Friday, February 12, 2016

40th GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Geothermal Energy Expo: Call for Papers

2016 GRC Annual Meeting Call For Papers

Deadline: May 6, 2016

Geothermal Energy, Here and Now: Sustainable, Clean, Flexible

The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) invites you to present your latest technical work in geothermal research, exploration, development and utilization at GRC’s 40th Annual Meeting October 23-26, 2016 at the Sacramento Convention Center, Sacramento, California.

Successful selection to present at the Geothermal Resources Council 2016 Annual Meeting is prestigious and recognizes the presenter as a top industry expert. International participation is the key to the success of the GRC Annual Meeting technical programs and we encourage geothermal researchers and experts from around the world to submit their work for consideration to be presented at the GRC 2016 Annual Meeting.

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The Netherlands: Geothermal Heat Helping to Grow Dutch Tomatoes

Geothermal energy heats Prominent's greenhouses (horti daily)

The Dutch growers at Prominent' nurseries Noordermeer and Voort Brielle have recently started using geothermal heat for their greenhouses. Both growers are located in Vierpolders, a Dutch town in the Province of South Holland, and, together with other growers in the area, form the ‘Collectief Aardwarmte Vierpolders’, a local collective for using geothermal heat. These entrepreneurs have been working together for years in their goal for a more sustainable cultivation process. Geothermal heat was a logical next step.

Climate change and the slow but steady depletion of fossil fuels mean that we are increasingly searching for alternative, more sustainable energy sources. As a solution, geothermal heat has very little environmental impact and is still relatively new to the Netherlands. Locations with a high demand for heat, such as Vierpolders with its greenhouse horticulture, make this solution especially attractive.

The first phase of the project, preparing the drill site for construction, commenced in March 2015. Now, the drilling has been completed, the pipes laid, and water is being pumped from its geothermal source in Vierpolders. This is how these greenhouses are being heated to create a sustainable environment for producing flavorful vine tomatoes.

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USA, Texas: How Geothermal and Other Renewable Energies Can Help States Comply with Clean Power Plan

3rd EPA Clean Power Plan Implementation Summit

March 15-17, 2016, Sheraton North Houston at George Bush Intercontinental, Houston, TX, USA

Key decision makers gather to discuss compliance plans
  • Hear strategies states are using to comply with the Clean Power Plan
  • Learn the role solar, wind, geothermal, hydro, nuclear, natural gas, and storage play in meeting 111(d) requirements
Discover the impacts on reliability and resource adequacy due to the Clean Power Plan. The geothermal industry have an important opportunity to provide a solution.

The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC), Geothermal Energy Association (GEA), and Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) have released guidance for U.S. 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
  • Heat pumps
They initially cover Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada and Oregon. Other guides are planned for release in the near future.

Using Geothermal Energy to Comply with EPA’s Clean Power Plan (PDF).......
A guide to understanding the potential of geothermal technology to reduce state electricity and energy sector emissions. Read this with the corresponding state guide to get an overview of the benefits and uses of three major types of geothermal applications.

Indonesia: State Owned Companies Cooperate to Promote Geothermal Energy Development

Pertamina, PLN Sign Agreement on Geothermal Development (

PLTP Kamojang (Courtesy Pertamina Geothermal Energy) 
State-owned oil and gas company Pertamina and the state electricity company PT PLN (Persero) has signed an electricity and geothermal trade agreement in an effort to promote geothermal power plant investment.

The new agreement and amendment to a previous agreement covers two geothermal power plants (PLTP) operated by Pertamina Geothermal Energy, a subsidiary of Pertamina, namely the PLTP Lahedong and PLTP Kamojang.

"The signing of the geothermal and electricity trade agreement between Pertamina and PLN shows the international community about the government's determination, especially PLN as the off taker in geothermal development," Abadi said in a press conference on Friday, February 12, 2016.

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USA, California: The Golden State is Leading the Race to a Clean-Energy Future

California’s push for clean energy is paying off (Sacramento Bee)

David Hochschild
by David Hochschild, California Energy Commission and Matthew Freedman of TURN, an independent ratepayer advocacy group

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court made the unfortunate decision to temporarily block President Barack Obama’s clean-energy plan. Many of the arguments made against it have also been made against California’s clean-energy policies.

The state’s new landmark clean-energy law took effect this month, ensuring that at least 50 percent of the electricity powering our state comes from renewable sources such as solar, wind and geothermal by 2030. This policy strengthens California’s position as a global leader on clean energy and flips the script to make renewable energy “mainstream” and fossil fuels the “alternative.”

The 40th GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Geothermal Energy Expo will be held October 23-26 in Sacramento, California, USA.

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USA, California: Calpine Takes a $36 Million Hit from Geysers Fire

Calpine counts net loss after mild weather and weak power prices (FuelFix)

The company took a $36 million hit in the quarter from having part of its geothermal power complex, The Geysers, offline from the California Valley fire.

A cooling tower in the Geysers field on Cobb Mountain was damaged by the Valley fire,
Friday Sept. 18, 2015. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2015
Calpine Corp. recorded a $44 million net loss for the fourth quarter on Friday after a period of mild weather, low power prices, and even a spate of California wildfires cut into its profits.

Houston-based Calpine, which is the nation’s largest owner natural gas-fired power plants, saw its net earnings dip from a $214 million profit in the year prior. Calvin’s quarterly revenues shrunk from $1.94 billion down to $1.44 billion for a 26 percent decrease.

Calpine attributed much of its net income loss in the quarter on lowered gains from hedges in the power market. The company also took a $36 million hit in the quarter from having part of its geothermal power complex, The Geysers, offline from the California Valley fire.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Indonesia: Agreement on Price of Geothermal Steam and Power

Eight contracts signed for geothermal power and steam prices (ANTARA)

Eight sales and purchase contracts for geothermal power and steam were signed on Thursday in the presence of Vice President Jusuf Kalla and Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Sudirman Said.

The agreement on amendment to the contracts included for the sales and purchase prices of geothermal steam of PLTP Kamojang in West Java from its units 1, 2, and 3.

Amendment to the contracts on the price of geothermal power include geothermal power from PLKTP Kamojang Unit 4 which has a capacity of 60 MW and from unit 5 which has a capacity of 35 MW.

Amendments were also made to contracts for sales and purchase price of geothermal steam from PLTP Lahendong Units 1, 2, 3, and 4 in North Sulawesi each with a capacity of 20 MW, geothermal power from PLTP Muara Laboh with a capacity of 220 MW in West Java, and from PLTP Wayang Windu Unit 1 with a capacity of 110 MW and unit 2 with a capacity of 117 MW in West Java.

Meanwhile, PT Pertamina (PGE) and the Agency for Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT) signed an agreement on study and application of technology on geothermal energy.

PGE President Director Irfan Zainuddin said the amended prices of 6 U.S. cents per kWh of geothermal steam and 9.4 U.S. cent per kWh of geothermal power are fairly good.

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United Kingdom: 3-4 MW Eden Deep Geothermal Energy Project Could Get a Boost

New hope for Eden's £39m geothermal energy project (Cornish Guardian)

The news that funding is to be made available for the development of geothermal energy in Cornwall has been hailed as a major breakthrough by St Austell's Eden Project and EGS Energy Ltd.

The tourist attraction and its geothermal expert partner have been trying to get the multi-million pound project to create UK's first geothermal plant off the ground for more than six years.

The scheme, estimated at a total cost of £39 million, stalled due to lack of funding, but the Department for Communities and Local Government has now released a call for proposals for £10.6m of funding from the European Regional Development Fund.

A design approved by Cornwall Council planners in 2010 envisaged boring holes three miles into underlying granite at Eden's site, a former China Clay quarry at Bodelva.

Water would then be pumped through the boreholes, using the underground heat to raise the water temperature and produce steam to be used to power a turbine that could generate 3-4 MW, enough electricity to meet all the Eden Project's needs.

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Science & Technology: Exergy Shows How it Builds the ORC Turbine

Behind the scene of the Radial Outflow Turbine (Exergy)

Video of Exergy's Radial Outflow Turbine being assembled in its workshop.

Exergy S.p.A. will be exhibiting at the 40th GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Geothermal Energy Expo, October 23-26, Sacramento, CA

Science & Technology: Companies Claim Electricity from 70-120°C Geothermal Energy

Groundbreaking technology enables 100% clean electricity from geothermal heat in the Netherlands (

Swedish company Climeon and Dutch company IF Technology have teamed up to do something that has never been done before in the Netherlands: generate electricity from geothermal energy. The partnership combines Climeon’s revolutionary heat power solution Climeon Ocean™ with IF Technology’s 25 years of experience in designing geothermal systems. 

Climeon’s Ocean™ is a vacuum enabled Heat Power solution that generates electricity from hot water far more efficiently than any other solutions in the market. As a consequence, Climeon Ocean™ can operate in ultra-low temperature ranges (70-120°C), making geothermal electricity production in the Netherlands economically feasible.

Climeon and IF Technology have signed an agreement showcasing our belief in the combination of the Ocean™ technology and the Dutch geothermal energy market. 

United Kingdom: USD 18 Million for Geothermal Projects in Cornwall and Scilly

£13m for geothermal energy projects in Cornwall (Energy Live News)

Businesses are being invited to bid for a share of up to £13 million for geothermal energy projects in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. 

The cash is being provided through the European-funded Cornwall and Isle of Scilly Growth Program which will run until 2020. It is the only region in England to qualify as ‘less developed’ as the economic performance is below 75% of the EU average, therefore receives additional funding.

The European Regional Development Fund is providing up to £10.6 million and the rest is being granted by Cornwall Council. Developers can apply for a minimum value of £500,000 for each project. The deadline for applications is 10th June.

The geothermal resource in Cornwall is said to represent a significant opportunity for renewable heat and power generation, with a study suggesting it could meet all of the county’s power demand and 20% of the UK’s demand.

Councillor Julian German, Member of the Integrated Territorial Investment (ITI) Board which is responsible for overseeing the program said: “If accessed and exploited appropriately, this estimated level of resource could provide Cornwall with significant economic and social benefits.”

USA, Hawaii: Ormat Withdraws from 25 MW Geothermal Energy Contract

Nevada firm nixes geothermal contract with Hawaii Electric Light Co. (Pacific Business News)

Ormat Technologies, which was awarded a contract by Hawaii Electric Light Co. to develop a 25 MW geothermal energy project on Hawaii’s Big Island, has withdrawn from contract negotiations with the utility, HELCO said Wednesday.

HELCO selected Ormat on Feb. 24, 2015, based on the Nevada firm’s ability to meet price levels and performance standards, and started contract negotiations.

Ormat already operates the 38 MW Puna Geothermal Venture plant on the Big Island.

Alan Oshima, president and CEO of Hawaiian Electric Co., previously told PBN that in its new energy plan, HECO wants to develop a geothermal project on the Big Island’s west side, where most of the growth is happening.

The subsidiary of Hawaiian Electric Co. said that it will continue its efforts to include geothermal in its analysis of potential future resource options as part of its new energy plans.

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Turkey: European Bank Increases Investment in Renewable Energy

EBRD scales up sustainable energy financing in Turkey (News Release)

In response to growing demand, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is expanding its support for sustainable energy financing in Turkey with an additional €500 million, the Bank has announced at a high-level conference organised by the EBRD in Istanbul today.

Under the Mid-size Sustainable Energy Financing Facility (MidSEFF), now totaling €1.5 billion, funds are provided to Turkish banks in the form of loans and capital market instruments for on-lending to private sector companies.

The financing – supported by the European Union and the Turkish Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources– will benefit renewable energy and resource efficiency projects in Turkey including solar, hydropower, wind, geothermal, waste-to-energy and energy efficiency as well as water saving and waste minimization projects.

Investing in sustainable energy is a strategic priority for the EBRD in Turkey, as the country is working to meet growing demand for electricity and aims to diversify away from expensive imported fuel. Almost half of the Bank's total portfolio in Turkey is in sustainable energy and since 2009 the EBRD has invested about €3 billion in over 70 such projects, including the largest geothermal power plant in Turkey (and second largest in Europe), Efeler.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

USA, Texas: Conference on Geothermal, Oil and Gas Collaboration

USA, Oregon: Video - The Newberry Geothermal Energy FORGE Project

Newberry Geothermal Energy - A Research Observatory for a Sustainable Future (Osu Interns)

Good video promoting the FORGE project at Newberry Crater in Oregon.

Turkey: Pamukören and Gümüşköy Geothermal Power Plants Get Sustainable Energy Awards

EBRD celebrates best sustainable energy projects in Turkey (EBRD)

In a ceremony in Istanbul today, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and partners have awarded the best energy efficiency and renewable energy projects financed in Turkey through the Mid-size Sustainable Energy Financing Facility (MidSEFF).

The EBRD-led program, supported by the European Union (EU) and the European Investment Bank, provides funds to Turkish banks in the form of loans and capital market instruments for on-lending to private sector companies to invest in more efficient use of energy. In response to high demand the EBRD is expanding the program with an additional €500 million.

The awards ceremony recognized 11 companies for promoting energy efficiency and energy generation from renewable sources. Among the winners were Pamukören and Gümüşköy geothermal power plants:
  • The Award for the Largest Geothermal Power Plant was taken by the 45 MW Pamukören geothermal power plant whose effective stakeholder engagement stood out. It was financed with a €37.4 million loan from Vakifbank.
  • The Best Outreach Project Award was taken by the 13.3 MW Gümüşköy geothermal power plant for capturing its CO2 emissions, using them in local greenhouses and selling them to industrial gas consumers. The plant was financed with a €15.9 million loan from Yapikredi.
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USA, Nevada: Ormat Applies to Build Transmission Line for 24 MW Tungsten Mountain Geothermal Project

Ormat unit files notice in Nevada for 230-kV line and geothermal project (PennEnergy)

ORNI 43, a unit of Ormat Technologies, filed a notice recently with the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada stating that it will seek permission to build a 230-kV transmission line to support a planned 24 MW geothermal generating facility in Churchill County, Nevada.

ORNI 43 said it plans to file an application with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to build the Tungsten Project and related transmission line primarily on federal land administered by BLM, with a small portion on privately owned land. The company said it planned to file its application with the BLM Feb. 1.

ORNI 43 told the PUCN that the Tungsten Project, with a gross capacity of 24 MW and net capacity of 20 MW, is below the 70 MW threshold for regulation under the Nevada Utility Environmental Protection Act. The voltage of the transmission line, however, qualifies it as a utility facility under Nevada’s statute, and the company said it will seek PUCN approval of a permit to construct the generation tie line.

“The Tungsten Project will be located in the Tungsten Mountain Geothermal Area in eastern Churchill County, about 55 miles east-northeast of Fallon, and north of Highway 50,” ORNI 43 said in the notice.

The transmission line would extend 16.5 miles, generally southwest from the proposed geothermal project to connect with facilities owned by NV Energy.

Kenya: Boom in Geothermal Power Production Generates Valuable Electricity Export Revenue

Kenya doubles power exports to Uganda, Tanzania (Business Daily Africa)

Kenya has nearly doubled its electricity exports to Tanzania and Uganda on the back of increased geothermal power generation even as local consumers await the price advantage.

Kenya Power, the electricity distributor, sold 46.6 million units (kilowatt hours) to the two countries last year, up from 26.9 million a year earlier, official data shows.

The country also cut its power imports by almost half following the injection of geothermal power to the national grid.

The additional cheaper geothermal energy, especially the 280 MW injected in the second half of 2014, helped to reduce the use of expensive thermal power.

USA, California: Ongoing Drought Reduces Hydroelectricity Generation, Increases Use of "Dirtier and Expensive" Energy

Impacts of California’s Ongoing Drought: Hydroelectricity Generation 2015 Update (Pacific Institute)

The Pacific Institute has released a comprehensive assessment of the costs to California of lost hydroelectricity during the four years of drought from October 2011 to the end of September 2015 (the official California “water year” runs from October 1 to September 30).

Under normal conditions, electricity for the state’s millions of users is produced from a blend of many sources, with natural gas and hydropower being the top two. Since the drought has reduced the state’s river flows that power hundreds of hydropower stations, natural gas has become a more prominent player in the mix. This is an expensive change. According to the Institute’s new report, the four years of drought led to an increase in electricity costs of more than $2.0 billion. The additional combustion of fossil fuels for electric generation also led to a 10 percent increase in the release of carbon dioxide from California power plants.

In an average year, hydropower provides 18% of the state’s electricity needs. Comparatively, during the four-year period from October 2011 through September 2015, hydropower generation was at 10.5% of total electricity generation. For the most recent water year overall, with the state’s reservoirs at record low levels, hydropower was far below normal, providing less than 7% of total electricity generated in-state.

Pacific Institute President Peter Gleick says “... all California ratepayers are affected by the drought as they pay for electricity that is both dirtier and more expensive than in non-drought years.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

USA: Obama Asks for an Additional 41% Budget for Geothermal Technologies

President’s 2017 Budget Proposal for DOE Supports Energy Innovation, National Security, Nuclear Management Responsibilities (DOE)

Overall, the FY 2017 budget request for DOE represents a 10 percent increase above the FY 2016 enacted level, reflecting the importance of DOE’s work enabling the transition to a low-carbon secure energy future, and leading America’s research for discovery and innovation.

The request for geothermal technologies is for USD 99,500,000, an increase of USD 28,500,000 or 40.1% on 2016.

FY 2017 funding supports full implementation of the Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE), including on‐site research and development in enhanced geothermal technologies; and DOE’s Subsurface Science, Technology and Engineering RD&D (Subsurface) crosscut to reduce the cost and risk of geothermal development.

FY 2017 funding will expand temperature‐gradient well drilling under the program’s “Play Fairway Analysis,” which assesses exploration risk and the probability of finding new geothermal resources on a regional scale, resulting in maps and studies that will reduce the industry’s drilling and development risks, and will identify new prospective areas for geothermal exploration and development.
  • For full FY17 budget request materials, click here.
  • For the Department's FY17 budget request fact sheet, click here.
  • For the White House's Mission Innovation fact sheet, click here.

Africa: President Obama Plan to Add 30,000 MW Across Sub-Saharan Africa by 2030 is Law

US President Obama signs Africa electricity plan into law (BBC News)

US President Barack Obama has signed into law an initiative aimed at bringing electricity to 50 million people in sub-Saharan Africa by 2020.

The Electrify Africa Act of 2015 will give legal backing to Mr Obama's flagship Power Africa scheme, which is trying to improve access to electricity through public-private partnerships.

It took nearly two years to be passed in both houses of the US Congress.

The legislation would "improve the lives of millions in sub-Saharan Africa by helping to reduce reliance on charcoal and other toxic fuel sources that produce fumes that kill more than HIV/Aids and malaria combined," said House Foreign Affairs committee chairman Ed Royce, a long-time supporter of the initiative.

It would also "promote the development of affordable and reliable energy", he added, in a statement on Monday.

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Europe: EGEC Announces European Geothermal Innovation Award Finalists

Endorsed Nominations for the European Geothermal Innovation Award Announced (EGEC)

The European Geothermal Energy Council (EGEC) has announced that this year’s European Geothermal Innovation Award jury have selected the maximum number of five endorsed nominations from the nominations received. The names on the 2016 shortlist are, in alphabetical order:

  • Exergy S.p.A. (IT), for the 2-pressure-level cycle on a single-disk turbine demonstrated in Denizli Tosunlar geothermal plant.
  • Fangmann Energy Services GmbH & Co. KG (DE), for novel stimulation with acids, and related accessory developments (spacer, cement, fiberglass casing).
  • geoKOAX GmbH (DE), for the geoKOAX heat exchanger, a larger diameter BHE with high fluid volume.
  • Jaske & Wolf Verfahrenstechnik GmbH (DE), for the use of water from drawdown-wells in deep open-pit mining for a small district heating system in Bergheim, DE.
  • Turboden S.r.l. (IT), for new ORC technology to ramp down output on demand, and new smart grid technology.

Nominations for the award are assessed on grounds of originality, innovation, reliability, reduction of emissions, and improvements in energy output. The Jury will now deliberate to select an overall winner which will be announced on 25th February.

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Costa Rica: Funding for 165 MW of Additional Geothermal Energy

Costa Rica signs US $500 million financing agreement for renewable energy (Costa Rica Star)

Loans allocated to complete 55 MW Pailas II, 55 MW Borinquen I geothermal plants and 55 MW expansion of the Borinquen II geothermal project

Costa Rica signed a US $500 million agreement with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to finance renewable energy projects and their respective transmission and distribution systems on Friday.

Costa Rica’s Ministry of Finance and the state-owned Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) said in a statement that the deal consists of two loan agreements, both with 25-year terms and variable interest rates, currently set at 1.52 percent.

The first loan of US $200 million will be allotted to complete two geothermal projects, known as Pailas II and Borinquen I, both located in Liberia in the northwestern province of Guanacaste. The installations, once completed, are expected to provide 55 megawatts each.

The remaining US $300 million is to be invested in the Borinquen II geothermal project, also in Liberia and which will provide an additional 55 megawatts, in addition to the modernization of the Arenal hydroelectric plant and projects to improve the transmission and distribution networks of the national electric grid.

The agreement must still be ratified by Costa Rica’s Legislature.

United Kingdom: Geological Survey Launched at Stoke-on-Trent geothermal District Heating Project

Council start hi-tech search to find free energy (Stoke Sentinel)

The contractor's vibreosis trucks will travel the length of the Etruria Valley
Hi-tech trucks are being deployed to search for 'free' heat energy – two miles underground.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council plans to commission a geothermal plant in the Etruria Valley to power its £52 million district heat network.

Over the next week specialist contractors will be carrying out a geological survey to map the rocks deep beneath the valley, from Keele University to Birches Head.

Their trucks will use a sonar-like system to search for evidence of hot underground water, which could be pumped to the service and used to heat homes and businesses.

Sebastien Danneels, the council's district heat network technical lead, said: "The research we have done shows that you can find water at 100 degrees if you go 3km down. The evidence suggests that Stoke-on-Trent has the best potential for geothermal heat in the country.

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Kenya: India to Invest USD 200 Million in Nakuru and Baringo Geothermal Power Projects

India eyeing Nakuru energy sector (

Suchitra Durai, India High Commissioner to Kenya when she paid a courtesy call to Nakuru deputy Governor Joseph Rutto in his office on Saturday. [/]
The Government of India is planning to invest US$200 million in geothermal power production in Nakuru and Baringo counties through the Line Credit Initiative, one of the Government of India development assistance instruments.

Speaking during a courtesy call to Deputy Governor Joseph Rutto on Saturday, Suchitra Durai, India High Commissioner to Kenya said through the aforementioned initiative, the Government of India is investing in many projects in Africa and they would want Kenya to benefit, the reason India wants to invest in geothermal power in the two counties among other projects.

Geothermal Development Company (GDC) has geothermal projects in Suswa (Nakuru) and Baringo (Silali-Bogoria), we are planning to invest in this and we are at the moment in discussions with GDC. Studies have been done by Indian companies and these have been examined by our Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi. There were some clarifications that we wanted and that is why I have come to see the projects in Menengai and Olkaria geothermal complexes’, said Suchitra.

Tanzania: 200 MW Geothermal by 2020

Tanzania looks into geothermal energy (ESI Africa)

Sospeter Muhongo, minister of energy and minerals, has ordered the Tanzania Geothermal Development Company (TGDC) to begin drilling three holes in the Lake Ngozi area.

Business Week reported that in 2015, TGDC general manager Boniface Njobe said Tanzania has identified 50 potential areas across the country where 5,000 MW of geothermal power could be produced.

Njobe said these areas need to be explored through Public-Private Partnership arrangements, which would enable the country to produce 200 MW from geothermal by 2020.

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USA: Obama Proposes Over $500 million to Increase Use and Reduce Costs of Clean Renewable Power

Obama proposes doubling clean energy R&D spending by 2021 (Utility Dive)

(Courtesy The White House)
Making good on a promise made last year to double research and development (R&D) into the clean energy sector, President Obama has announced a sweeping expansion of funding that will see the United States spend almost $13 billion in 2021 on climate studies, renewable research and the development of greener power options.

“These additional resources will dramatically accelerate the availability of the advanced technologies that will define a future global energy mix that is clean, affordable, and reliable,” the White House said in a fact sheet released this week.

Included in the proposal is over $500 million to increase the use and reduce the costs of clean renewable power from solar, wind, water, and geothermal energy and over $177 million to support grid modernization, resiliency, and integration of clean energy into the grid.

Monday, February 8, 2016

USA, Washington D.C.: GEA Geothermal Energy Showcase

U.S. and International Geothermal Energy Showcase (GEA)

Thursday, March 17 Washington D.C., USA

The U.S. Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) will be holding a U.S. and International Geothermal Energy Showcase on March 17 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC. The 2016 U.S. and International Geothermal Energy Showcase will feature industry and governmental leaders from across the geothermal marketplace.

The last GEA U.S. & International Geothermal Energy Showcase held in 2014 involved more than 250 industry leaders, government officials, and other power sector representatives from the U.S. and 26 countries around the world.

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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)

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 (

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.

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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 (

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.

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

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