill is moving forward."

The bipartisan energy package announced by Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) yesterday also includes permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund and Senator Tester's Making Public Lands Public Act.

The bill currently sits in the Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

Japan:

Renewable Energy Poses Challenge for Tokyo (Financial Times)

Projects with 47 MW capacity of geothermal energy are now being built


Lacking fossil fuels of its own, Japan has always wrestled with energy policy, but the public’s desire to abandon nuclear power in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima disaster has made the challenge even more severe. The government wants to increase renewables from 10 per cent of its energy mix to 24 per cent by 2030, further reducing its reliance on gas, coal and nuclear.

Japan suffers from frequent volcanic eruptions, but volatile tectonics also mean geothermal power. Geothermal is almost carbon free and when the steam is easy to find it produces cheap electricity.

After a 20-year lull, new geothermal plants are under construction. Idemitsu Kosan is adding 5 MW of geothermal capacity at an existing plant in Kyushu, while a consortium headed by J-Power is building a new 42 MW geothermal facility in the northern province of Akita.

But geothermal produces a tiny fraction of Japan’s electricity and analysts are not optimistic that it will ever be much more. “We have 30 GW of potential but most of the resources are located in national parks,” says Mr Shibata. What is more any hint of using them produces a fierce backlash from hot spring resorts who think power stations will steal their hot water.

Officials at the industry ministry are promoting research into deep geothermal power, found kilometers underground, but it will take costly exploration and drilling.

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Ethiopia:

Ethiopian Government and Reykjavik Geothermal Expected to Sign Agreement to Launch the Second, 500 MW, Phase of Corbetti Geothermal Project (Independent Online)

During United States President Barack Obama’s historic visit to Ethiopia, the Ethiopian government and the US-Icelandic Firm Reykjavik Geothermal signed a construction agreement on Monday to kick off the first 500 Megawatt (MW) phase of the 1,000 MW Corbetti Geothermal Project.

Today, the Ethiopian government and Reykjavik Geothermal are expected to sign an agreement to launch the second, 500 MW, phase of the geothermal project. The whole project is expected to take 8 to 10 years to complete.

Edward Njorge from Corbetti Geothermal Project said Monday that, after tough negotiations they agreed on all terms, making for a good business deal, while boosting the country’s renewable energy endeavour.

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Caribbean:

Caribbean Needs to Switch to Renewable Energy Mix (Caribbean Life)

A leading geothermal expert warns that the small island states in the Caribbean face “a ticking time bomb” due to the effects of global warming and suggests a shift away from fossil fuels to renewable energy is the only way to defuse it.

President of the Ocean Geothermal Energy Foundation and GRC Member Jim Shnell says to solve the problems of global warming and climate change, the world needs a new energy source to replace coal, oil and other carbon-based fuels. OGEF’s mission is to fund the R&D needed to tap into the earth’s vast geothermal energy resources.

“With global warming comes the melting of the icecaps in Greenland and Antarctica and the projection is that at the rate we are going, they will both melt by the end of this century,” Shnell told IPS, adding “if that happens the water levels in the ocean will rise by approximately 200 feet and there are some islands that will disappear altogether.

“So you’ve got a ticking bomb there and we’ve got to defuse that bomb and if I were to rate the issues for the Caribbean countries, I would put a heavyweight on that one.”

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Chile:

The Future of Energy: Latin America’s Path to Sustainability (MIT Sloan)

August 18-19 at the U.N. ECLAC Headquarters, Raúl Prebisch Auditorium, Av. Dag Hammarskjöld 3477, Vitacura, Santiago de Chile. 

The MIT Sloan Latin America Office is partnering with the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean to host a regional conference on energy game changers and the future of energy in Latin America, which is carried out in the framework of the UN Secretary General’s initiative “Sustainable Energy for ALL” (SE4ALL).

Energy is essential to the region’s economic growth and social development. The goal of the conference is to jump start the dialogue between MIT academics, policy makers, and industry leaders to change the future scope of energy in Latin America.

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Science & Technology:

Natural Gas is No Clean Energy Hero, New Research Suggests (Utility Dive)

The impact of gas on recent pollution cuts has been overstated, according to a new study

Natural gas has quantifiably helped cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, but new research suggests most accounts greatly exaggerate its role in pollution cuts in recent years.

Going forward, if the U.S. is going to dramatically reduce carbon pollution in line with the Obama administration's goals and international benchmarks, it will take much more than building new natural gas capacity to replace coal, according to a new study published in the journal Nature last week.

"Our findings are very different than those of other agencies," explained University of Maryland Professor Kuishuang Feng, co-author of the study, "Drivers of the US CO2 emissions 1997–2013."

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Monday, July 27, 2015

USA, Ethiopia:

President Obama Touts Geothermal Energy in Ethiopia Speech (The White House)


Remarks by President Obama at a Joint Press Conference at the National Palace in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

(Courtesy usnews.com)
"....We’re going to continue working together to advance Ethiopia’s economic progress.  Ethiopia has one of the fastest-growing economies in the world and one of the largest economies in Africa.  And we want to sustain that momentum, because a growing and inclusive economy in Ethiopia means more opportunities for the Ethiopian people and more trade and investment between our nations, which, in turn, helps to create American jobs."
"With the renewal of the African Growth and Opportunity Act, we’ll work to further open American markets to Ethiopian products and help expand private sector investment in Ethiopia. Through our Power Africa initiative, we’re working to unlock Ethiopia’s potential for geothermal energy with the nation’s first private sector energy agreement. And this will help the government meet its ambitious goal of significantly increasing access to electricity across Ethiopia and help open the market to developing Ethiopia’s other vast renewable energy sources." 
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USA, California:

Stanford Geothermal Workshop

22-24 February, 2016
Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center, 326 Galvez St., Stanford, CA 94305-6105

The goals of the conference are to bring together engineers, scientists and managers involved in geothermal reservoir studies and developments; provide a forum for the exchange of ideas on the exploration, development and use of geothermal resources; and to enable prompt and open reporting of progress.

We strongly encourage all scientists and engineers involved in geothermal reservoir technology to attend the workshop.

  • Abstract submission will open on Tues, 28th July 2015
  • Abstract submission closes Tuesday 27th October 2015
  • Notification of abstract acceptance/decline Friday 27th November 2015

USA, California:

Opinion: Anti-Carbon Crusade Clouded with Uncertainties (Sacramento Bee)

Declaring it a moral imperative, California’s leading figures have embarked on a crusade to “decarbonize” the state, sharply reducing emissions of gases they say threaten to wreak havoc, even extinction, on the globe’s human population.

A first-stage decarbonization program is underway. But Brown and other political figures, such as Kevin de León, the president pro tem of the state Senate, want California to set a global example over the next 15 years by reducing petroleum consumption in cars and trucks by 50 percent, making buildings more energy-efficient and increasing electrical production from renewable sources – solar, wind and geothermal – from 33 percent, the current goal, to 50 percent. De León is carrying Senate Bill 350 that would implement those goals.

Their crusade, however, raises multiple questions:
  • How will those ambitious goals be met, and at what cost?
  • Will decarbonization be the economic boon that Brown and others envision, or will it make California less attractive for job-creating investment?
  • Will it have a trend-setting effect on global carbon policy, or be ignored by the rest of the world?
  • Does it even go far enough?
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USA, Pennsylvania:

Geothermal Direct Use Technology and Marketplace Workshop

August 17, Hilton Garden Inn, Pittsburgh/Southpointe, Pennsylvania
Registration Fee: $48.00

The purpose of this workshop is to ask for your input regarding the potential for geothermal direct use applications in the Eastern United States. While the entire Eastern U.S. will be discussed, the Appalachian Basin including NY, WV, and PA will feature prominently.

Direct use geothermal energy applications in this region could diversify energy supplies and contribute to net-zero energy goals. This workshop will provide a forum to exchange information on low temperature geothermal applications. To that end, participants will be asked to provide recommendations and information based on personal experience, individual advice, information, or facts regarding this topic.

The objective of the workshop is not to obtain any group position or consensus; rather, the DOE is seeking as many recommendations as possible from all individuals at this meeting.

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Ethiopia:

Ethiopian Electric Power, Corbetti Geothermal Company Sign 500 MW PPA (Federal Government Communication Affairs Office of Ethiopia)

Ethiopian Electric Power and the Corbetti Geothermal Company have signed a Power Purchase Agreement for the first 500 MW.

The 1,000 MW Corbetti geothermal plant will be built in two stages within 8 to 10 years. Upon completion, it will be Africa’s largest geothermal facility.

The Corbetti Geothermal Power Project -- located 200 kilometers (124 miles) south of the capital Addis Ababa -- will be built in two phases, with the first 500 MW phase to be completed in 2018. The second phase is expected to be finished in 2021.

GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Expo:

GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Geothermal Energy Expo - Preliminary Program




GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Geothermal Energy Expo - Preliminary Program from Geothermal Resources Council

Nicaragua:

Geothermal Congress for Latin America and the Caribbean (GEOLAC 2015)

November 18-19, 2015, Managua, Nicaragua


Working alongside development partners, led by the World Bank Group, GEOLAC 2015 will gather key stakeholders - governments, utilities, multilaterals, developers, capital providers, and other providers of expertise - to explore opportunities for increased geothermal output, tackle obstacles to development, promote the exchange of knowledge and expertise, and facilitate vital new meetings and relationships.

USA:

Energy Storage and Geothermal Markets Look To Team Up in the Hunt for Lithium (Renewable Energy World)

As the lithium-ion battery market heats up, developers are seeing exciting opportunities to extract sought-after lithium from spent geothermal brine.


Lithium is commonly extracted from either hard rock via an energy-intensive roasting and leeching process, or from salty brines. The brine is laid out in pools where it evaporates, leaving behind lithium and other minerals. Though it is relatively low-cost, the evaporation process can take up to two years and it is difficult to get most of the lithium out of the brine.

In order to avoid this process, some developers have turned to the Salton Sea in Imperial Valley, California, which sits on a massive geothermal resource. If developed, it could potentially unlock nearly 3 gigawatts (GW) of capacity. Developers have taken notice, and the Imperial Irrigation District has created a plan to develop 1.7 GW by 2032 - if they can get some financial backing. While it sounds like a no-brainer, the project faces several hurdles, including a lack of transmission and long permitting processes.

Canada:

B.C. Geothermal Projects Promising, but ‘Very High Risk’ (The Vancouver Sun)

However, Borealis GeoPower eager to work on proposal with BC Hydro


One of the most promising spots in Canada to tap into the Earth’s heat is at
Meager Creek, near Pemberton, which is shown here blowing off steam
during an experimental drill program in the 1980s. 
Two potential geothermal energy projects near Pemberton, near Whistler in British Columbia (B.C.) could generate electricity for about seven cents a kilowatt hour — only slightly higher than the 5.8 cents to 6.1 cents a kilowatt hour cost estimate of the Site C dam project.

That's the conclusion of a recent Kerr Wood Leidal Associates study on the economic viability of geothermal resources in B.C., which considered nine of the most favorable geothermal sites in the province.

There are no geothermal energy projects operating in B.C. but the study estimated the cost per kilowatt hour for the nine sites would range from 6.9 to 7.1 cents for Pebble Creek and Meager Creek near Pemberton to 17.6 cents for Clarke Lake near Fort Nelson.

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Guatemala:

El Ceibillo Geothermal Project Receives Approval for Modified Schedule (News Release)

Commercial operation of a 25 MW, flash steam power plant is planned for 2018


U.S. Geothermal Inc. has announced that its subsidiary, U.S. Geothermal Guatemala, S.A., received final notification that the modified schedule for the El Ceibillo project was approved by the Minister of Energy and Mines. Notification of the approval by Ministerial Agreement was received on Tuesday, July 21.

The new modified schedule has the commercial operation date for the first phase of the project
occurring during the second quarter of 2018. Preparations are underway to restart the drilling program. The first activity planned will be the drilling of well EC-2.

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Mexico:

Mexico Awards Geothermal Energy Sites to CFE (SeeNews Renewables)

The company will explore for 448 MW of geothermal resources


Mexico's energy ministry last week awarded five geothermal concessions and 13 permits for exploration to national power utility Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE).

The company will study geothermal resources for 448 MW in the states of Baja California, Michoacan, Nayarit and Puebla, while the five reserved fields are Cerro Prieto, Tres Virgenes, Los Azufres, Los Humeros and Cerritos Colorados, located in Baja California, Baja California Sur, Michoacan, Puebla and Jalisco, respectively. The assigned areas allow the company to increase its geothermal power output by 50%.

Also, private investors will have the opportunity to develop some 5,000 MW of probable geothermal resource in the country, according to deputy minister of planning Leonardo Beltran. The private sector could form alliances with CFE too.

Until now, Mexico has developed less than 7% of its geothermal potential, estimated at 13,400 MW, the government said

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Science & Technology:

Shell Backs Plans to Fire Giant Bullets into Ground to Reach Geothermal Energy (Daily Mail)

The answer to Earth’s energy crisis could lie a few thousand feet beneath the planet’s surface. Here, scientists are hoping a nearly limitless amount of geothermal power will provide enough energy to replace Earth’s rapidly depleting fossil fuel resources. But harnessing this renewable energy source is currently a slow and expensive process, with costs ranging from $5 million to $20 million.

Now one company believes it has a solution; repeatedly firing projectiles at 4,500 mph (2 km/s) to blast deep holes in the ground. Washington-based drilling technology company HyperSciences, has been awarded a patent on a new type of ram accelerator funded by a $1 million grant from oil company Shell.

The latest patent details a system in which ‘bullets’ would fire at high velocity causing whatever is in its part to vaporize. The ram accelerator in this design serves as both the chamber and barrel of this ‘Earth gun.’ Gas is pumped in and then ignited pushing the bullet forward at speeds of up to 4,500 mph (2 km/s).

The company hopes the 'gun' could be used to reach geothermal resources at depths up to two miles, by being fired repeatedly.

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Armenia:

Construction to Begin on Syunik Geothermal Project Access Road (PanARMENIAN.Net)

A road will be built to the drilling site before the winter 


Tamara Babayan, the director of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Fund, has announced Friday, July 24, the launch of a $58 million worth investment project designed to help advance Armenia’s renewable energy sector, Arka reports.

One of the project’s components is geothermal exploratory drilling in the southern Armenian province of Syunik to explore the geothermal energy potential. Before the winter, a road will be built to the drilling site, Babayan said.


USA:

Innovative Activity in Geothermal Energy Continues to Increase (Lexology)

The Clean Energy Patent Growth Index (CEPGI), published quarterly by the Cleantech Group at Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C. provides an indication of the trend of innovative activity in the U.S. Clean Energy sector.

Results from the first quarter of 2015 reveal the CEPGI to have a value of 851 granted U.S. patents, which is the fifth highest total for any quarter on record with the other top four all occurring within the prior year and a half.

Geothermal patents (5) are up two compared to the fourth quarter but down one compared to the same quarter a year prior.

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USA:

Senate Energy Bill Would Help Achieve the Nation’s Geothermal Potential (GEA - News Release)

The Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015, introduced last week features five titles reflecting common ground on energy efficiency, infrastructure, supply, accountability, and land conservation.

In the supply title, it includes several provisions supporting geothermal energy. It would:
  • Set a 50,000 MW National Geothermal Goal;
  • Direct federal agencies to identify priority areas for development;
  • Allow federal oil and gas lease holders to obtain a non-competitive geothermal lease to facilitate coproduction of geothermal power -- today 25 billion barrels of hot water are produced annually from oil and gas wells within the United States;
  • Facilitate new discoveries by allowing the limited non-competitive leasing of adjacent lands where a new discovery has been made; and
  • Provide geothermal exploration test projects a limited categorical exclusion provided the lands involved present no extraordinary circumstances.

Turkey, Azerbaijan:

Turkey and Azerbaijan to Cooperate on Developing Geothermal Resources (Daily Sabah)


Istanbul-based Turcas Petrol aims to start producing electricity from geothermal energy in 2017 as part of the company's joint long-term transformation strategy with Azerbaijan's Azalternativenerji to invest in renewable energy both in Turkey and Azerbaijan, Turcas Petrol CEO Batu Aksoy said.

A recent statement released by Turcas Petrol through the Public Disclosure Platform (KAP) on July 21 said the company signed a good-will agreement with Azalternativenerji, which operates within the body of Azerbaijan's State Agency on Alternative and Renewable Energy Sources (SAARES), with the objective of cooperating and developing joint projects to invest in power plants that are based on solar and wind energy and geothermal resources in Turkey and Azerbaijan.

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USA:

Bank of America Announces Additional $125 Billion Environmental Business Initiative (News Release)

The bank has provided $265 Million to geothermal projects since 2007


Bank of America has pledged to increase the company’s current environmental business initiative from $50 billion to $125 billion in low-carbon business by 2025 through lending, investing, capital raising, advisory services and developing financing solutions for clients around the world.

Bank of America has provided more than $39 billion in financing for low-carbon activities since 2007, including $12 billion in 2014 alone, of which 40% went to renewable energies – solar, wind, hydro, geothermal, advanced biofuels or mixed portfolios.

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Bolivia:

Bolivia Mulls 420 MW of Renewables by 2020 (SeeNews Renewables)

State power company Ende to develop Apacheta I geothermal energy project


Bolivia is studying 11 renewable energy projects with the aim to develop 420 MW by 2020, Eduardo Paz, CEO of state-owned power company Empresa Nacional de Electricidad (Ende), said Saturday.

The package, worth some USD 600 million (EUR 542.4m), includes four solar and two biomass projects studied by Empresa Electrica Guaracachi SA, as well as four wind and the Apacheta I geothermal energy project managed by Empresa Electrica Corani SA.

The country will seek to reduce its fossil fuel consumption and export surplus electricity to the region, Paz added.

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USA:

Renewable Energy Delivers 70% of New Generating Capacity in First Half of 2015 (Energy Collective)

According to the recently released Energy Infrastructure Update from the Office of Energy Projects at the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), renewable energy sources accounted for 69.75 percent of new electrical generation placed into service in the first six months of 2015.

Wind provided more than half (50.64 percent) of all new capacity, or 1,969 megawatts (MW) thus far this year from 18 generating “units.” Solar followed with 549 MW (71 units), biomass with 128 MW (7 units), geothermal steam with 45 MW (1 unit), and hydropower with 21 MW (1 unit).

Twenty-one units of natural gas contributed 1,173 MW and one unit of coal provided just 3 MW of new generating capacity. For the first half of 2015, new generating capacity from renewable energy sources was 904 times greater than that from coal and more than double that from natural gas. To date, no new capacity came from either nuclear or oil.

The trend continues with renewable energy now accounting for 17.27 percent of total installed operating generating capacity in the U.S.: water – 8.61%, wind – 5.84%, biomass – 1.40%, solar – 1.08%, and geothermal steam – 0.34% (for comparison, renewables were 16.28% of capacity in June 2014 and 15.81% in June 2013).

Renewable electrical capacity is now greater than that of nuclear (9.20%) and oil (3.87%) combined. In fact, the installed capacity of wind power alone has now surpassed that of oil.

Italy:

Enel Green Power Finalizes Geothermal-Biomass Hybrid Project (SeeNews Renewables)

Enel Green Power SpA announces it has completed the construction of a 5 MW power plant in Italy’s Tuscany region that uses biomass to add heat to existing geothermal steam.

The new facility was built next to the existing 13 MW Cornia 2 geothermal power plant and is expected to increase the latter's output by more than 30 GWh annually. Enel Green has invested over EUR 15 million (USD 16.6m) in the biomass project.

The newly-installed power station uses virgin forest biomass to heat steam from an initial temperature of 150-160 degrees Celsius to 370-380 degrees Celsius. This boosts net electricity production capacity because of the increased enthalpy of the steam and the improved efficiency of the cycle, Enel Green explained.

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Indonesia, United Kingdom:

British Prime Minister Offers Loans to Find Geothermal Energy Development in Indonesia (ABC Online)

Geothermal power projects worth 66 million pounds ($140 million) could be funded


British prime minister David Cameron and
Indonesian president Joko Widodo
 (AFP: Adek Berry)
British prime minister David Cameron says his government will make available loans of up to 1 billion pounds ($2.1 billion) to Indonesia to help finance infrastructure projects.

The British government said the financing for South-East Asia's largest economy could pave the way for 200 million pounds ($425 million) worth of Indonesian exports to Britain.

Possible projects include a 400 million pound ($850 million) sewage treatment system in the capital, Jakarta, and geothermal power projects worth 66 million pounds ($140 million).

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USA:

US Senate to Consider Bill Targeting Barriers to Geothermal Development (Renewable Energy Magazine)

Would establish a 50 GW goal for geothermal development


Sen. Lisa Murkowski
A bill intended to unleash the potential of geothermal energy in the United States was introduced over the weekend, and, right out of the gate, it's got bipartisan support.

The bill, entitled "The Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015," is sponsored by Sen. Lisa Murkowski, a Republican from Alaska, and Sen. Maria Cantwell, a Democrat from Washington state.

Among its provisions is establishing a 50 GW goal for geothermal development. It also directs federal agencies to identify priority areas for development, allows federal oil and gas lease holders to obtain a non-competitive geothermal lease to facilitate coproduction of geothermal power, and will provide geothermal exploration test projects a limited categorical exclusion provided the lands involved present no extraordinary circumstances.

The bill will be considered by the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Ethiopia:

Ethiopia: Iceland Investors Keen to Engage in Geothermal Energy Dev't in Ethiopia (All Africa)

Minister for Foreign Affairs of Iceland said his government will support investors from Iceland to engage in the development of geothermal energy in Ethiopia.

Minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson visited the Aluto-Langano Geothermal Power Plant Thursday as well as held discussion with his Ethiopian counterpart, Dr. Tedros Adhanom.

Sveinsson on the occasion told ENA that "like my country, Ethiopia has abundant geothermal energy potential. Hence, my government will support investors from Iceland to exploit this potential." Read More....

Caribbean:

St Vincent geothermal project on track to start-up in 2018 (Caribbean News Now)

KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- The geothermal energy project in St Vincent is on track to start-up in 2018, according to Peter Williams, a representative of Emera Caribbean Limited, one of the companies that is partnering with the government of St Vincent and the Grenadines to execute the project.

Williams told a group of stakeholders at a luncheon on Friday that his company is on track to move to the drilling phase of the project. He says they should get to this stage by the second quarter of 2016.

Williams said that, after the drilling is done, wells will be set up and the environmental analysis completed, following which they will begin work on the geothermal energy plant at the end of 2016.

Williams said the aim of the project is to bring stable pricing and a lower cost to energy consumers. He said although the upfront cost is high, it will be cost-effective in the long run.

GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Expo:

60 Days to the 2015 GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Expo

Preliminary Program is available to view online, or download and print-out if you wish.

There are two methods of completing the registration process......we recommend registering online...........

1. Download the Registration Form (PDF) to your desktop.

Fill-in, saving as you progress. Print out and mail to:

GRC Annual Meeting
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You can also attach the Registration Form (PDF) to an email and send to Anh Lay at alay@geothermal.org

Note: Speakers and Exhibitors only have the option of completing the PDF Registration Form - They cannot register online using the link below.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

New Zealand & Japan:

New Zealand institute, Japan's JOGMEC team up on geothermal development (SeeNews Renewable)

New Zealand Crown Research Institute GNS Science and the Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corp (JOGMEC) last week unveiled an agreement to cooperate on geothermal energy development.

The pact calls for technical cooperation in environmental impacts, survey methods, improving exploration accuracy and sustainability of geothermal reservoirs and supporting public acceptance of geothermal projects.

The Japanese want to tap into New Zealand expertise as they seek to raise their geothermal output, GNS Science said. New Zealand is the world's fifth largest geothermal producer with 1,100 MW of capacity, while Japan is the ninth largest with 540 MW, according to its announcement.

GNS Science said it has provided specialist services to the Japanese geothermal industry for many years.

The agreement follows a meeting in Japan earlier in 2015 between New Zealand's energy and resources minister and Japanese officials.

Australia:

Winton council to go ahead with $3.5m geothermal power plant in bid to ease electricity costs (ABC Australia)

A western Queensland shire council says it will go ahead with a plan to build a $3.5 million geothermal plant.

The Winton Shire Council said it would need to borrow some money for the construction but a geothermal power plant could save $15 million over 20 years in electricity costs.

The plan is to use heat from artesian water as an energy source to power council buildings.

Mayor Butch Lenton said the plant should be operational by the end of 2016 and would help ensure the small town's sustainability.

"Anything to do with the sustainability of small towns I think councils have got to look towards it," he said. Read More.....