Friday, October 2, 2015

USA, Washington: State's signature clean energy event

Washington's Clean Energy Conference

Presented by Washington State Department of Commerce & Northwest Environmental Business Council

Now in its sixth year, this conference is the State's signature clean energy event, bringing together members of the energy industry, energy policy & economic development leaders, project hosts, and users of energy services.

Included within this one conference are:

Policy & Economic Development
Looking at the current context for clean energy, and how Washington can continue on this path in the face of changing market dynamics.

The Business of Renewable Energy
Advancing the professional level of the industry with discussions related to energy technologies and project development.

The Business of Energy Efficiency
Exploring how to increase the penetration of energy efficiency through policy, finance, and market mechanisms.

Energy Technology Innovation
A look at the leading edge of clean energy technologies.

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France: Minister Continues to Support Geothermal Energy

Four draft laws to promote geothermal energy (parisdelavenir)

French ecology minister, Ségolène Royal
The French ecology minister, Ségolène Royal, has put forward new mechanisms that will aim to support and further the development of the geothermal sector. Geothermal energy exploits calories (heat energy) trapped in the earth and uses them as energy or to generate electricity.

The minister has spent the last year speaking and debating with key players in the sector and these proposals are part of her commitment to implement the energy reform before the end of the year.

They will aim to expand the use of renewable energy originating from both geothermal sources and biomethane, which is released from landfill sites and water treatment plants. Another lever to help fulfil the objectives of the energy transition bill and increase renewable energy’s proportion of global consumption to 32% by 2030.

Over 1,000 Photos from the GRC Geothermal Event

View all the photos from the GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Geothermal Energy Expo

Over 1,100 photos and videos from the geothermal event held September 20-23 at the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino, Reno, Nevada, USA.

Photos from 2015 GRC Annual Meeting: GRC Fieldtrip to McGinness Hills Geothermal Plant

Photos from the GRC Fieldtrip to McGinness Hills Geothermal Plant, from September 23-25, 2015

GRC 2015 - GRC Fieldtrip to McGinness Hills Geothermal Plant

Mexico: Video of Inauguration of 50 MW Los Azufres III Phase I Geothermal Power Plant

Encuentros con el Presidente - Central Geo termo eléctrica Los Azufres III Fase I en Michoacán (Gobierno de la República)

The President of Mexico officially inaugurated on September 25 the Los Azufres III Phase I geothermal power plant of 50 MW, installed in the state of Michoacan.

Iceland: Report from the Deep Drilling Project

Drilling into magma: the future of electricity production from volcanic geothermal systems? (European Geosciences Union )

Citation: Scott, S., Driesner, T. & Weis, P. Geologic controls on supercritical geothermal resources above magmatic intrusions. Nature Communications. 6:7837 doi: 10.1038/ncomms8837 (2015)

Transparent, opalescent steam discharges from the IDDP-1 borehole
at the Krafla volcano in Iceland. (Image: Kristján Einarsson/IDDP)
Electricity production from high-enthalpy geothermal systems typically involves drilling boreholes into permeable reservoirs at depths of 1-2 km and temperatures between 250-300 °C. The fluid that comes up the wellbore consists of a mixture of liquid and vapor, from which the vapor is separated and passed through a steam turbine to generate on average 3-5 MW per well.

The Iceland Deep Drilling Project (IDDP) was founded by a group of international scientists who sought to drill to deeper, hotter conditions where water is a single-phase, intermediate density, supercritical fluid. Basic thermodynamic considerations suggest that wells drilled into supercritical geothermal resources could potentially provide an order of magnitude more electricity than a conventional geothermal well. 

A plan was developed to drill a borehole to 4-5 km depth in the Krafla geothermal system, with the aim of discovering a reservoir at supercritical temperatures (>374 °C) and pressures (>220 bars).

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Photos from 2015 GRC Annual Meeting: GRC Awards Luncheon

Photos from the GRC Awards Luncheon, on September 23, 2015

GRC 2015 - GRC Awards Luncheon

Webinar: Lessons on the Role of Public Finance in Deploying Geothermal Energy in Developing Countries

The Role of Public Finance in Driving Geothermal Deployment (Finance News)

This webinar from Climate Policy Initiative and the Climate Investment Funds shares recommendations on the effective delivery of public finance from policymakers and development finance institutions to enable fast and cost-effective deployment of geothermal in developing countries. It draws lessons from case studies of geothermal projects with different public, private and mixed development models in Turkey, Kenya and Indonesia. Geothermal energy has the potential to provide significant amounts of low-carbon, low-cost electricity in many developing countries. However, it is not reaching its potential in developing countries. This webinar explores the barriers to geothermal deployment and ways of addressing them.   Full Paper (PDF)........

USA: "Geothermal’s “day is going to come, and it’s going to come very soon" - Jonathan Weisgall

Felicia Marcus: No simple solutions on California water (The Desert Sun)

Speakers at the Southern California Energy and Water Summit in Palm Springs on Thursday called for a clean energy mix that incorporates battery storage, wind, round-the-clock geothermal energy, smarter demand management, greater energy-sharing with neighboring states, and a host of less glamorous measures.

The southern shore of the Salton Sea is home to one of the strongest geothermal hotspots in the world, but only one new plant has opened there since 2000, due to the technology’s high up-front costs. That’s frustrated local officials, who say new development could help fund Salton Sea restoration while generating clean energy for California 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia, D-Coachella, tried unsuccessfully to get a dedicated carve out for geothermal in the 50 percent clean energy bill. But Jonathan Weisgall — vice president of legislative affairs for Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Energy — which owns most of the geothermal plants by the Salton Sea — predicted that geothermal’s “day is going to come, and it’s going to come very soon,” if California wants to hit 50 percent clean energy.

“Renewables are going from the appetizer to the entrée,” Weisgall said.

V. John White, executive director of the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies, had a specific idea for how California can promote geothermal development. White suggested that state officials buy geothermal energy to power the State Water Project, the system of pumps and aqueducts that carries water from California’s wet north to its parched south. That system accounts for 2 to 3 percent of the state’s overall electricity consumption, and it requires power around the clock.

“That would be a tangible, good-faith demonstration of the state’s commitment to restore the Salton Sea,” White said.

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Kenya: The Menengai Geothermal Energy Special Economic Zone

Raw geothermal steam can power plants at cheaper cost (The Star)

The government’s plan to create a special economic zone in Nakuru’s Menengai area is slowly taking shape with the launch of a project that uses direct heat from a steam well to power its operations.

The project includes a milk processing plant, a laundry, horticultural greenhouse and an aquatic fish pond which will be powered by heat tapped and channeled through pipes from the 30 MW steam well.

Energy Principal Secretary Joseph Njoroge says the government is betting on the lower operational costs and the expected industrial accumulation to attract investments in the greenfield energy — the use of natural gas to run operations.

The increase in the steam technology is set to place Kenya in the same league as USA, New Zealand and Iceland countries that have diversified the use of geothermal energy away from traditional electricity generation for industrial growth.

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Kenya: Manager of Climate Investment Funds Promotes Geothermal Energy

Lack of electricity locks people in poverty – low-carbon energy is the key (The Guardian)

Funding geothermal and solar energy projects can help to provide clean, reliable, renewable power to people, boosting green growth and reducing poverty

The geothermal power area in Naivasha, Kenya, October 2014.
Photograph: Zhou Xiaoxiong/Alamy
Steam billows from an energy plant in a stretch of Kenya’s Great Rift Valley, about 180km north of the capital, Nairobi. But the white clouds rising from the tidy grid of pipes aren’t a sign of polluting greenhouse gas emissions contributing to climate change. They are a signal that the country of more than 44 million, where some 65% of the population does not have access to electricity, is one giant step closer to delivering clean, reliable, renewable power to its people.

The first phase of the $746m Menengai geothermal development project is well under way, with already proven steam resources capable of generating 130 megawatts of electricity and working toward commissioning the first power plants in 2016.

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Photos from 2015 GRC Annual Meeting: GRC Poster Session/Reception:

Photos from the GRC Poster Reception/Reception, on September 23, 2015

GRC 2015 - Poster Session Reception

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Photos from 2015 GRC Annual Meeting: GRC Leadership Luncheon:

Photos from the GRC Leadership Luncheon, on September 22, 2015

GRC 2015 - Student Leadership Luncheon

Photos from 2015 GRC Annual Meeting: GRC Annual Banquet

Photos from the GRC Annual Banquet, on September 21, 2015

GRC 2015 - Annual Banquet

GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Geothermal Energy Expo: Good Review by Renewable Energy World

8 Notable Moments from the GRC 39th Annual Meeting and GEA Geothermal Energy Expo in Nevada (Renewable Energy World)

The Geothermal Resources Council 39th Annual Meeting & Geothermal Energy Association Geothermal Energy Expo in Nevada on Sept. 21 – 23 featured preconference workshops and local field trips, technical workshops, poster presentations, more than 90 exhibitors, and much more.

Here’s a look at some of the highlights from the event.

USA, California: Second-largest City in the USA Ups its Geothermal Energy Use

Geothermal Fulfilling 1.1 Percent of 2020 Clean Power Goal for Los Angeles (Renewable Energy World)

“Geothermal energy is an incredibly vital renewable resource to have in our power portfolio because it generates power continuously, so we can rely on it for base-load renewable power, 24/7.”

Don A. Campbell geothermal power plant
Power produced by the recently expanded Don A. Campbell geothermal plant in Mineral County, Nevada, now represents 1.1 percent of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s (LADWP) 33 percent by 2020 clean energy goal, the utility said on Sept. 29.

Ormat Technologies in August completed construction of the plant expansion, and the company said commercial operation of the new facility began on Sept. 17.

According to LADWP, in 2013, the utility averaged 23 percent of its power sales from renewable energy.

“Geothermal energy is an incredibly vital renewable resource to have in our power portfolio because it generates power continuously, so we can rely on it for base-load renewable power, 24/7,” Michael Webster, LADWP executive director of power system – engineering and technical services, said in a statement.

LADWP is the recipient of the 16.2 MW output of the expansion, which represents 130 GWh per year. The utility supplies more than 24,000 GWh of electricity per year for Los Angeles, according to the LADWP website.

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Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis: Discussion on Geothermal Energy Development on the Caribbean Islands

Is it feasible for St. Kitts, Nevis to pursue geothermal separately? (WINN FM)

Why is St. Kitts exploring the possibility of developing geothermal energy Nevis has been pursuing that path for the last several years?


The government announced in July that it has ramped up its pursuit of geothermal energy, as it seeks to expand renewable energy alternatives. At that time, speaking at the Prime Minister’s monthly press conference, Minister of Energy, Ian ‘Patches’ Liburd,  pointed out that plans have been put in place to conduct feasibility study in St. Kitts, to establish the potential of geothermal energy.

But Nevis has been working to develop its geothermal resource for several years under two government administration and just last week announced that it is making progress on this matter. Will both islands pursue geothermal separately and is this cost effective. That’s a question put to both ministers of energy in St. Kitts and in Nevis. Minister Liburd says that despite’s Nevis’ attempts at harnessing geothermal energy; St. Kitts can still pursue its own.

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Science & Technology: How EGS Could be a Game-Changer for Geothermal Energy

Geothermal Energy: Is New Technology Resetting the Agenda? (POWER magazine)

After years of stressing the conventional virtues of geothermal power production—reliable, baseload renewable energy from geological sources—the geothermal industry and the U.S. government are looking at ways technology can change the hot rocks game and give a boost to an often-overlooked resource.

Storm and Geothermal Power Plant, by Piyush Bakane, Reno, Nevada. Taken during the Don A Campbell-2 drilling operation, at ORMAT's Don A Campbell geothermal project, July 2015 (GRC Photo Contest 2015)
Legendary venture capitalist Vinod Khosla, who made a pile of money in information technology and computers, is making another big bet, on an advanced energy technology. This time he has put his money down on the application of advanced oil and gas technology to the promising but long-lagging field of geothermal energy.

Khosla is making a wager on geothermal because of its very different profile from the hot-shots in today’s renewables market, wind and solar. Unlike the sun and wind, geothermal energy offers round-the-clock generation. On top of that, the fundamental geological fact is that hot rocks are ubiquitous, although not always attractive for conventional geothermal technologies.

Photos from 2015 GRC Annual Meeting: GRC International Luncheon

Photos from the GRC International Luncheon, on September 21, 2015

GRC 2015 - International Luncheon

Philippines: 12 MW Maibarara-2 Geothermal Expansion Project Moves Along

Philippine DOE declares 62 MW of renewable power plants commercial (SeeNews Renewables)

Maibarara geothermal plant (Courtesy PetroEnergy)

The Philippine Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a Certificate of Commerciality for a 12 MW geothermal plant expansion by certain subsidiaries of PetroEnergy Resources Corp.

More specifically, the DOE has declared commercial the 12 MW Maibarara-2 (M2) project, which is an expansion of the existing 20 MW Maibarara-1 facility in Batangas.

The project is developed by Maibarara Geothermal Inc which is a 65%-owned subsidiary of PetroEnergy’s renewables arm. The plant is expected to be commissioned over the next two years.

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Photos from 2015 GRC Annual Meeting: GRC Fieldtrip to the Long Valley Caldera

Photos from the GRC Fieldtrip to the Long Valley Caldera, from September 18-20, 2015

GRC 2015 - GRC Fieldtrip to the Long Valley

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

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Costa Rica: Geothermal Helps to Cut Fossil Fuel Use

Costa Rica’s ICE slashes use of fossil fuels by a remarkable 94 percent (ICR News)

The Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) slashed its use of fossil fuels for electric generation a remarkable 94 percent during the first eight months of this year compared to the same period in 2014, according to purchase records provided by the Costa Rican Oil refinery (RECOPE).

Some 77.6 percent of the electricity generated during the period came from hydroelectric power plants; 12.34 percent was from geothermal sources; 10.05 percent came from wind power; and 0.01 percent from solar panels.

Clean sources will account for nearly 93 percent of the electricity generated this year, ICE predicted last month.

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Iceland: How renewable energy transformed the island's economy

Exploring Iceland's Clean Energy Economy (Huffington Post)

Geothermal Sunsets by Sigurdur William Brynjarsson, Hafnarfjordur, Iceland.
The area around Nesjavallavirkjun geothermal plant in Iceland.

Until the 1970s, Iceland was classified as a developing country by the United Nations Development Program. For centuries it was among the poorest in Europe, a nation dominated by sheep farming, fishing, and a dirty energy mix of fossil fuel, imported oil and coal.

In the decades that followed, Iceland radically transformed its energy system to one that relies on domestic renewable sources. Today, all of Iceland's electric power is generated by hydropower and geothermal energy, and about 95 percent of the nation's heating demands are warmed by geothermal means. This was accomplished through localized, profit-driven initiatives led by communities, small villages and individual entrepreneurs.

Photos from 2015 GRC Annual Meeting: Opening Session

Photos from the Opening Session of the GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Geothermal Energy Expo, on September 21, 2015

GRC 2015 - Opening Session

USA, Oregon: Drilling to Begin on 3-15 MW Geothermal Power Project on Tribal Land

Geothermal Exploration (Warm Springs Community Radio)

Warm Springs Power and Water Enterprises is beginning the second phase of a geothermal research project utilizing a $580,000 grant from the Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development.  Jim Manion, general manager of Power and Water, explains that the research area is near Kah-Nee-Ta and the Mutton Mountains.

The first phase of the project involved analysis of soil and other features of the area, to determine whether a geothermal resource may exist.  This study proved positive, leading to the second phase, which will involve drilling a deeper well and more detailed analysis. Eventually, Power and Water could develop a small or moderate sized generating facility. The facility would be in the 3 to 15 watt range, compared to, for instance, the tribes’ Re-Reg dam, which is 20 megawatts.

A state energy policy requires utilities to include a certain amount of renewable energy sources in their portfolios, which makes the Warm Springs geothermal project potentially lucrative for the tribes.

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Chile: Government Wants 70% Renewable Energy by 2050

Chile sets 70% non-conventional renewable energy target for 2050 (Fox News Latino)

Chile's government says that as part of its push for a low-emission and cost-competitive energy future it has set a goal of lifting non-conventional renewables' share of the country's energy matrix to 70 percent by 2050.

That target, which would represent a 58-percentage-point gain with respect to the current level, was announced Tuesday, a day after President Michelle Bachelet pledged before the U.N. General Assembly that Chile would reduce carbon-dioxide emissions between now and 2030 by 30 percent if it receives international support.

The government is proposing that non-conventional renewable sources account for at least 70 percent of Chile's energy matrix in 2050, a plan in which solar and wind energy will be the focus, complimented by new small hydroelectric projects as well as biomass, geothermal energy and marine energy.

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Photos from 2015 GRC Annual Meeting: Opening Reception

Photos from the Opening Reception of the GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Geothermal Energy Expo, on September 20, 2015

GRC 2015 - Opening Reception

France: Strasbourg Geothermal Project Gets Green Light

State allows geothermal drilling near Strasbourg (News AFP)

(Translated from French) The prefect of the Bas-Rhin region announced Tuesday that it had authorized a geothermal deep drilling project at Ostwald (suburb of Strasbourg), a project that he said will be accompanied by a "network monitoring "to" control the risk of micro-seismicity. "

The project, designed by the group Electricité de Strasbourg (ES, a subsidiary of EDF), aims to power a future district heating system and industrial facilities.  It was the subject of a public inquiry in April and May, and a "significant citizen involvement, legitimate given the stakes," observed the prefect Stephane Fratacci.

The first drilling should take place in the summer of 2016.

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USA, Nevada: Beautiful Video of Enel's Hybrid CSP/PV Geothermal Power Plant

Enel Green Power’s hybrid power plant in the USA (enelvideo)

Note in the video the bigger footprint of the 26 MW of Solar PV and 17 MW of CSP arrays compared to the 33 MW of geothermal power plant

Last year, Enel Green Power North America Inc. (EGP-NA) added a 17 MW trough-based concentrating solar power (CSP) component to its existing 33 MW Stillwater geothermal power facility in Churchill County, Nevada, USA.

Enel's hybrid plant was built in the USA, with a combination of various renewable sources, namely the generation capacity of geothermal, solar PV and thermodynamic power coexisting on the same site. A mix of different technologies that can achieve cutting-edge solutions for energy production.

Photos from 2015 GRC Annual Meeting: Annual Charity Golf Tournament

Photos from the GRC Annual Charity Golf Tournament held at the Red Hawk Golf Course in Sparks, Nevada, September 20, 2015.

GRC 2015 - Golf Tournament

Australia: Origin Energy to begin a "controlled exit" from certain geothermal and international exploration activities

Origin Energy to raise $2.5b equity to ease pressure on balance sheet (The Australian Financial Review)

Having agreed to sell its 53.1 percent stake in major New Zealand geothermal energy producer Contact Energy to "a broad range of Australian, New Zealand and international equity market" investors in August, Origin Energy has continued to realign its assets.

The Australian utility has  dropped its  resistance to a capital raising, moving to sell $2.5 billion in new equity in  response to markets increasingly panicky about resource sector debt levels  while key commodities face a prolonged price slump.

Assets to be sold include Origin's stakes in oil and gas production ventures in the Cooper Basin and the Perth Basin, overseas exploration, geothermal energy, wind farms and pipelines. The company has already received approaches for assets and expects to complete sales by early next year.

It also said it would begin a "controlled exit" from certain geothermal and international exploration activities.

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El Salvador: Government to Boost Renewables With Tax Benefits

El Salvador to expand tax incentives for renewables (SeeNews Renewables)

El Salvador's government has proposed legal changes to extend tax incentives to larger renewable energy projects and the expansion of existing plants.

A draft decree was presented to the parliament on Tuesday by economy minister Tharsis Lopez, chairman of the National Energy Council.

The list of energy sources and technologies under the renewable energy law will be extended to include new technology developments, while the expansion of existing plants will become eligible for incentives which would stimulate additional investments. Another objective, according to the economy ministry, is removing the current limit of 10 MW while maintaining stronger support for the small projects via longer-term tax exemptions.

The reform is expected to encourage investments in hydro, geothermal, wind, solar, marine, biogas and biomass power, as well as any new energy source in the future, the ministry said.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

USA, Nevada: Ex Ormat Director Paul Thomsen Appointed to State PUC

Expert with renewable energy background appointed to Public Utilities Commission (Las Vegas Sun)

Paul Thomsen at a GRC Annual Meeting Opening Session
Gov. Brian Sandoval has appointed Paul Thomsen, an energy expert with experience in the renewable industry, as the newest regulator on the Nevada Public Utilities Commission. Thomsen was Director at Ormat Technologies from 2005 to 2013.

Thomsen replaces outgoing Commissioner Rebecca Wagner and will serve as chairman.

“Paul is one of the leading experts in Nevada’s dynamic energy industry,” Sandoval said in a news release. “I know he will be a fair regulator.”

Thomsen arrives at the PUC as regulators debate high-profile cases regarding the state’s rooftop solar industry and a push by the casino industry to purchase and create power without the state’s largest utility, NV Energy.

Since 2013, Thomsen has served as director of the Governor’s Office of Energy and has an extensive background in the geothermal industry.

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Europe: Geothermal News from EGEC

The EGEC Newsletter September 2015 - The Voice of Geothermal in Europe

The September issue of the EGEC newsletter is now available. Click here to download it.

  • GIA Honorary members
  • New Regulations on energy labelling
  • New Shallow Geothermal task force
  • EGC 2016
  • New EU energy label crowns geothermal heat pump as the most efficient heating device
  • EGEC establishes new Task Force on Ground Source Heat Pumps
  • EU Commission unveils new Integrated Strategic Energy Technology (SET) Plan
  • France adopts ambitious energy transition law
  • Horizon 2020: details of next funding opportunities for geothermal projects now available
  • DH system in Unterschleissheim in profit years ahead of schedule
  • Drilling to start in February 2016 for Power plant in Holzkirchen, Germany
  • Turkey 9th in global Geothermal Capacity Ranking
  • Bauer and Schlumberger to collaborate on new deep drilling Rigs
  • ETH Zurich unveils new modelling method for supercritical fluids
  • Munich RE providing exploration Risk insurance for Akiira Geothermal Limited in Kenya
  • Enel Green Power Innovation Competition: Deadline 31st October
  • Geothermal Career day for employers and Candidates
  • EGC2016
  • GeoPower and Heat Summit
  • Events Calendar

USA, California: Los Angeles Council Member Celebrates More Geothermal for the City

Expanded Geothermal Plant Helps Create Clean Energy Future for L.A. (councilmember.fuentes)

The plant is expected to produce power at an average of 95 percent capacity or more annually. Because of its predictability, it also saves on transmission and other integration costs, as compared to wind and solar renewable energy.

In another step toward creating a clean energy future for Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) announced today that Angelenos are now receiving clean, reliable and renewable geothermal power from an expanded geothermal power plant in Nevada.

The Don A. Campbell II Geothermal Power Plant in Mineral County, Nevada is delivering 16.2 megawatts (MW) of geothermal energy to Los Angeles homes and businesses, moving LADWP closer to its mandated renewable energy target of 33 percent by 2020. The new plant will provide more than 130 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of clean reliable energy per year, enough to serve 22,500 Los Angeles typical households each year and avoid over 75,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions, which is roughly equivalent in removing 14,600 cars off the road.

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Kenya: EoI Invited for O&M for 70 MW Akiira Geothermal Power Plant

Expression of Interest (EoI) for Operation and Maintenance of Akiira Geothermal Limited (AGL) 70 MW Geothermal Power Plant
  • Akiira Geothermal Limited (AGL) is currently developing a 70 MW power plant
  • AGL seeking for suitable firms to provide Operations and Maintenance (O&M) for their power plant.
  • The O&M contract will be for a 5 year period with the option to extend the contract.
  • The contract will cover under a fixed price the Power Plant and the Steam Gathering System management.
  • The Company (AGL) will operate the geothermal field and will be responsible for the steam supply.
  • The contract will include penalty and bonus provisions.
  • The full Request for Proposal will be out in October.
Interested companies should provide proof of the following:
  • At least 5 years’ experience in operating similar size plants under similar contract arrangements.
  • Experience in operating geothermal facilities will be a plus.
  • Experience in operating in East Africa will be considered favorably
  • A strong balance sheet to assure timely and quality performance.
  • 3 years Audited accounts and any other relevant financial information
Email or Soft Copy submissions are to be send to

Hard copies are to be sent to:

Akiira Geothermal Limited
Technical Director
36 Muiri Lane, Off Langata Road, Opposite Galleria
Nairobi, Kenya.

Submission must reach AGL no later than September 30th, 2015, 5 PM EAT.

USA, California: More Photos of the Wildfire Damage at The Geysers

Wildfire Damage at Renewable Energy Complex Estimated At $35 Million (KQED)

The Valley Fire, which leveled more than 1,900 structures and left 3,000 homeless,  also appears to have done more damage than initially thought to facilities at The Geysers geothermal field, along the border of Sonoma and Lake counties.

Texas-based Calpine, which operates the damaged plants, estimates it will cost $30-$35 million to repair infrastructure damage from the fast-moving blaze, which scorched wooden cooling towers and communications infrastructure at five of its 14 power plants.

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Australia: Nice Overview of Geothermal Energy by Australian Academy of Science

Feeling the heat: geothermal energy (

Geothermal energy is a clean, green resource with the potential to power Australia for millennia.

Our planet is feeling the heat—but it’s not all from climate change and the increasing concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Some of the heat is coming from within Earth itself; and rather than causing global warming it has the potential to wean us off fossil fuels for good.

There seems to be enough geothermal energy to keep us all ‘rocking’. Earth’s total heat content has been calculated at 12.6 x 1024 megajoules, which would meet the world’s current energy needs for several billion years.

Unfortunately, most of this is inaccessible; but tapping just a fraction of it would make a substantial contribution in terms of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It has been estimated that in Australia, using just 1 per cent of the geothermal energy shallower than 5 kilometres and hotter than 150°C could supply all our energy requirements for 26,000 years (and then some, as this figure does not take into account geothermal energy’s renewability). Geothermal exponents talk about an ‘almost limitless’ supply of energy. The challenge is tapping into it in a cost-effective way.

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Finance: Update on Geothermal Exploration Financing from the GRC Annual Meeting

Multinational Bank Financing of Geothermal Exploration Up 11 Percent from 2012 (Renewable Energy World)

Pierre Audinet at the International Session of the GRC Annual Meeting
Financing of geothermal energy exploration by multinational banks has increased 11 percent, up from 6 percent in 2012 to 17 percent in 2015, Pierre Audinet, senior energy economist for World Bank’s Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP), said on Sept. 21.

Speaking during the Geothermal Resources Council 39th Annual Meeting in Reno, Nevada, Audinet said that the increased spending from multinational banks, such as World Bank, is “a big achievement.”

A result of the World Bank-initiated Global Geothermal Development Plan, the investment in exploration is helping grow the global geothermal industry.

About 15 percent of capital expenditures for geothermal projects must be invested in exploration in order for the projects to move forward, Audinet said, adding that from 1977 to 2012, about 94 percent of the $3 billion invested in geothermal development by multinational banks was dedicated to above-ground infrastructure.

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South America: Report from Geothermal Workshop in Columbia

A Look At Irena’s Geothermal Initiative In The Andes (IRENA)

Geothermal energy is an abundant resource in the Andean region that has enormous potential to provide low-cost clean energy, though it remains largely untapped. The total geothermal resource capacity of the region is approximately 12 gigawatts, which equals the total installed global geothermal capacity in 2014. 

Despite such considerable and unique geothermal energy potential, no geothermal power plants are operating to date as Andean countries still face challenges. In this context, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), together with the government of Colombia, recently co-organised a two-day workshop to address this issue. The event focused on: identifying the main barriers that Andean countries face in financing geothermal projects; and disseminating best practices.

Indonesia: Permits for Geothermal Projects in Forested Areas to be Processed in 15 days

Indonesia introduces new stimulus measures to boost its ailing economy (China Post)

Indonesia on Tuesday unveiled more stimulus measures to woo desperately needed investment, in its latest bid to boost the sliding rupiah and breathe new life into the slowing economy.

New measures announced Tuesday included slashing the time taken to process investment permits from at least eight days to just three hours, with processing for permits in mining and geothermal projects in forested areas to be cut from up to four years to about 15 days.

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Canada: Geothermal Pioneer Receives Top National Scientific Honor

INRS professor Jasmin Raymond recognized by the Canadian Geotechnical Society (EurekAlert -press release)

Professor Jasmin Raymond
Professor Jasmin Raymond of the INRS Eau Terre Environnement Research Centre received the 2016 Colloquium Lecture honour from the Canadian Geotechnical Society (CGS) at its annual conference GeoQuébec 2015. He earned this distinction for the quality of his proposed talk on different in situ approaches used to precisely measure the thermal properties of geological materials for geotechnical applications.

Even though his career is just beginning, Professor Raymond is already well known as a scientific leader in the field of geothermal energy, a new source of renewable energy from the Earth's core, as his work on deep and shallow geothermal resources has shown. He is helping to advance knowledge of analysis and energy modelling and their geothermal applications, from building heating and cooling to electrical power production. Professor Raymond also acts as a technical expert for a Canadian Standards Association committee for the installation of Earth energy systems and for Geoscience BC's geothermal technical advisory committee. He also sits on the board of directors of the Canadian Geothermal Research Council.

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USA, Idaho: Comments Invited on Big Creek Geothermal Energy Project

Salmon-Challis National Forest; Idaho; Big Creek Geothermal Leasing Proposal (Federal Register)

Comments concerning the scope of the analysis must be received by October 26, 2015

The Salmon-Challis National Forest in east, central Idaho will prepare an environmental impact statement to analyze the potential effects of geothermal development on approximately 5,600 acres. The decision will be whether to proceed with geothermal leasing and, if so, under what stipulations.

Comments concerning the scope of the analysis must be received by October 26, 2015. The draft environmental impact statement is expected in May, 2016 and the final environmental impact statement is expected in September, 2016.

Send written comments to Big Creek Geothermal EIS Project, Salmon-Challis National Forest, 1206 South Challis Street, Salmon, ID 83467. Comments may also be sent via email to, or via facsimile to 208-756-5151.

USA, Nevada: Local Media Report at GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Geothermal Energy Expo

Geothermal Energy's Impact on Northern Nevada (KTVN)

When it comes to geothermal energy, Reno is not only recognized throughout the country but throughout the world.

"It is the center for geothermal,” says Isaac Angel, Ormat CEO.

Yvette Hamacek of Geothermal Development Associates says, "We have steamboat on the south side of town which produces enough power for all of the homes in our area."

“It's a really great spot,” says Steve Ponder Geothermal Resources Council Director.

What makes Reno unique is the proximity of geothermal manufacturing to city life. While we've seen an overall growth in renewable energy sources over the past few years, geothermal energy itself has been in Reno since the 1980's. The convention is a great way for businesses to network and for the public to gain awareness.

"Lots of people in the business probably 50% of them are still in the Reno area,” says Ponder.

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United Kingdom: Crewe Geothermal Energy Project to Commence Drilling in December

Council approves geothermal well for Crewe but warns of 24 hour noise during construction (Crewe Chronicle)

Cheshire East has approved plans for a 2km deep geothermal well in Crewe but warned nearby residents might even have to be accommodated in a hotel if the 24 hour drilling during construction makes life ‘intolerable’.

Members of the council’s strategic planning board welcomed the proposal to provide the alternative energy source on the MMU campus at Crewe Green Road but most raised concerns about the noise from drilling during the construction.

Stephen Cooke, of Geothermal Engineering, said: “This project will be the first of its kind in the country. It’s an innovative use of geothermal deep drilling techniques. It’s a single vertical well that has fairly high temperatures down at the bottom, about 60 or 70 degrees, and that’s hot enough, where we can draw that water up, and put it straight into a normal building heating system without any intermediate heating above ground.”

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Canada: Nova Scotia Town Promotes Geothermal Energy from Abandoned Mine Shafts

Springhill geothermal researchers eye opportunities (

The authority that promotes energy development in Cumberland County hosted an energy symposium this week to discuss opportunities, and challenges, with Springhill's geothermal system.

It was a chance for the public to learn more about the heating and cooling potential that's right under their feet, according Devin MacAskill, an energy expert from Cape Breton University.

Springhill's geothermal potential arose after its old mine shafts were abandoned and flooded with underground water.

Water is pumped from shallow parts of the old mine system and run through heat pumps at the surface. It returns to the mines after use. 

The resulting energy is powerful enough to heat or cool residential, commercial or industrial buildings. 

Fun: Geothermal Wins Again!

Geothermal Wins Lukas Classic at Churchill (

Horse is offspring of "Unbridled Energy"

Geothermal and jockey Robby Albarado swept to the front turning for home and gamely refused to be passed en route to a 1 1/2-length victory over favored Departing in the inaugural Lukas Classic Stakes at Churchill Downs.

The Lukas, formerly the Homecoming and renamed to honor Churchill-based Hall of Fame conditioner D. Wayne Lukas, was the first stakes win for the 6-year-old gelded son of Unbridled Energy at 12-1 odds. Owned by A. L. Luedtke, Geothermal was bred in Kentucky by his owner and Jo Ann Luedtke and is trained by Steve Margolis. We reported on a previous win back in June.

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Canada: Discussion With Geothermal Energy Experts

Solar, Wind and Geothermal, Oh My! (

Thursday, October 1, 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., High River, Alberta

Are you curious about how renewable energy can contribute to the economy, create jobs, and protect our environment? Join Alison Thompson, Paula McGarrigle and Craig Dunnand for an evening of discussion.


Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis: Geothermal Energy Projects on Both Islands Progressing

Geothermal development still current; progressing steadily, says Nevis premier (Caribbean News Now - press release)

Premier of Nevis and Minister of Finance Vance Amory says the development of the island’s geothermal resource is still very current and progressing steadily.

He said the recent memorandum of understanding between St Kitts and a French company to explore geothermal energy in St Kitts did not mean that the move would be detrimental to Nevis, as the island is two years ahead in terms of exploration.

However, Amory stated that the explorations in St Kitts would instead be a complementary development and both would be able to provide a larger resource to a larger demand marketplace.

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