Monday, July 6, 2015

Science & Technology:

New Commission Aims to Protect Volcanic Geoheritage (vhub)

Volcanic landscapes and regions provide valuable opportunities for scientific research, education, and sustainable geotourism, in addition to iconic scenery.


Volcanoes are among the most dramatic landscapes on Earth and often are popular tourist destinations. A just-launched commission of a volcanology association wants to highlight the scientific and educational value of such landscapes and help protect them as a geological heritage.

The Commission on Volcano Geoheritage and Protected Volcanic Landscapes (VGPL), which launched on 29 June during a special session at the The International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG) general assembly in Prague, Czech Republic, has some big objectives. Among them are to identify the scientific value of protected volcano areas and to contribute scientific knowledge to managing these areas.

The commission, a new initiative of the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth’s Interior (IAVCEI), also aims to communicate the values of geological heritage through education and interpretation and emphasize volcano geotourism for economic and community sustainable development. IAVCEI is a semiautonomous association of  IUGG.

USA:

Green Tax Incentive Compendium: Federal and State Tax Incentives for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency ( Robinson+Cole)

Jerome L. Garciano has updated his Green Tax Incentive Compendium which includes information about incentives for geothermal projects.

The volume presents certain U.S. federal and state tax incentives promoting the renewable energy and energy efficiency industries. Each section outlines the basic features and regulatory requirements for a tax program which provides financial incentives for clean technology development through renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.

Green Tax Incentive Compendium: Federal and State Tax Incentives for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (PDF)

Turkey:

3rd Geothermal Congress and Exhibition of Turkey (UCTEA)

October 14-15, 2015 in Ankara, Turkey


The Union of Chambers of Turkish Engineers and Architects (UCTEA) Geothermal Congress and Exhibition is best known event in Turkey that brings together all members of the geothermal community in Turkey.

The main objective of the UCTEA Geothermal Congress and Exhibition is to provide an opportunity for exchanging knowledge recently produced, to introduce technologies developed and to build a collaboration atmosphere by bringing together scientists, academicians, consultants and sector representatives and thus to make a contribution for improving geothermal industry.

An exhibition will also be organized during the whole Congress. It will also become a great gathering for communication and cooperation between geothermal industry.

Indonesia:

Groundbreaking on 400 MW of Geothermal Power Projects Across Indonesia (ROL Republika Online)

(Courtesy CIA.gov)
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi), on Sunday, officially started the ground-breaking on a number of geothermal power plants (PLTP) in Indonesia.

  • 3rd and 4th units of 2x55 MW PLTP Ulubelu in Tanggamus district, Lampung Province, 
  • 5th unit of 2x20 MW PLTP Lahendong in Minahasa District, North Sulawesi, 
  • 1st unit of 30 MW PLTP Karaha in West Java, 
  • 1st and 2nd units of 110 MW PLTP Lumut Balai in South Sumatra, 
  • 1st unit of 55 MW PLTP Hululais in Bengkulu, and the 
  • 1st  unit of 55 MW PLTP Kerinci in Jambi.

The president also inaugurated the 35 MW 5th unit of PLTP Kamojang.

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Indonesia:

Indonesia President Instructs Ministers to Prioritize Geothermal Power (GIVnews.com)

President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo
President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo on Sunday instructed his economic ministers to prioritize the development of environmentally friendly power generation. The President had pointed to Indonesia’s 28,000 MW geothermal-based power potentials, which according to reports, may account for 40 percent of the world’s potential geothermal resources.

“On this particular day, today, I instruct the Menko (Coordinating Minister), the BUMN (State Enterprises) minister and the ESDM (Energy and Mineral Resources) minister to ensure that in the future, environmentally friendly power plants will be given higher priority. This is because we have potential,” Jokowi said in his speech.

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Australia:

Australia's Vast Geothermal Energy Resources Represent Thousands of Years Worth of Untapped Power (Gizmag)

Australia is sitting on top of some of the world's most potent geothermal energy sources, according to government estimates. Just one percent of the hot rock energy less than 5 km under the surface would be enough to meet the whole country's entire power needs for 26,000 years if it was tapped. So why aren't we seeing more movement on it?

Geothermal energy is a very handy, virtually inexhaustible clean energy source for those areas lucky enough to find themselves on top of it. Massive amounts of hot rock just below the Earth's surface can be used to heat water and drive steam turbines for reliable electricity generation with virtually no emissions or environmental impact.

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Indonesia:

Pertamina Prepares Rp 33t For Geothermal Electricity Plants (Jakarta Post)

Announced at inauguration of 35 MW Kamojang Unit 5 geothermal electricity plant


State-owned oil and gas company Pertamina says it has prepared Rp 33 trillion (US$2.5 billion) worth of financing for the development of geothermal electricity plants up to 2019.

Pertamina president director Dwi Soetjipto said the financing would be used to increase the installed capacity of geothermal electricity plants from 505 MW to 907 MW by 2019.

“We have made geothermal development one of our strategic priorities and we have a blueprint of geothermal development up to 2019,” he said as quoted by Antara during the inauguration of Pertamina’s Kamojang Unit 5 geothermal electricity plant, with a capacity of 35 MW, by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo in Garut, West Java, on Sunday

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Philippines:

Vacancy: Plant Manager/Facilities Head (Spencer Ogden Energy)

Min 10 years experience in Geothermal Power Plant


Leads and provided direction to the Operations and Maintenance Division in developing and implementing the medium to long term operation and asset life cycle management strategies and programs as well as continuous improvement program, that will optimize cost of generating electricity, availability, reliability, efficiency of the Geothermal Facilities to attain the BUs strategic objectives and the O&M short and long term goals.

Undertakes a variety of representational and liaison duties. Participates in and/or represents the Division in high level policy meetings, conferences and/or external negotiations/meetings as appropriate.

Responsible for providing overall management of Geothermal Facility in terms of strategies, budget, statutory requirements & licenses, contracts and sales agreement, litigations, finance management and optimization of resources.

For more information about this role please contact the Singapore office of Spencer Ogden Energy Pte Ltd, Agency License Number: 13C6321

Friday, July 3, 2015

GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Geothermal Energy Expo:

Exhibit at the Biggest Annual Geothermal Event of the Year!

The GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Geothermal Energy Expo is just 80 days away! The trade show, run by the U.S. Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) is filling up fast. As of July 1, 80 companies from around the world had signed up.


Entrance to the GEA trade show is free with GRC Annual Meeting registration which will open this month. If you are interested in attending the GEA Geothermal Energy Expo only please visit the GEA websiteExhibitors can now register for the trade show.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Commonwealth of Dominica:

Geothermal Drilling Ends in Roseau Valley; Project Enters New Stage (Dominica News Online)

Drilling equipment in the Roseau Valley (Courtesy Dominica News Online) 
Drilling in the Roseau Valley for the island’s geothermal project has officially come to an end and the project is now entering a new stage.

The drill-rig used on the project is now being transported back to Iceland, from where it was originally contracted. DNO has learnt that the drilling company has gotten contracts for drilling new geothermal wells in Iceland.

Energy Minister, Ian Douglas, told DNO that authorities have found that the wells can in fact generate geothermal energy and the project is moving to the next step.

Douglas said that a Dominican company has to be formed to oversee the development of a geothermal plant. He said it has to be a joint venture between the government and a French consortium.

“When that company forms, that is the company that will start the development of the small development plant,” he stated.

Douglas said the first small plant which will supply Dominica with electricity, is expected to be commissioned by 2017.

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Italy:

Geothermal: Innovation and Employment in Tuscany (Enel Green Power)

An update from the Italian renewable energy company


New technologies, agreements for the development of local employment and supply chain companies, the development of new markets. Enel Green Power’s geothermal power continues its full-round game at the ‘home stadium’ of Italy, homeland of the energy generated from the Earth with Tuscany’s geothermal district, and new challenges in Latin America, Africa and also in Asia and the Pacific.

The effects of geothermal on employment are well exemplified in Tuscany thanks to the spread of generation plants, which have risen to 35 after Cornia 2 has been put into service, and the development of a local industrial supply chain. In this regard, a few days ago a Memorandum of Understanding was signed in Larderello between the municipalities of the traditional geothermal area and EGP for the promotion of initiatives aimed at enhancing the socio-economic and employment effects, as well as the qualification of local enterprises.

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Peru:

Letters from Peru - A GRC Bulletin Reprint

The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) has published an important resource re-printed from the prestigious GRC Bulletin.

Letters from Peru by Sue Fox Hodgson is an overview of the geology and geothermal potential of the South American country. Over 17 pages, the article includes useful information, links and contacts, useful for anyone interested in developing geothermal projects in Peru, or just with an interest in the country.

This article is provided free of charge. However, the GRC Bulletin is available six times a year as a benefit of membership of the GRC or as a separate subscription.

USA, California:

Casa Diablo IV 40 MW Geothermal Plant Project Approved (Sierra Wave Media)


On Tuesday, the Mono County Superior Court released its decision for the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District (Great Basin) to uphold its conditional approval for a new geothermal project by Ormat located in the Casa Diablo area of the Inyo National Forest.

In his decision signed on June 26, Superior Court Judge Stan Eller rejected the arguments of the Mammoth Community Water District (MCWD) and two union groups who alleged that the project approvals did not comply with the California Environmental Quality Act.

The geothermal reservoirs and the drinking water aquifers located approximately two miles away and separated by a layer of impermeable rock. The Court held that the extensive record of evidence, including expert opinions and scientific studies, established “substantial evidence that there is no connectivity between the deep geothermal reservoir and MCWD’s groundwater aquifer.”

As part of the Great Basin’s approvals, a groundwater monitoring plan must be approved by the federal and state agencies and implemented by Ormat before drilling any new geothermal wells. Ormat has obtained assistance from the California Energy Commission for two new monitoring wells and agreed to the location of those wells with the Water District to ensure that geothermal operations do not affect Mammoth Lakes’ domestic water supply.

The project would include the construction of a new 40 MWe geothermal power plant, up to 16 new production and injection wells, multiple pipelines, and an electric transmission line.

A GRC Field Trip will visit Casa Diablo Hot Springs and the Ormat Mammoth Pacific Power Plants as part of am excursion to the Long Valley, September 18-20, before the GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Geothermal Energy Expo.

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USA, North Dakota:

Geothermal Demonstration to Start This Month (Minot Daily News)

Researchers test geothermal energy to power oil field


Oil isn't the only energy source being pulled out of the ground in the Bakken. There's untapped energy in underground water that researchers now are hoping to turn into electricity to power the oil field.

The University of North Dakota School of Engineering & Mines, Grand Forks, plans to begin a demonstration project this month to test a geothermal system developed over the past several years specifically for oil-field application.

Development had started in 2009 after the U.S. Department of Energy put out a request for proposals for a demonstration on generating power in an organic environment. The School of Engineering & Mines had been looking for an opportunity to build on existing research in this area.

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Ethiopia:

Ethiopia Ratifies Loan Agreement for Tendaho Geothermal Development Project (2merkato - Ethiopian Business Portal)

(Courtesy CIA.gov)
The Ethiopian House of Peoples’ Representatives (HPR) yesterday endorsed three loan agreements, including one for a geothermal project, according to Ethiopian News Agency.

HPR approved a 9 million and 7.5 million Euro loan agreements secured from the FDA for the implementation of the first phase of the Tendaho Geothermal Development Project.

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Chile:

IFC to Provide a $60 Million Renewable Energy Credit Line to Chile (The FINANCIAL)

(Courtesy CIA.gov)
The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, signed an agreement to provide $60 million to Banco Consorcio in Chile to finance non-conventional renewable energy projects in the country.

IFC’s long-term financing will help scale-up commercially viable technologies and diversify the country’s renewable energy matrix, including in small hydropower, biomass, solar, geothermal and wind projects. Banco Consorcio will also join the IFC Global Trade Finance Program, which will give it access to a trade line to help finance the growth of trade flows in the Latin America and Caribbean region, according to IFC.

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Canada:

Geothermal Pitched as Alberta's Next Big Energy Source (CBC.ca)

Standard thinking for decades has been that geothermal technology is too expensive and inefficient to be a significant source of energy.

But a growing number of experts say the time may be right for geothermal to assume a higher profile, especially in oil-rich Alberta.

The economics of renewable energy projects are improving as governments begin to introduce carbon taxes and other fees on large carbon-emitting facilities, such as coal power plants.

"I think Alberta is perfectly situated to make the technology work," said Todd Hirsch, chief economist with ATB Financial. "All the geothermal energy experts say it is all wrong for Alberta. You have to go down so deep to get any heat. Well actually, we have experience drilling through four miles [6.4 km] worth of rock to get at other things that are valuable."

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Global:

Global Geothermal Alliance Concept One Step Further (Renewable Energy World.com)

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) convened roughly 60 stakeholders in June in Nairobi to finalize the concept of the Global Geothermal Alliance (GGA) and exchange views on the best way forward. The U.S. Geothermal Energy Association (GEA)'s Executive Director Karl Gawell participated as a U.S. NGO representative with support from Power Africa and the U.S. – East Africa Geothermal Partnership. "The high-level policy involvement by the leadership and participants was impressive and a measure of success for IRENA's efforts," noted Gawell.

Prior to the Nairobi meeting, talk of an Global Geothermal Energy Alliance took the form of an Action Statement and Action Plan at the United Nations' September 2014 Climate Summit in New York, though that development did not have official U.S. participation. As a result of the June meeting, the Executive Directors of both GEA and the International Geothermal Association (IGA) expressed willingness and interest in supporting the effort.

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Science & Technology:

Opinion: Why Geothermal Energy Will Remain A Small Player (Oil Price.com)

Geothermal is presently a minor player in the field of renewable energy and for the reasons discussed here is likely to remain one, but Energy Matters has never featured it before and it deserves its fifteen minutes of fame. Besides, I worked in geothermal a number of years ago and haven’t revisited it since, so it’s time I updated myself on what’s been going on.

I start with a bit of personal memorabilia. Above is an aerial view of the Hudson Ranch 1 plant in the Salton Sea geothermal field, California, a three-stage flash plant with an installed capacity of 49.9 MW that was commissioned in 2012. I show it because I bought the land the plant sits on for my then employer Kennecott Copper Corporation in 1980, knowing that a high-temperature geothermal resource was present there. What I didn’t figure on is that it would take 32 years to put it into production.

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USA, California:

Raising Fish Using Geothermal Water at the Salton Sea (Palomar TV)

Video about Tilapia farming at Pacific Aquafarms using Geothermal heat near Salton Sea



Salton Sea Geology - Pacific Aqua Farms from Palomar TV on Vimeo.

The isolated location was selected because of the unique geothermal water. The water is from geothermal wells that produce 140 degrees F water which is ideal for year-round growth of fish. The farm uses a combination of semi intensive ½ acre ponds and very intensive 40 ft. tanks to rear the fish.

Indonesia:

ENGIE Updates on Rantau Dedap Geothermal Power Plant Project (EIN News)

The first phase of the project is due to come on stream next year




French company ENGIE, formerly GDF Suez, has given an update on it's exploration activities in Indonesia. 225 km from the South Sumatran capital Palembang, Rantau Dedap is the location of one of the largest high-temperature geothermal exploration sites in Indonesia.

The first drilling projects undertaken in 2012 and 2013 by ENGIE, PT Supreme Energy and Marubeni Corporation have confirmed the existence of a high-temperature reservoir (above 200°C). The first phase of geothermal resource exploitation began last year.

With a target capacity of 240 MW, the project is due to come on stream next year, and is expected to generate geothermal power for more than 30 years, supplying the electricity needs of 500,000 households and reducing carbon dioxide emissions by around 1 million metric tons per year.

In addition to Rantau Dedap, ENGIE is also developing two other geothermal exploration projects in Indonesia: the Muaralaboh project in Western Sumatra, and the Rajabasa project at the Southern tip of the island.

Philippines:

Stock Offering Opens Up More Funds for Mindoro Geothermal Project (interaksyon.com)

Nickel Asia Corp. to take majority ownership


Shareholders of Emerging Power, Inc., a renewable energy company, have approved an increase in its authorized capital stocks from P500 million to P2.4 billion.

In a statement, Emerging Power chairman Martin Antonio G. Zamora said the hike would allow the firm to accommodate additional equity from Nickel Asia Corp., which decided to convert its P446 million loan to equity to support the 40 MW geothermal project in Mindoro.

It also allows Nickel Asia ownership of the renewable energy company’s 55 percent stake.

The P8-billion geothermal project is expected to be on stream by the end of 2016 or early 2017.

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Philippines:

EDC to Invest P58B in Leyte Geothermal Field (Manila Bulletin)

The largest producer of geothermal energy in the country, Energy Development Corp. (EDC) will spend P58 billion in the next 25 to 30 years for the expansion of its Leyte Geothermal Project (LGP).

The company, which is the second largest of its kind in the world, announced in a recent public consultation that it intends to expand its steam field production in Leyte by adding 7,106 hectares to the current 7,400 hectares, coming up with a total of 14,506 hectares.

EDC said the Leyte geothermal field is experiencing substantial steam decline after 30 years of operation, and thus, the reason why it has to develop the makeup and replacement drilling program so as to maximize power generation to 700 MW.

The project entails opening new access roads, construction of new well pads and sumps, installing new pipelines and drilling of additional wells while maintaining total power plant capacity of 700MW. No new power plants will be built, however.

St. Lucia:

St. Lucia to Begin 2nd Round of Public Consultations on Geothermal Energy (Latin American Herald Tribune)

St. Lucia’s Ministry of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology announced that the second round of public consultations on the geothermal exploration project in Soufriere will begin Wednesday.

“The sessions will provide project updates for residents and key stakeholders, inform residents of important activities that will be undertaken within the coming weeks, and seek feedback,” the Ministry said in a statement.

A special aircraft is expected to conduct Light Detection and Ranging, or LiDAR, surveys to help map the geothermal resource. A geologist will then conduct an assessment of the data collected and a report which will be completed in August.

In December, St. Lucia’s Geothermal Resource Development Project received $2.8 million in grants from the World Bank and the New Zealand government.

The first phase of the project included consultations with residents on land use and the development of the strategy to include Soufriere stakeholders in the initiative.

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Turkey:

4 MW Akça Geothermal Plant Successfully In Operation (News Release)

Italian company Exergy has announced the operational launch of another geothermal plant in Turkey for the client Akça Enerji. With the completion of this ORC binary installation, the Akca plant will be the world's first equipped with 2-pressure-level cycle on a single-disk turbine. 

The Turkish Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources confirmed in June that the plant meets the required performance targets. Akça Enerji will therefore benefit from increased revenues coming from the government feed-in-tariff improving the payback of the geothermal plant. 

The Akça plant, situated in the Denizli region, is a low enthalpy geothermal plant (fluid temperature at 105 C°/220 F°) generating a power output of 4 MW. The installation of the innovative Radial Outflow Turbine, Exergy’s core development of turbine design, enabled Exergy to offer the client a superior plant performance with 2 pressure levels with a single expander, producing up to 20% more power than competitors using a single pressure level system. The performance tests Exergy’s staff conducted on the plant have given extremely positive results indicating a very high turbine efficiency, over 5% more than the guaranteed figures provided to the client.

This new binary plant configuration will increase the feasibility of low-enthalpy 3-8 MW range plants down to 100 °C and open up new possibilities for Exergy clients to exploit low enthalpy small resources more efficiently and economically than ever before.

Exergy will be exhibiting at the GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Geothermal Energy Expo, being held September 20-23 at the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino in Reno, Nevada, USA.

Climate Change:

Obama Calls for 20% Renewables by 2030 as Brazil, China Join in New Climate Goals (Utility Dive)

The United States and Brazil issued a joint statement on Tuesday, each committing to bolstering renewables and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. At the same time, China released its own 15-year climate change plan that includes rebuilding forests and cutting carbon output.

As the Washington Post points out, those three nations are all top-10 greenhouse gas emitters, making yesterday something of a banner day for the planet's health. And to top it off, South Korea announced a plan to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 37% by 2030.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Canada:

Alberta Town To Further Explore Geothermal Energy Proposal (The Hinton Voice)

Jonathan Banks, representing the University of Alberta and Alberta Innovates – Energy and Environment Solutions was on hand at the standing committee meeting of Hinton council on June 23 to discuss the potential project.

The project would consist of three stages for 10 geothermal reservoirs near the town in west-central Alberta, Canada. These reservoirs are used to produce energy by pumping hot water to the surface, extracting the heat from the water, and then converting the heat to electricity, or using it as-is.

First, a three-dimensional picture of the surface itself would be taken to determine the volume of energy available in the reservoir. Then a volumetric assessment of the total energy in megawatt hours would be conducted. Finally, the research team will complete a statistical measure of how much power can be produced out of the reservoir.

“The deepest units at the base are here in Hinton, with temperatures approaching 200 degrees [Celsius], which is hot – you can produce a lot of electricity,” said Banks.

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GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Geothermal Energy Expo:

GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Geothermal Energy Expo To Convene World’s Largest Annual Geothermal Industry Gathering

Reno, Nevada, USA: September 20-23


The international geothermal power market is booming and with a sustained growth rate of 4% to 5% and almost 700 projects currently under development in 76 countries, the GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Geothermal Energy Expo is expected to be an exciting international gathering of geothermal companies, academics, financiers, policy leaders, students, and other individuals. The international geothermal community is marking their calendars to attend or exhibit at the event, to be held from September 20-23 at the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino, Reno, Nevada, USA.

This is the premier gathering to learn about the latest developments in geothermal energy. Last year, the GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Expo hosted more than 1,400 representatives from 39 countries. Participants from six continents were present. In 2015, an even broader attendance is anticipated.

USA:

Job Vacancy: Supervisory Management & Program Analyst (Operations Supervisor) - Department of Energy

Apply by Monday, July 13, 2015, $124,995.00 to $157,100.00 / Per Year

  • Serve as Operation Supervisor advising and providing recommendations on broad policy, program and human resource matters affecting programs and operations.
  • Oversees visioning, goal-setting, performance indicators, quality/efficiency, organizational performance management, and ensuring alignment with the vision, mission, values and goals of the EERE.
  • Provide leadership, oversight, and policy direction to support human capital management interests, including personnel performance management to enhance staff morale and promote a positive and collaborative work environment, staff development and recognition, and determines appropriateness of outsourcing non-inherently governmental functions.
  • Develops and approves actions to conduct the programs or projects, including procurement actions, financial management, technical direction, and resolution of technical, legal and management problems.
  • Ensures consistent, timely, and accurate responses to information requests from internal and external sources.
  • Ensures Program compliance with the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) process and builds collaboration with other elements of EERE
  • Oversees information management including responses to IG/GAO reports, Executive and Congressional correspondence, and program status briefings.
  • Coordinates information technology activities and data management initiatives.
  • Supports Program supervisors in providing management and administrative guidance.

USA:

Job Vacancy: Supervisory Management & Program Analyst (Operations Supervisor) - Department of Energy, Washington, D.C.


Apply by Monday, July 13, 2015 - $107,325.00 to $139,523.00 / Per Year

  • Serve as principal advisor to the Office Director on all aspects of planning/programming, budget/finance and administration. Advises and provides recommendations on broad policy, program and human resource matters affecting programs and operations.
  • Develops and approves actions to conduct the programs or projects, including procurement actions, financial management, technical direction, and resolution of technical, legal and management problems.
  • Ensures consistent, timely, and accurate responses to information requests from internal and external sources. Ensures Program compliance with the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) process and builds collaboration with other elements of EERE, including Procurement, NEPA, and the General Counsel.
  • Oversees information management including responses to IG/GAO reports, Executive and Congressional correspondence, and program status briefings. Coordinates information technology activities and data management initiatives.
  • Manages and directs the administrative services of the program office. Develops implements, evaluates, and monitors procedures and policies for process improvement and sound business practice with goals of timeliness, maximum customer service, and efficient use of resources.
  • Manages and administers the laboratory Annual Operating Plan (AOP) process. Works with Program staff to develop efficient and effective laboratory management and coordination. Tracks all laboratory and project spend plans to ensure efficient use of funds.

Europe:

Geothermal Use in Agriculture (EGEC)

The agricultural sector is a heavy energy consumer and Green House Gas emitter which needs to be more sustainable, competitive, and to ensure food security. This gives it a specific and urgent energy challenge: it needs to find stable, low cost, and local renewable energy, and it needs to reduce its contribution to climate change.

Much of the energy used by the industry is for low and medium level heat (less than 200°C), which is required at many stages of both production and treatment. Traditionally fossil fuels have been used, but fluctuating energy prices also expose the agri-food industry to risk.

Geothermal is a solution for this fuel switch.

Geothermal is increasingly being used in the agri-food industry as it meets many of the sectors’ requirements. Low or medium temperature geothermal heat is available everywhere in the world, and the systems enabling its use are simple and easy to maintain. Geothermal projects are installed locally and provide heating and cooling at competitive prices. They create direct and indirect jobs across the value chain.

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Philippines:

Job Vacancy - Site HSE Manager for Geothermal Power Plant in Asia (Jackson Global)

A leading Independent Power Producer/IPP is currently looking for an experienced HSE Manager/Safety Manager to oversee the construction of a Geothermal Power Plant in South East Asia.

The role will be reporting to the Site Project Manager and will be tasked with Ensuring conformance with global environment, social and safety policies and standards and identifying, developing and implementing new or additional programs for the site team to improve HSE performance.

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Japan:

Short-Term Flow Test of Geothermal Exploratory Well Conducted in Hokkaido (Mitsubishi Materials - News Release)

Short-Term Flow Test of Musadake SMMG2D
(Shot on June 15th, 2015
Japan Petroleum Exploration Co., Ltd., Mitsubishi Materials Corporation and Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Company, Inc. have been conducting drilling investigation for geothermal power plant in Musadake area since 2013, with the financial support from Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC). In this investigation, we conducted the short-term flow test*1 on the Geothermal Exploratory Well "Musadake SMMG - 2D" drilled in 2014.

The short-term flow test of "Musadake SMMG - 2D" had been conducted for 14 days, from June 12th to June 25th. In this test, we have confirmed 26 tons of steam per hour and 16 tons of hot water per hour*2. We will continue reviewing of commercialization of geothermal power generation in Musadake area.

The companies had previously reported that if the location proves promising, they will build a 15 MW geothermal power plant, aiming to start its operations in or around 2023.

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USA, California:

Energy Commission Online Map Tracks Water and Energy Resources (CEC - News Release)

For the first time, the California Energy Commission has assembled statewide data on water and energy resources in an online map that identifies the key sources of water for the state's largest 100 thermal power plants. The map identifies the water-energy nexus at California power plants of 75 megawatts and larger.

"California has made significant progress toward reducing water consumption and increasing recycled water usage at the state's largest power plants," said Energy Commission Chair Robert B. Weisenmiller. "This map shows that 50 of the state's 100 largest plants use recycled water (including the geothermal power plants at The Geysers that are supplied with recycled waste-water from the city of Santa Rosa and other local communities), and our fleet of thermal power plants has become more efficient and more drought resilient."

The online map provides information about the potential impact on water sources for thermal power plant operations. Among the 100 power plants, half depend on recycled and degraded groundwater as their primary source of water, 30 plants use surface water and 20 plants use groundwater.

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USA:

Hawaii and Vermont Set High Renewable Portfolio Standard Targets (EIA)

Two U.S. states recently passed legislation that would require significant increases in renewable electricity generation. On June 8, Hawaii updated legislation setting a 100% renewable portfolio standard (RPS) by 2045. On June 11, Vermont passed a bill creating a 75% RPS by 2032. Both of these RPS target percentages are higher than any other RPS target in the United States.

Renewable portfolio standards are state- or local-level policies that mandate all or certain types of electricity producers to supply a minimum share of their electricity from designated renewable resources. Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia have RPS policies, and an additional eight states have nonbinding renewable portfolio goals.

Hawaii's previous RPS required 40% renewable energy by the end of 2030. The new policy, H.B. 623, includes interim requirements of 30% by the end of 2020, 40% by 2030, and 70% by 2040, ultimately reaching 100% renewable electricity by 2045. The state has met its annual RPS obligations to date, which for 2014 was 10% renewable energy. Largely because of its isolation, the bulk of Hawaii's electricity generation continues to be from petroleum.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Japan:

Interview with Shigeto Yamada of Fuji Electric (ThinkGeoEnergy)

Video interview with long time GRC Board Member Shigeto Yamada of Fuji Electric, taken at the World Geothermal Congress 2015 in Melbourne, Australia in April 2015.

Science & Technology:

Rocket Powered Geothermal Exploration (inlander.com)

The projectile doesn't frack so much as it pulverizes. Both the rock and the projectile disintegrate on contact.


Rocket scientist Mark Russell sees a future where humans harness the earth's energy to travel the cosmos. "Human beings will eventually be a space-faring people," says Russell. "The energy required to go out of our planet and elsewhere is substantial. We will not be using oil and gas for that."

To get there, Russell is drilling deeper than ever before in pursuit of fossil fuels. That's because his company, HyperSciences, is funded through Shell's GameChanger program.

HyperSciences' product is a high-velocity projectile that Russell hopes will one day help access geothermal energy, a clean, renewable energy source that eventually could replace the oil and gas he's currently seeking. For geothermal energy to become an economically viable alternative to oil and gas, that drilling has to be done with minimal hassle and expense. Russell is confident that his projectile can do that.

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New Zealand:

Geothermalist is Finalist for NZ Book Awards (stuff.co.nz)

Geothermal science and illustrating children's books are two interests you would not expect to go hand-in-hand. Fortunately scientist Brian Lovelock somehow finds the time to do both.

There is a fine line between doing too little and too much with pictures but Lovelock says illustrators need to "take risks". "With art you need to let yourself go," he says. "You often end up with some happy accidents."

It is no accident that Lovelock has been nominated as a finalist for the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. Construction, written by fellow Aucklander Sally Sutton, has been selected as a finalist in the picture book category. It is the third book Lovelock has illustrated for Sutton's Roadworks and Demolition series.

Lovelock, who lives in the Auckland suburb of Mt Eden, has illustrated seven children's books over the last 10 years while juggling his career as a geothermal scientist.

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Climate Change:

Bill Gates to Invest $2bn in Breakthrough Renewable Energy Projects (The Guardian)

Bill Gates plans to double investment in green energy technology and research to combat climate change


Bill Gates has announced he will invest $2bn in renewable technologies initiatives, but rejected calls to divest from the fossil fuel companies that are burning carbon at a rate that ignores international agreements to limit global warming.

Speaking to the Financial Times, Gates said that he would double his current investments in renewables over the next five years in a bid to “bend the curve” on tackling climate change.

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Turkey:

EBRD Co-Finances 170 MW Efeler Geothermal Power Plant (The Financial)

When completed later this year, the plant will reach 170 MW capacity, making it one of the ten largest geothermal plants in the world.


The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is helping Turkey establish renewable energy as a viable component of its energy mix with a comprehensive long-term financing package for the country’s largest geothermal power plant.

The Efeler geothermal plant is being built by a subsidiary of Güriş Holding, a leading Turkish renewable energy company. The plant’s five units – three of them already operational – are situated near the western town of Germencik, in the Buyuk Menderes Graben, the area in Turkey with the greatest potential for geothermal energy.

The EBRD has played a key role in securing 15-year financing for the project. The Bank is providing a US$ 200 million loan, alongside additional loans of US$ 325 million from Türkiye İş Bankası AŞ (İşbank), US$ 130 million from Turkiye Sınai Kalkınma Bankası A.S. (TSKB) and US$ 65 million from the Black Sea Trade and Development Bank (BSTDB).

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USA:

Presentations from the 2015 Geothermal Technologies Office Peer Review Now Live (EERE/GTO)

The Energy Department featured Play Fairway Analysis at the 2015
Geothermal Technologies Office Peer Review, with data visualizations like
this heat-flow map from the University of Utah.
The Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO) took a week this May to conduct its Peer Review, a rigorous public evaluation of its geothermal project portfolio. Peer Review provides a forum for independent, expert evaluation of the technical progress and merit of GTO's technical portfolio.

This year, the four-day event in May brought together nearly 300 participants from eight countries —representing industry, national labs, government, and academia—to Westminster, CO, to review 110 GTO projects and an additional 21 posters on GTO-funded research. The event attracted a national and international audience in this sector, and opened a dialogue with other experts in geophysics, geochemistry, modeling, down-hole tools, and more. Presentations from the GTO 2015 Peer Review are now available here.

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USA, Washington D.C.:

18th Annual Congressional Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency EXPO + Policy Forum (Sustainable Energy Coalition)

Thursday July 9, Cannon House Office Building, Washington, D.C.


The 18th Annual Congressional Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency EXPO + Policy Forum will bring together nearly 50 businesses, trade associations, and government agencies to showcase renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.

Attendance at the EXPO + Forum is free, open to the public, and no RSVPs are required. All are welcome!

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USA:

Republicans and Democrats Back Bill to Level the Playing Field for Renewable Energy (Renewable Energy World)

Master Limited Partnerships Parity Act would offer renewables investors the same tax breaks as fossil fuel investors.


U.S. Senators Chris Coons and Jerry Moran are leading a bipartisan effort to reintroduce tax code legislation aimed at leveling the playing field for renewable energy investment. The Master Limited Partnerships Parity Act would enable renewable energy investors to share in tax advantages presently available only to fossil fuel investors.

Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs) are taxed as partnerships but also allow numerous investors to hold a small stake similar to stock ownership. As a qualification for MLP status, the IRS requires that partnerships generate a minimum of 90 percent of their income from specific “qualifying sources.” Where natural resources are concerned, these include oil, coal, natural gas and pipeline projects — but do not include renewables such as solar, wind, geothermal, hydropower and biomass. The MLP Parity Act proposes to change this by expanding the definition of “qualified energy sources” to include these and other clean energy technologies.

Europe:

Half of Europe’s Electricity Set to be from Renewables by 2030 (The Guardian)

Leaked EU paper predicts fast renewables growth to around double current levels if countries meet climate objectives


Europe will likely get more than half of its electricity from renewable sources by the end of the next decade if EU countries meet their climate pledges, according to a draft commission paper.

A planned overhaul of the continent’s electricity grids will now need to be sped up, says the leaked text, seen by the Guardian.

“Reaching the European Union 2030 energy and climate objectives means the share of renewables is likely to reach 50% of installed electricity capacity,” says the consultation paper, due to be published on 15 July. “This means that changes to the electricity system in favor of decarbonization will have to come even faster.”

USA:

Wall Street Pumps Billions Into Renewable Energy (Wall Street Journal)

After years of lofty promises, Wall Street believes the renewable energy industry can produce a payoff.

In just a few years, investors have gone from zero to billions in the amount of money they’re pumping into renewable-energy companies and environmentally friendly projects.

Tax-equity funds and specialty financial tools like “green bonds” and yieldcos have become increasingly popular. And investments in the renewable-energy companies that benefit from these financial tools have far outperformed those in oil-and-gas drilling and coal mining since the start of 2013, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, a research arm of Bloomberg LP.

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Australia:

Renewable Energy Target: Senate Sits Late to Pass Bill Without Amendment (The Guardian)

Legislation to reduce the renewable energy target from 41,000 gigawatt hours to 33,000 gWh has passed both houses of parliament. The Senate sat late on Tuesday to pass the bill.

Labor and the Coalition struck a deal on the target in May after a months-long standoff that the renewables industry said undermined investment.

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Europe:

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

The new edition of the European Geothermal Energy Council (EGEC) newsletter is out.

Editorial
  • European Sustainable Energy week
  • ReGeoCities
Policy
  • 2020 renewables targets: EU Commission urges new measures for geothermal heat technologies'
  • Towards an EU Strategy on Heating and Cooling: Key recommendations from the renewable heat industries
  • Don’t cap renewables and efficiency: Call from renewable energy, energy efficiency and environmental associations.
News
  • International Energy Information Portal Relaunched in USA
  • US, Philippines, Indonesia top-3 in geothermal capacity 2014
  • Calls for a Global Apollo programme to combat climate change
  • EU to provide €15 million investment grant to the Geothermal Development Facility Latin America (GDF)
  • Five heat projects in Scotland secure funding for feasibility studies.
Heat pumps and space cooling
  • New method for measuring past temperatures in Rocks could be used in Geothermal industry.
  • New European Risk financing for demonstration projects.
  • St Gallen project receives 18.2 Million CHF in insurance payment
  • New EGS activity in Switzerland.
  • Development of 150 million EUR in funding for Geothermal projects in Germany.
  • Public consultation for exclusive exploration permit in Auvergne, France
  • Breakthrough Court decision requires Dutch government to further reduce its CO2 emissions
  • US Funding for Feasibility study in Kuyucak, Turkey
  • International consortium signed a contract for the construction of a geothermal power plant in Kenya
Projects
  • ReGeoCities: Designing regulatory systems for shallow geothermal Energy in Cities
  • The Heat Under Your Feet: New promotional material for Shallow Geothermal Energy 
Download the Newsletter.......

Friday, June 26, 2015

Technology:

Opportunities for geothermal energy: New method reveals past underground temperatures (Phys.org)

Rocks store information about the temperatures that they have experienced. Wageningen University researchers and international colleagues are the first to develop a method that reveals low-temperature information (from 35 °C and higher) on a relatively short timescale of thousands of years. The new method might find application in locating geothermal reservoirs and in maintaining underground tunnels.

The deeper you go into the Earth, the warmer it gets. But how warm exactly can differ from location to location, for example because of snowmelt infiltration or a warm aquifer amidst the rocks. Luminescence can retrieve the temperatures that the rocks have experienced over thousands of years. The technique is based on trapped electrons that build up in crystals under the competing influences of natural radioactivity and heat. It is a fine balance, and small changes in temperature cause large changes in the signal intensity. The signal can be extracted in the laboratory by light. Read More....
Rocks store information about the temperatures that they have experienced. Wageningen University researchers and international colleagues are the first to develop a method that reveals low-temperature information (from 35 °C and higher) on a relatively short timescale of thousands of years. The new method might find application in locating geothermal reservoirs and in maintaining underground tunnels.

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2015-06-opportunities-geothermal-energy-method-reveals.html#jCp

India:

India's SECI plans geothermal, offshore wind, tidal debuts (SeeNews Renewables)

 State-owned Solar Energy Corp of India Ltd (SECI) plans to diversify its renewable energy operations by entering the geothermal, offshore wind and tidal among other green segments.

The firm will also become a “self-sustaining and self-generating organization”, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy said in a press release on Wednesday. SECI will continue to expand its core solar business, including both its upstream and downstream segments.

In line with the transition, the company plans to change its name to Renewable Energy Corporation of India (RECI). The move has already received the green light from prime minister Shri Narendra Modi’s Union Cabinet and will now apply to the country’s Registrar of Companies.

SECI booked its first profit of roughly INR 120 million (USD 1.9m/EUR 1.7m) during the last fiscal year. In 2015, its bottom line is expected to surge to some INR 3 billion.

Kenya:

 Kenya to add 350 MW of geothermal capacity at Olkaria (SeeNews Renewables)

The Kenya Electricity Generation Company (KenGen) said it has struck additional geothermal steam capable of supporting 375 MW of power generation capacity.

CEO Albert Mugo said KenGen is planning to put up new plants in Olkaria that will bring 350 MW of geothermal power capacity for the national grid. The three projects include the 140-MW Olkaria V, an additional 70-MW unit to the Olkaria I, and the Olkaria VI plant, which the company plans to develop in the next two-four years.

Olkaria V, KenGen’s next project, is set to kick off before the end of the year.

Mugo said KenGen wants to add at least 3,000 MW to the national grid by 2018, mostly from renewables such as geothermal and wind. Geothermal sources currently account for one-third of the national installed capacity, estimated at 2,150 MW, but provide more than half of the total output due to the high energy yield and stability against weather variations.

“Geothermal is poised to be the future dominant source of electricity,” Mugo said, adding that KenGen has exceeded required steam levels, which enhances guarantees towards financing for the projects.

KenGen has drilled 137 wells since 2007, way above the target of 100 wells. Eight rigs are in operation at the Olkaria steam fields.