Friday, February 5, 2016

Mexico: Two Day Geothermal Energy Workshop in Morelos

Geothermal Energy – Central and South American Workshop (IEA)

Opportunities and Benefits of Geothermal Direct Use” and “Innovations in Geothermal Technology”

18-19 April, Instituto de Investigaciones Eléctricas (IIE), Paseo de la Reforma #113, Palmira, 62490, Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico

Profit from the IEA – International Technology Collaboration Platform of Geothermal Energy:
  • International experts will present on geothermal direct use technologies (day 1), and application-relevant innovations and emerging geothermal technologies (day 2).
  • Enhance your knowledge and strengthen your international networks.
  • Meet international experts, high level representatives and decision makers from other nations, leading international companies and more …
Workshop languages will be English and Spanish (translation will be available).

Workshop flyer in English         Workshop flyer in Spanish

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Education: Nice Video of Surface Geothermal Manifestations

Geothermal Features - an Introduction (Video - GNS Science)

Brad Scott, Volcano Information Specialist at GNS Science shows some of the variety of geothermal features to be found in New Zealand including hot springs, mud pools and geysers.



(VIDEO - 3:26 Minutes)

USA: Renewables Generate an Energy Revolution

A Landmark Year for US Energy Evolution (BCSE)

Clean energy, natural gas consumption, and energy efficiency rise, as coal burn and CO2 emissions fall and power prices stay flat in watershed 2015, new study finds

New energy technologies in the US made further critical advances and locked in long-term gains in 2015, according to a new study from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) and the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE).  Among other achievements, energy efficiency continued to rise, renewable power generation set new records, and natural gas consumption and production surged as CO2 emissions fell to levels not seen since the 1990s, while power prices remained flat.

These and other trends are chronicled in BNEF and BCSE’s fourth annual Sustainable Energy in America Factbook, a 150-slide almanac of key facts and figures on the evolution of the US energy sector.  The Factbook includes an analysis of the year in energy and demonstrates that energy efficiency, natural gas and renewable energy combined to contribute to a dramatic shift in generation and consumption of energy in the US over the past year.

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India: 175 GW of Renewable Energy by 2022

Govt setting up $1.25 bn renewable energy fund (live mint)

(Courtesy CIA.gov)
Indian Government has previously announced an intention to develop 1,000 MWe Geothermal by 2030

The government is in the process of setting up a $1.25 billion fund, backed by state-owned and private institutions, to finance renewable energy projects.

The move will help in the scaling up of clean energy generation from 37 gigawatts (GW) at present to 175 GW by 2022, according to a senior government official.

State-owned institutions such as Power Finance Corp. Ltd and Rural Electrification Corp. Ltd have already committed a total of $300 million to the fund, Varsha Joshi, joint secretary in the ministry of new and renewable energy, told a gathering of power industry executives and bankers at the India Investment Summit organized by the finance ministry on Thursday.

At present, about 70% of India’s 284 GW power capacity is fired by fossil fuels such as coal, gas and oil. Large hydroelectric projects account for 15%, while other renewable sources account for about 13% and nuclear power about 2%.

USA, California: Economic Development of Alternative Energy Could Help Restore Salton Sea

State has ‘big awakening’ on Salton Sea concerns (The Sun)

Planners working on the preservation of the Salton Sea envision a smaller version surviving indefinitely, with some of the costs for its maintenance recovered by economic development which may include geothermal, the harvest of algae, or something else, officials said during a conference at UC Riverside.

“It’s not popular with residents in the area (of the Salton Sea), but it won’t be brought back to the way it was in the 1950s, 1960s and even the 1970s,” said Bruce Wilcox, who Gov. Jerry Brown appointed in May as secretary for Salton Sea Policy at the California Natural Resources Agency.

While the $80.5 million in the state’s budget for the Salton Sea “get’s us started” it is not enough to resolve the sea’s problems, Wilcox said.

That’s where economic development of the alternative energy potential of the sea could help as well as aggressive pursuits of grants, conference speakers said.

Science & Technology: Larderello Project Looks at Drilling in Super-Critical Geothermal Conditions

The hunt for supercritical water heats up (ec.europa.eu)

Breakthrough technologies developed by the EU-funded project DESCRAMBLE could allow Europe to exploit geothermal energy more efficiently and in more locations than is currently possible. The aim is to increase use of this renewable, clean energy source and reduce Europe's dependence on imported fossil fuels.

By the end of the project in May 2018, DESCRAMBLE’s researchers plan to test the experimental technologies at a geothermal well in the Larderello area of Italy’s Tuscany region.

The well was previously drilled to a depth of 2.2 km. DESCRAMBLE will attempt to extend it to between 3 to 3.5 km below the Earth’s surface. The team aims to show that geothermal plants can operate with water extracted at pressure and heat levels never achieved before.

Project Website............               Project information on CORDIS............

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USA, Texas: More than 2,500 MW of Geothermal Energy Possible in Big Oil Backyard

Door closes for oil, window opens for geothermal (The Business Journal)

GRC Members James Jackson, left, and Bruce Cutright with Thermal Energy Partners
(Courtesy Carlos Javier Sanchez)
In today's print edition of the San Antonio Business Journal, we used the whole Energy Inc. (subscription required) page to focus on one issue: geothermal power.

For those who may not be familiar with geothermal, it is an environmentally friendly source of power that uses super-heated water from highly pressurized reservoirs 12,000 feet underground to create steam and move a turbine. The process generates electricity with no carbon emissions and because the water can be injected back into the ground, it can run in a constant loop.

Due to high drilling costs, geothermal was always considered far too expensive to be a commercially viable source of power, but that might be changing under current energy market conditions. As many readers know, $30 per barrel oil is causing layoffs and a lot of pain in the state's petroleum industry, but one energy sector's heartache might be be another one's opportunity.

With state-of-the-art rigs idled across the state, 13-year low crude oil prices have substantially slashed drilling prices. Because drilling is the number one expense for geothermal projects, energy entrepreneurs like Thermal Energy Partners CEO Bruce Cutright - a GRC Member - are hoping that 2016 will be a "breakout year" for geothermal.

Geological maps reveal that the best places in Texas for geothermal are located along the Gulf Coast and south of San Antonio where there is the potential to generate more than 2,500 megawatts of clean power.

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Canada: Funding Being Sought to Start Construction of 5 MW Pilot Geothermal Plant

First Geothermal Power Plant In Canada Being Developed In Saskatchewan (CleanTechnica)

What will be, once completed, the first geothermal power plant in Canada, is now under construction in Saskatchewan, according to recent reports.

The planned pilot plant for the project is set to total just 5 megawatts (MW) in capacity, but the potential is there for the geothermal resource being tapped to provide hundreds of MW of generation capacity, reportedly.

Preparations for the pilot plant’s development began at the leased site in question, roughly 2 hours drive southeast of the city of Regina, late last year. The company behind the project — Deep Earth Energy Corporation — is reportedly still in the process of securing funding for development, it should be noted. The company’s CEO Kirsten Marcia recently noted that, with $4 million already spent on feasibility studies, another $5 million would have to be raised from investors “before she can receive approval for the loans that will finance construction of the plant itself.”

Thursday, February 4, 2016

USA: Tax Credit Extension for Geothermal in 2016?

Winds of Change for Alternative Energy Tax Incentives in 2016 (altenergymag.com)

While tax credits for wind and solar power received long-term extensions in the year-end omnibus legislation enacted at the end of 2015, other types of alternative energy were left out — reports have suggested unintentionally — spurring some in Congress to seek a remedy in 2016

Additionally, the Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) initiated a rulemaking process to further define and clarify the types of property qualifying for the investment tax credit (ITC) under section 48 of the Tax Code

These developments, along with ongoing congressional interest in comprehensive energy policy legislation, could make 2016 a pivotal year for stakeholders in the alternative energy industry.

New Zealand: Project to Run Pulp and Timber Mill Using Surplus Geothermal Plant Steam and Heat

Plan to boost North's economy (New Zealand Herald)

Ngawha Geothermal Plant  (Courtesy Top Energy)
A plan for funding for Ngawha geothermal power station to help turn its excess steam and heat into a resource for other industries was among the announcements at the launch of an economic plan for Northland in Kerikeri today.

The Government says the 58 actions detailed in its Tai Tokerau Northland Economic Action Plan will help transform Northland's struggling economy.

The proposal to build a pulp and timber mill at Ngawha for an estimated $600 million, using surplus steam and heat from the 25 MW geothermal power station, would have to be privately funded but the government could help find investors through NZ Trade and Enterprise.

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Norway, Greenland, Iceland, Faroe Islands, United Kingdom: Supergrid Will Help Distribute Geothermal Energy in North Atlantic

Ramboll assesses environmental impacts of Arctic supergrid (Environment Analyst)

Copenhagen-headquartered consultancy Ramboll has assisted the Arctic nations and island states to assess the potential for connecting their electricity grids. Ramboll supported representatives from Norway, Greenland, Iceland, the Faroe Islands and Shetland Isles in formulating proposals for the North Atlantic Energy Network (NAEN).

A report on the plans found “great potential” in linking the grids of hydropower-rich Norway and Greenland, geothermal energy-centric Iceland (where 95% of electricity production comes from earth derived heat) and the super windy islands located on the North Atlantic Ocean/North Sea borders to the UK and the European continent. Ramboll investigated the environmental aspects and sensitivities of developing the transmission connections.

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Kenya: Olkaria III Plant 4 Supplies Additional 29 MW Geothermal

Ormat Announces Commercial Operation of Plant 4 in Olkaria III in Kenya, Expanding Complex Capacity to Nearly 140 MW (News Release)

Harmony with Nature by Abraham Sam Samuel taken at Olkaria
Ormat Technologies, Inc. announced today that it reached commercial operation of Plant 4 in the Olkaria III complex in Kenya, increasing the complex total generating capacity by 29 MW to 139 MW.

Plant 4 will sell its electricity to Kenya Power and Lighting Company Limited (KPLC) under a 20-year PPA. In October 2015, Ormat signed an amendment to the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with KPLC that enables the increase of the capacity of Plant 4 expansions to an aggregate of 100 MW, in phases.

Ormat has implemented a multi-phased development strategy in Olkaria III. The first phase of Plant 1 commenced operation in 2000 and the second phase in 2009. Plant 2 commenced commercial operation in 2013 and plant 3 in 2014. Ormat financed the first three plants of the complex with a $310 million debt facility provided by the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. Government’s development finance institution. Plant 4 was financed by Ormat equity which is covered under insurance policy from the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) - a member of the World Bank Group, to cover its exposure to certain political risks involved in operating in developing countries.

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USA: #1 in Geothermal Power

The U.S. Is The World's Top Energy Superpower (Forbes)

(Courtesy NREL)
Many people believe that Iceland leads the world in geothermal power, or that France leads the world in nuclear power production. These beliefs are pervasive, but untrue in an absolute sense. In fact, according to last year’s BP Statistical Review of World Energy, the U.S. was ranked:
  • #1 in oil production
  • #1 in natural gas production
  • #1 in nuclear power
  • #1 in wind power
  • #1 in geothermal power
  • #1 in biofuels
Why then do multiple countries lay claim to being the world leader in specific categories of energy production? It’s a function of per capita production. For example, Iceland does produce more geothermal power per capita, because as with Denmark and wind power, it has a lot of geothermal resources for a relatively small population (1/1000th the size of the U.S.) Thus, while the U.S. has more than 5 times the installed geothermal capacity of Iceland, we receive a much smaller proportion of our electricity from geothermal power (0.3%) than does Iceland (30%).  For what it’s worth, even though Iceland gets much more press, Kenya is actually the global leader in per capita geothermal production at more than 50% of its overall power derived from geothermal.

Make no mistake. No other country produces energy on the scale and scope of the United States.

USA, New Mexico, Arizona: New Transmission Line Could Help Export Geothermal Energy

Arizona regulators approve electricity transmission project (Arizona Daily Sun)

Arizona utility regulators have authorized construction of a controversial planned $2 billion transmission line between Arizona and New Mexico.

The Arizona Corporation Commission voted 3-2 Wednesday to approve the 515-mile-long SunZia Southwest Transmission Project. The certificate is one of the last major permits the project needs.

The SunZia project aims to tap into wind resources in New Mexico as well as solar and geothermal potential in New Mexico and Arizona. The line will export electricity to markets in the West.

The Cyrq Energy Lightning Dock Geothermal resource area, named after the mountain range just east of the project site, is located in the Animas Valley of southwest New Mexico, in Hidalgo County, approximately 20 miles southwest of Lordsburg, NM, just south of the transmission line.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

USA: Geothermal Energy Added 48 MW of Capacity in 2015

Renewable energy breaks new record in the U.S (GreentechLead)

Renewable energy, which includes biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar and wind accounted for 63.85 percent of the 16,485 megawatts (MW) of new electrical generation placed in service in the U.S during 2015.

The findings are based on the recently released “Energy Infrastructure Update” report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) Office of Energy Projects.

According to the report, 69 new “units” of wind accounted for 7,977 MW of new generating capacity – or nearly half (48.39 percent) of all new capacity for the year. That is a third more than the 5,942 MW of new capacity provided by 50 units of natural gas.

Among the other renewable sources, solar placed second with 2,042 MW (238 units) followed by biomass with 305 MW (26 units), hydropower with 153 MW (21 units), and geothermal steam with 48 MW (2 units).

According to the report geothermal steam has 3.91 GW of installed capacity providing 0.33% of total capacity.

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Indonesia: Government Plans to Allow Full Foreign Ownership of Large Geothermal Power Plants

Indonesia to ease foreign ownership rules in e-commerce, retail & power, but with curbs (DEALSTREETASIA)

Indonesia will allow full foreign ownership in geothermal power plants of more than 10 MW, and 67 per cent for smaller power plants.

(Courtesy CIA.gov)
Indonesia is planning to open up some of the hottest sectors – retail, e-commerce and power – to increased foreign ownership but with a lot of caps.

Tackling a sector requiring huge capital, Indonesia will allow full foreign ownership in geothermal power plants of more than 10 MW, and 67 per cent for smaller power plants.

According to the head of Indonesia investment board (BKPM) Franky Sibarani, the government also plans to partly open foreign direct investment in electricity transmission business, an area which was previously closed.

Africa: New Deal on Energy Will Encourage Development of 15 GW of Geothermal Energy

Ambitious plans to electrify Africa launched in Davos (ICTSD Bridges News)

Ambitious plans to power Africa were inaugurated at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland by the African Development Bank Group on 21 January. The New Deal on Energy for Africa will unite the private sector and local governments on energy capacity building projects to achieve universal access to energy in Africa by 2025.

The New Deal has four major goals for electricity expansion by 2025: add 160 gigawatt of on-grid generation; create 130 million new on-grid connections (160 percent more than today); increase off-grid generation to add 75 million connections (20 times that of today); and increase access to clean cooking energy for around 130 million households.

Africa is rich in untapped renewable resources that could close the gap between energy supply and demand. The continent has well over 10 terawatts of solar potential, 350 gigawatts of hydroelectric potential, 110 gigawatts of wind potential and an additional 15 gigawatts of geothermal potential. However, the New Deal calls itself “energy resource neutral” and will encourage countries to develop infrastructure based on their competitive advantages without bias, in renewables and non-renewables alike.

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USA: Geothermal Energy Electricity Generation Expected to Grow 4% This Year

Electricity generation from renewable sources expected to grow 9% this year (EIA)

Electricity generated from utility-scale renewable plants is expected to grow by 9% in 2016, based on projections in the latest Short-Term Energy Outlook. Much of the growth comes from new installations of wind and solar plants and increases in hydroelectric generation after a relatively dry 2015. In 2016, electricity from utility-scale renewable sources is expected to account for 14% of the total electricity generated in the United States, with wind and solar contributing 5.2% and 0.8%, respectively.

The U.S. Energy Information Agency (EIA)'s Electric Power Monthly, based on data reported on EIA's Annual Electric Generator Report (EIA-860) about planned capacity additions, shows that wind and solar plants make up two-thirds of all capacity additions planned for 2016.

Changes in electricity generation from other renewable fuels in 2016 are expected to be flat (in the case of biomass) or relatively modest (4% increase in geothermal). Electricity generation from hydropower facilities is expected to increase 5% in 2016 based on expectations of high precipitation during El Niño, with water levels recovering from the relatively dry years in recent history.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Peru: GRC Member Gives Lecture on The Boiling River of the Amazon

Andrés Ruzo: How I found a mythical boiling river in the Amazon (Ted Talk)

A past recipient of a GRC Scholarship, awarded a PhD in geophysics from SMU focusing on geothermal studies and a National Geographic Young Explorer, GRC Member Andrés Ruzo gives a Ted Talk on a unique geothermal feature in Peru, more than 400 miles from the nearest active volcano - the Boiling River of the Amazon.

When Andrés Ruzo was a young boy in Peru, his grandfather told him a story with an odd detail: There is a river, deep in the Amazon, which boils as if a fire burns below it. Twelve years later, after training as a geoscientist, he set out on a journey deep into the jungle of South America in search of this boiling river. At a time when everything seems mapped and measured, join Ruzo as he explores a river that forces us to question the line between known and unknown ... and reminds us that there are great wonders yet to be discovered.



Buy the Book!The Boiling River: Adventures and Discovery in the Amazon
by Andrés Ruzo

In this exciting adventure mixed with amazing scientific discovery, a young, exuberant explorer and geoscientist, journeys deep into the Amazon—where rivers boil and legends come to life.

Publication date: February 16th, 2016

USA: Free Trip to GRC Annual Meeting for Winning Geothermal Energy Infographics - Enter Now!

Geothermal Design Challenge 2016 (EERE/GTO)


The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Geothermal Technologies Office, in partnership with the Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES) and Idaho National Lab (INL) is recruiting students in graphic design, communications, science and/or engineering to bolster their portfolio, resume or college applications by entering the 2016 Geothermal Design Challenge.

We are looking for smart and creative student teams to design an infographic that will illustrate how geothermal energy is clean, safe, reliable and sustainable. Winners will share a prize purse of $7500 and present their infographic at the 40th GRC Annual Meeting in Sacramento, California.  Register today to form teams and submit a draft infographic by March 1, 2016. Design the future of clean energy and register today!

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Global: For All Your Geothermal Energy Research Needs

Welcome to the GRC Geothermal Library!

www.geothermal-library.org

The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) is a professional educational association for the international geothermal community. Our database contains over 40,000 records on all aspects of geothermal energy, including exploration, reservoir engineering, power plant design and operation, direct use, geothermal heat pumps, regulatory issues, energy policy, energy markets, news briefs, and more. We provide article-level citations to: all GRC Transactions (1977 to present), all GRC Special Reports, numerous feature articles and news briefs from the GRC Bulletin (1973 to present), corporate and academic technical reports, journals, and books

All GRC PDFs from 2014 and earlier, plus several thousand additional non-GRC PDFs, are available for free download by everyone without signing in.

The 2015 GRC Transactions are now available for free download by members only: click here for a list of the articles. To download the 2015 Transactions or email citation lists, please sign in as a member. Non-members can join the GRC or order individual articles.

Geothermal Library.......

St Vincent and the Grenadines: Zane Edwards is a Geothermal Genius!

2015 National Science & Technology Fair - Geothermal Power Plant (SVGedumedia)

At the St. Vincent Electricity Services Limited (VINLEC)/MOE 2015 National Science & Technology Fair, Zane Edwards (5th Grade) at St. Mary's Roman Catholic School in Kingstown, St Vincent won the prize for the Most Outstanding Science Fair Project with his Geothermal Power Plant.



Congratulations to Zane on his excellent model. By the time he reaches high school his island could be 100% powered by renewable energy, particularly geothermal. Zane has a bright future in the industry!

Turkey: Country is Producing 635 MW Geothermal Energy in Updated Statistics

Country Update: Installed Geothermal Energy Capacity of Turkey - Feb. 2016 (LinkedIn Post)

Eren Günüç, Geothermal Investment Consultant & Business Developer

You can see a range of numbers for installed capacity for geothermal energy in Turkey on the Internet and in social media. Much data is not updated and some are far away from the truth.

I want to fix this misinformation with this post.


Geothermal Electricity Production Licenses:
  • Installed Capacity : 826.878 MWe
  • In Operation Capacity: 635.148 MWe
  • Under Construction Capacity 191.73 MWe

USA, Nevada: Learn About Geology and Geothermal Energy in the Great Basin

‘Great Basin Geology’ lecture set for Feb. 8 in Reno (Reno Gazette Journal)

Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation is hosting “TMPF Talks: Great Basin Geology” on Feb. 8, 6-8 p.m., at the California Building in Reno’s Idlewild Park, 75 Cowan Drive, as part of its quarterly lecture series.

The free and open to the public event will include guest speakers discussing earthquake hazards, fault lines, ancient volcanoes, and geothermal energy of the Great Basin/Truckee Meadows region. TMPF members will receive discounted beer, wine, and light food provisions.

Speakers include:
  • Dr. Jim Faulds, Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology - GRC Member
  • Dr. Christopher Henry, research geologist, UNR
  • Dr. Annie Kell, education and outreach seismologist, UNR
For information, contact Jackie Meyer 775-276-5816 or email jackie@tmparksfoundation.org

St Vincent and the Grenadines: Abu Dhabi Fund for Development Gives Loan to 15 MW Geothermal Power Project

Abu Dhabi’s Dh55m loan to St Vincent for geothermal power (The National)

Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) will loan St Vincent and the Grenadines Dh55 million to set up a geothermal power station in the volcanic island country.

Working with the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the project is being funded as part of the Dh1.285 billion project facility, set up in 2012 to provide finance for renewable energy projects in developing Irena member countries.

The geothermal power plant is planned to generate 15 megawatts an hour. When finished, the plant will cut the cost of electricity generation by 25 per cent and make the grid more resilient to power cuts.

Monday, February 1, 2016

USA: Geothermal Energy Potential - State-by-State Guides Now Available

State-by-State Guides Show Geothermal Uses for Meeting New EPA Standards (News Release)

Groups Collaborate to Support Geothermal Use in Clean Power Plan

The Geothermal Energy Association (GEA), Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) and Geo-Exchange Organization (GEO) announce the release of guidance for states on meeting new clean energy standards from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The free state-by-state guides walk through the benefits and uses of three major types of geothermal applications: power generation, direct use and heat pumps, and initially cover Oregon, Montana, Nevada, Idaho, and Colorado.

State-by-State Guides on the GRC Website......


Geothermal Energy Potential - Nevada from Geothermal Energy Association (GEA), Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) and Geo-Exchange Organization (GEO).

Global: World Bank Agency Reports on Removing Bottlenecks To Geothermal Energy Development

ASTAE/ESMAP 2015 Annual Report (ESMAP)

The World Bank administered Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) Annual Report 2015 takes a comprehensive look at ESMAP's programs, activities, and results for Fiscal Year 2015. The first chapter highlights our work for the year, followed by chapters each giving an overview of FY2015 activities and results in ESMAP’s main program areas: clean energy, energy access, energy efficient cities, and energy assessments and strategies.

The report also includes sections on special initiatives such as the SIDS DOCK Support Program for small island developing states; the Africa Renewable Energy and Access Program (AFREA); Gender and Social Inclusion in the Energy Sector; and Results-Based Approaches to energy sector development.

Of particular interest is the section on Removing Bottlenecks To Geothermal Energy Development on pages 16 and 17.

Read More.........                      ASTAE/ESMAP 2015 Annual Report......... (PDF)

Canada: GRC Members to Speak at Two-Day Geothermal Direct Use Workshop

Warming up on geothermal (The Rocky Mountain Goat)

12-13 February, 2016, Valemount, British Columbia, Canada

It might be cold outside, but a workshop planned for early February in Valemount aims to attract some ideas and businesses that can use some heat.

The Valemount Community Forest (VCF) and the Village of Valemount are partnering to host a workshop on Friday afternoon, Feb. 12th and Saturday Feb. 13th at the Best Western. The workshop is aimed at exploring the potential for developing direct-use applications of geothermal heat, and seeing if Valemount could be a viable option for some of these businesses.

“There are lots of possibly industries that may be interested in setting up next to a geothermal heat source,” says Craig Pryor, manager of VCF. Industries such as greenhouses, fish farms, mushroom growing, and dry kilns for lumber are just a few potential examples of businesses that could benefit from plentiful and inexpensive heat, says Pryor, if we can tap into a proven resource beneath our feet.

Keynote Speakers (All GRC Members):
  • Bernie Karl, Chena Hot Springs Resort Chena, Alaska 
  • Tonya “Toni” Boyd, Geo-Heat Center, Klamath Falls, Oregon 
  • Alison Thompson, MBA, M. Eng, P. Eng, Chair, Canadian Geothermal Energy Association Calgary, Alberta 
  • Craig Dunn, P. Geo Chief Geologist, Borealis Geopower Calgary, Alberta
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Indonesia: 400 MW of Geothermal Energy Potential Identified on Sumatra

Jambi has 400 MW geothermal energy potential: Authority (ANTARA)

The Mineral Resource and Energy Office of Jambi Province stated sub-districts of Kerinci and Merangin in Jambi Province have 400 MW of potential sources of geothermal energy.

The Head of the Geology Department Karel Ibnu Suratno explained that the geothermal energy sources are located at the Lempur Block of Kerinci with 70 MW potential and in the Kerinci Seblat National Park with 130 MW potential.

"There has been an exploration study conducted in the Kerinci Lempur Block. The geothermal energy source will be developed to produce electric energy by PT Pertamina Geothermal Energi (PGE)," Suratno said.

Meanwhile the Jangkat Block in Merangin District has a 200 MW potential source of geothermal energy.

PT Energy Development Corporation (EDC) has been granted a permit to conduct a study in the Jangkat Block.

USA, California: Successful Meeting Promotes Firm and Flexible Geothermal Energy

Staff workshop on Identifying Research Priorities on Flexibility and Other Operational Needs for Existing Geothermal Power Plants

Last week the California Energy Commission (CEC) hosted a staff workshop on Identifying Research Priorities on Flexibility and Other Operational Needs for Existing Geothermal Power Plants.

A panel made up of Steve Ponder, Geothermal Resources Council; Julio Garcia, Calpine Corporation; Josh Nordquist, Ormat Technologies; Randy Keller, CalEnergy Operations; John Muir, GreenFire Energy, and Andy Van Horn, GreenFire Energy, discussed how to move geothermal energy forward in the Golden State

To start off the meeting, Julio Garcia, Calpine Corporation, gave a presentation on Operational Flexibility of Geothermal Power. Julio demonstrated how Calpine has been able to ramp up or down electricity supply to the CAISO grid.


The CEC staff will now gather comments/feedback and develop the grant solicitation. The Geothermal topic will be included under a larger solicitation that covers two other technical topic areas (wind and small hydro). A 2 phase solicitation will be prepared for target release in or around Spring 2016.

Comments can also be submitted via email to: chuck.gentry@energy.ca.gov using the email subject heading: “COMMENTS: Geothermal Workshop”.  The deadline for comments is Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 5 pm PST.

USA, Texas: Abstract Deadline is This Week

Geothermal Energy in Oil and Gas Fields - Conference & Workshop (SMU)

April 25-26, 2016 SMU Campus, Dallas, Texas, USA


The Southern Methodist University (SMU) Geothermal Lab invites you to submit an abstract for our upcoming workshop and conference, Power Plays: Geothermal Energy in Oil and Gas Fields, April 25-26, 2016 on the SMU Campus in Dallas, Texas. The event includes:
  • Half-day Workshop, April 25, 2016
  • Evening Networking Reception and Poster Session, April 25, 2016
  • Conference with oral presentations and panel discussions, April 26, 2016
The conference goal is to advance understanding of energy production, helping companies successfully produce clean energy while extending the life of an oil and gas field.

Topics include:
  • Desalination
  • Well Conversion
  • Induced Seismicity
  • Heat Extraction Technology
  • Thermal Conductivity Analysis
  • Enhanced Deep Earth Permeability 
  • Low-temperature Mineral Recovery
  • Onshore and Offshore Thermal Maturation
  • Power Generation from Flare Gas and Well Water
  • Sustainability of Heat Extraction from Decommissioned Petroleum Wells
We invite you to submit an abstract for the poster session or a 15 minute oral presentation. We are also accepting suggestions and abstracts for panel discussions. Submit your 1-2 page abstract to geothermal@smu.edu by February 5, 2016. 

Friday, January 29, 2016

Europe: EGEC Reviews 2015 and Looks Forward to 2016


The European Geothermal Energy Council (EGEC) has put together an online presentation looking back at twelve months of milestones for Geothermal in Europe and a forecast for 2016.


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Europe: Geothermal News from EGEC

The EGEC Newsletter January 2016 - The Voice of Geothermal in Europe

The December issue of the EGEC Newsletter is now available. Click here to download it.

In this issue:

Editorial
  • The European Commission to unveil its Security and Supply Package
  • The revision of the Energy and Climate Framework
Policy Updates
  • Revision of the Energy Efficiency Directive, EGEC responds to European Commission’s consultation
  • RES Directive revision: The last few days to shape the most important piece of EU legislation for Geothermal
News
  • ENEL Green Power enters German market
  • Turboden expands into the Asian Geothermal Market
  • New Heat Project Developing in Issy-les-Moulineaux, Paris, France
  • New Video explaining the geothermal drilling process
  • Geothermal Heating System for Paris Le Bourget airport
  • PLUTO initiative: 125 million USD to support 60MW new geothermal capacity in Turkey
  • Zorlu Enerji secures feed in tariff of 0.11 2 USd/KWh for Kızıldere II and Alaşehir I plants
  • Second production well complete at Kocaköy, Turkey
  • EIB announces support for Theistareykir geothermal plant
  • Iceland deep drilling project partners awarded funding under Horizon 2020 for ‘DEEPEGS’
  • Call for abstracts: 6th African Rift Geothermal Conference
  • 2 Surface studies and 5 drilling programmes accepted for Geothermal Risk Mitigation Fund, next application period to open in May
  • European Geothermal Market Report to be released in February

USA, Nebraska: Greenhouse in the Snow Uses Geothermal Heat to Grow Oranges and Lemons

Step Inside a Citrus Grove in a Geothermal Nebraska Greenhouse (Civil Eats)

Can the Midwest grow lemons and oranges? Yes—if you tap into the earth's energy like one Nebraska grower.


High on the Nebraska plains, there’s a citrus grove with trees holding up a canopy of lemons, grapefruit-sized oranges, green figs, and bunches of grapes.

Yes, it’s indoors. And it’s only possible because it taps into the core of the earth’s own energy, geothermal heating in the winter and cooling in the summer.

Russ Finch, a former mail carrier and farmer, designed the greenhouse, which he calls the Greenhouse in the Snow. The original, which he built more than 20 years ago, is connected to his home.

You don’t often see orange trees in Nebraska, but Finch says growing citrus was a way of showing that his geothermal greenhouse could work.

“All we try to do is keep it above 28 degrees in the winter,” Finch said. “We have no backup system for heat. The only heat source is the earth’s heat at 52 degrees at 8-foot deep.”

USA, Nevada: More Funds to Research Methods for Lithium Extraction from Geothermal Brines

DOE Releases Remaining Funding for Esmeralda Minerals’ Lithium Brine Project (News Release)

Clayton Valley, Nevada (Courtesy Pure Energy Minerals)
Esmeralda Minerals LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Pure Energy Minerals Limited based in Vancouver, Canada has announced that, based on the progress to date, the Department of Energy (DOE) has released the remaining funding for its collaboration with SRI International, a research and innovation center, to develop novel cost-effective methods for lithium extraction from geothermal brines. Nitto Innovations Inc. (NII), a US subsidiary of the Japanese diversified materials manufacturer Nitto Denko Corporation, has also joined the project.

Jointly funded by the DOE and the partners, SRI has teamed with Esmeralda Minerals LLC and NII to develop, validate and commercialize a new generation of highly selective ion exchange resins to separate metals, including lithium, from geothermal fluids more efficiently and at lower cost than current processes. The research is being conducted using lithium-enriched brines collected from the Company’s lithium brine project in Clayton Valley, Nevada and release of these funds allows expanded testing using Esmeralda’s resources.

Kenya: Geothermal Development Company Looking for New CEO

GDC seeks to put house in order, recruiting new head (The Star)

Geothermal Development Company (GDC) is seeking to fill the position of chief executive, left vacant following the ouster of founding boss Silas Simiyu who is fighting corruption charges.

The parastatal, charged with exploration, drilling and development of geothermal resources, yesterday invited applications from qualified candidates, in a process which will close on February 12.

The successful candidate will serve for a period of three years, renewable for another term.

The board, chaired by Gershom Bw’omanwa, appointed business development manager Paul Ngugi acting managing director on November 4.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

USA, California: Registration Now Open for Important Imperial Valley Renewable Conference

9th Annual Renewable Energy & Water Summit (IVEDC)

March 9-11, Imperial Palms Hotel & Resort, Holtville, Imperial County, California

Imperial Valley is home to more than 2,000 megawatts of geothermal, solar and wind energy developments that have propelled the region into the spotlight as a renewable energy leader. Studies show Imperial Valley has the potential to produce up to 25,000 megawatts of renewable energy. As California pushes for an increased Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) of 20% by 2020 to 50% by 2030, Imperial Valley continues to be positioned to be a major contributor in helping the state achieve its RPS goals.

The Imperial Valley Renewable Energy Summit offers an exciting, comprehensive program of engaging and informative speakers to discuss the issues that are most relevant to the renewable energy industry. In addition, the Summit includes: a business exposition, ample networking opportunities and a banquet.

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Africa: Strategy to Add 30,000 MW Across Sub-Saharan Africa by 2030.

Power Africa Roadmap (USAID)

Today at the Powering Africa Summit, Power Africa partners launched a roadmap to meet President Obama’s goals of adding 30,000 megawatts and 60 million connections across sub-Saharan Africa by 2030.

Building on the nearly $43 billion in commitments that the U.S. government has leveraged from over 120 public and private sector partners, the Power Africa Roadmap outlines how it will use those resources to add 30,000 MW by maximizing value from existing transactions, advancing new opportunities for deal flow, and increasing the efficiency of existing generation. It also highlights how Power Africa will add 60 million connections by scaling up grid roll-out programs and intensifying its Beyond the Grid efforts.

Of particular interest is an article on "Power Africa’s Multi-Donor Geothermal Strategy Coordinates Geothermal Support" on pages 42-43.


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Canada: Is Geothermal a Practical Renewable Energy Option? - Talk in Alberta Today

SACPA to discuss geothermal energy (Lethbridge Herald)


There is a great potential for geothermal energy in Western Canada.

Despite that knowledge, Canada still does not have any commercial geothermal power plants. Why?

Jim Byrne, a professor and past chair of geography at the University of Lethbridge, will delve into the subject today, during the regular weekly Southern Alberta Council on Public Affairs (SACPA) session, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Country Kitchen Catering.

His presentation is titled “Is Geothermal a Practical Renewable Energy Option?”

Leading-edge researchers have forecast wind, solar and water power will become our primary energy sources. Byrne, whose expertise is global environmental change and water resources, will offer his insight on the possible role(s) for geothermal energy in our energy future.

Kenya: Kengen Gets Loan for Construction of Olkaria 5 Geothermal Facility

KenGen of Kenya Secures JICA Loan for Geothermal-Power Plant (Bloomberg)

Kenya Electricity Generating Co. (KenGen), the country’s biggest power producer, said it will receive a $387.2 million loan from the Japan International Cooperation Agency to fund the construction of a geothermal power plant.

The loan agreement will be signed next month, when the company plans to tender for construction of the Olkaria 5 facility, about 70 kilometers (44 miles) northwest of the capital, Nairobi, Chief Executive Officer Albert Mugo said in an e-mailed response to questions Thursday. Construction is expected to begin in the third quarter and power from the plant will be added to the national grid by 2018, it said.

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Montserrat: Drilling for Third Geothermal Well to Begin in March

'Ash to cash': Montserrat gambles future on the volcano that nearly destroyed it (The Guardian)

Twenty years on, the island invests in sand mining and geothermal energy to reconcile with the Soufrière Hills eruptions that once buried it in mortal dust

Montserrat Drilling Site on the Flank of the Soufriere Volcano, Bastien Poux, EGS, Inc.

It’s still a grim sight, but 20 years after the first eruption, Montserratians are beginning to reconsider Soufrière Hills. The nation’s government, elected at the end of 2014, is now betting the country’s future, in part, on the very volcano that almost destroyed it. The eruption is the past, they argue; geothermal energy, sand mining and tourism are the future.

Development of geothermal energy has moved more slowly; local residents recall officials discussing the idea decades ago. Two wells have been drilled since 2013 at a cost of £8.5m, paid for by the UK Department for International Development. The agency is planning to drill a third this year, and local officials expect that project to begin in March.

“The energy is vast,” said David Thomson, managing director of Montserrat’s utilities. “It’s there.”

Montserrat’s government and the Department for International Development are aiming to take Montserrat’s grid to 100% renewable energy by 2020.

Philippines: Basic Energy to Concentrate on Geothermal Development

Basic gives up hydro to focus on geothermal (BusinessWorld Online Edition)

Basic Energy Corp. has decided to give up four hydropower service contracts covering four separate projects, the company said in a disclosure to the stock exchange.

The company said the move was in line with a streamlining of its renewable energy projects to focus on geothermal service contracts and other projects in the pipeline.

“Likewise, the board of director approved management’s proposed budget to bring the Mabini Geothermal project to drilling in May this year. The approved budget includes land rights, civil works, and drilling and well testing costs,” the company said.

The four projects are all in Negros Occidental, on the rivers of Puntian, Malogo and Talabaan.

Basic Energy has five geothermal development contracts. One was awarded in 2007 in Mabini, Batangas, while the rest were awarded in 2013. The four projects are in Bataan, Mountain Province and Ifugao, Camarines Sur and Albay, and Sorsogon.

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USA, California: Workshop to Address Current Barriers Facing Geothermal Power Plant Operation is Today

Workshop: Identifying Research Priorities on Flexibility and Other Operational Needs for Existing Geothermal Power Plants: A Pre-Solicitation Workshop (California Energy Commission)

Thursday, January 28, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. California Energy Commission, 1516 Ninth Street, 1st Floor, Charles Imbrecht Hearing Room, Sacramento, California

California Energy Commission staff will conduct a workshop to gather input from geothermal power stakeholders in order to identify research priorities that will address current barriers facing geothermal power plant operation. The focus will be on flexibility, cost drivers, and other issues. This workshop will help staff refine an upcoming solicitation to help address flexibility and other research and development (R&D) needs for existing geothermal facilities.

The workshop will include a panel discussion followed by comments and questions from the public. A panel of experts from a variety of backgrounds including industry, academia, utilities, and state and local agencies will participate in a moderated discussion aimed at identifying the most pressing research needs. Steve Ponder, Executive Director of the GRC will be one of the panelists. The discussion will allow stakeholders to voice their opinions and suggest research recommendations. Workshop Agenda......

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USA, Washington D.C.: Discounted Registration GEA Geothermal Energy Showcase Ends Sunday

GEA 2016 US & International Geothermal Showcase


On March 17, 2016 at the Ronald Reagan and International Trade Center in Washington, DC representatives from the U.K., Burundi, Indonesia, Italy, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Mexico, Qatar, Nairobi, Japan, Philippines, Fiji, Indonesia, Costa Rica, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu, and more have registered to join top geothermal energy industry experts, engineers, governmental officials, financiers, and ministry representatives to network, collaborate and discuss:
  • US and international policies supporting geothermal
  • Regional market developments: E. Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, Indonesia, Philippines, Japan, U.S., Mexico and Europe
  • Keys to financing geothermal projects
  • Geothermal power in  COP2- the role of geothermal in addressing global warming
  • New technology developments and future prospects
GRC Members rate: $325 before Jan 31, $395 after

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

New Zealand: Geothermal Ties With Indonesia Strengthened

Links strengthened with Indonesia (University of Auckland)

(Courtesy CIA.gov)
Links between Indonesia and New Zealand have been strengthened with a new agreement between their leading universities.

The University of Auckland has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Indonesia that formalizes a long-standing relationship between the two universities.

New Zealand has shared geothermal expertise with Indonesia since New Zealand and Indonesian engineers developed Indonesia’s first geothermal energy in the 1970s.
(Courtesy CIA.gov)

More than 160 Indonesian engineers have trained at the University of Auckland’s Geothermal Institute that with UniServices has more than $1 million per year of geothermal exploration and related contracts in Indonesia.

The University also works closely with the Indonesian Ministries of Finance and Higher Education that offer scholarships to enable students to study in New Zealand and then return to Indonesia where they can share their knowledge and contribute back to their local communities.

Tonga: Pacific Island Nation and Papua New Guinea to Promote Geothermal Development

Tonga PM: Geothermal potential in PNG huge (Loop Pacific)

Tonga’s Prime Minister Akilisi Pohiva has noted in his recent brief that Papua New Guinea (PNG) plans to build or upgrade 800 MW of hydro-electricity and more than 500 MW of geothermal generating capacity within the next 10-15 years to provide a reliable and affordable electricity supply.

He said his Government has suggested that both Papua New Guinea and Tonga can establish an understanding in working towards building and encouraging the use of geothermal source of energy in the Pacific.

“In the Pacific region Papua New Guinea and Australia are seeing their geothermal industries expand rapidly while recently Tonga and the World Bank is developing a 10-year roadmap to shift its energy supply to renewable, with geothermal one of the likely options,” he said.

Pohiva said the roadmap is under the implementation phase and World Bank has approved a project that will provide the country with resources supporting the increased absorption of sustainable energy.

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Global: Outlook for the Geothermal Industry in 2016 is “positive” - GRC President

2016 Outlook: Future of Geothermal Industry Becoming Clearer (Renewable Energy World)

With an installed global power capacity of 12.6 GW and growing, the year ahead for geothermal power production expansion has a positive outlook.

The outlook for the geothermal industry in 2016 is “positive,” Geothermal Resources Council President Paul Brophy said at the start of the year.

“While there has been some apprehension about the future of the industry as an industry, where it’s going and what the development rate is like is slowly becoming clearer,” he said.

Installed capacity in 2015 worldwide. Credit: Geothermal Power Generation in the World 2010-2014 Update Report, Ruggero Bertani
The current expectation of global geothermal energy through the end of the decade is that annual capacity installations will bring the existing approximately 12.6 GW to nearly 21.5 GW, with smaller increases in 2016-2017 giving way to larger annual increases from 2018-2020, according to data presented in April by Ruggero Bertani, geothermal business development manager for Enel, during the 2015 World Geothermal Congress.

USA, Utah: Salt Lake City Mayor Wants 50% Renewable Energy by 2020

Biskupski sets stage with State of City Address (KUTV 2News)

Jackie Biskupski, Mayor of Salt Lake City
(Courtesy KUTV 2News)
Jackie Biskupski has been in office for a few weeks, but showed at her first State of the City Address that she was ready for the challenge of improving Salt Lake City.

The mayor also outlined a clear vision for the future of energy in Utah by having renewable energy in different forms. "We have set a goal in line with the values of city residents to have at least 50 percent of our renewable energy needs met by renewables such as solar, wind and geothermal sources by 2020. We are all in this together and we will work with our energy provider to find ways to achieve these goals."

The GRC has held its Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City in the past and are considering the capital of Utah for a future event.

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Saint Vincent and the Grenadines: Barbados Could Import Geothermal Energy from St Vincent

St Vincent energy for Barbados? (Barbados Today)

Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves expects that in three years time St Vincent and the Grenadines will be almost self-sufficient in electricity generated from its geothermal and hydro plants.

And it wants to sell some of that clean energy to Barbados.

Delivering the Faculty of Social Sciences’ 40th anniversary lecture at the Cave Hill Campus last night, the Vincentian leader said that with the help of the Canadian company Emera, which owns the Barbados Light & Power Company, his country hoped to be in a position to feed the energy here through undersea pipes.

“We have, depending on which experts you believe, between 150 and 300 megawatts of geothermal power underground,” said Gonsalves, whose Government has entered a partnership with Reykjavik Geothermal Ltd and Emera.

“They have a US$82 million project where we are going to build a 12 MW geothermal plant, so that by the end of 2018 . . . 80 per cent of our electricity is going to be generated by geothermal and hydro.”

Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis: Geothermal Energy Could Supply Neighboring Islands

Nevis envisages selling power to Antigua & Barbuda (Antigua Observer)

As the neighbouring island of Nevis gets closer to going green through the use of geothermal energy, the authorities on the island said there will be enough energy to export to Antigua & Barbuda and other territories.

Legislators on Nevis have set a December 2017 deadline in which to do so and Premier and Minister of Tourism Mark Brantley said there will also be export potential.

“We have already done the interconnectivity studies; Antigua is a possibility because they have no prospects for geothermal energy,” Brantley told OBSERVER media in a recent interview.

“Anguilla has no prospects there, but we also have neighbouring islands like St Barts, Saba, St Eustatius who have potential, so Nevis can potentially, I think, in a year, become a net exporter of energy.

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