Thursday, October 8, 2015

Latin America: What is the Future for Geothermal in the Region

Is Latin America a Good Fit for Geothermal Energy? (The Dialogue)

In August, Chile started building South America’s first geothermal plant, and in neighboring Bolivia, President Evo Morales said earlier this year that his country would begin exporting energy from the Laguna Colorada geothermal plant in a program funded by Japan by 2019.

What is the future for geothermal energy in the region? Will Japan and other state investors from abroad continue as funders for major geothermal energy projects? What other public and private backers are ready to invest more heavily in exploiting the resource?

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Canada: Borealis Gets Funding Help for Geothermal Exploration and Development

Borealis Geopower and Sponsor Energy Capital announce their collaboration to finance exploration and development of geothermal resources for power production (News Release)

Borealis Geopower is currently developing  geothermal power projects in Canoe Reach, south of Valemount BC and Lakelse Lake, south of Terrace, BC, with the Kitselas First Nation. We are currently moving forward with financing of our resource confirmation and power project development and we Borealis GeoPower (BGP) and Sponsor Energy Capital (SEC) of Calgary, Alberta are pleased to announce their collaboration to finance exploration and development of geothermal resources for power production.

SEC’s approach to project financing is to source funding appropriate for the purpose with requisite returns. SEC proposes to finance the proving of highly prospective geothermal resources for the purpose of power production. BGP has two geothermal projects in development in British Columbia, Canoe Reach and Lakelse, each of which meets the criteria of being highly prospective.

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USA: GE to Spin Off Renewable Generation Business

G.E. to Spin Off New Energy Technologies in One Company (New York Times)

General Electric, which has been moving to shed a number of divisions and return to its roots as an industrial behemoth, is creating a company to house developing energy businesses, executives said Wednesday.

The company, to be called Current, will focus on providing products and services in energy efficiency, renewable generation and storage to large customers like hospitals, universities, retail stores and cities, Jeffrey R. Immelt, the G.E. chief executive, said in a statement.

New IRENA Guide Helps Countries Integrate Larger Share of Renewable Energy

The Age of Renewable Power: Designing national roadmaps for a successful transformation (IRENA - News Release)

A transformation of power grids towards reliance on mainly renewable energy sources has begun. But the course of this transition is sure to vary depending on local conditions. The Age of Renewable Power, a report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), provides a framework for developing a national roadmap to guide each country’s power sector transformation.

The framework, drawing on the latest analyses and experiences from around the world, allows policy makers to compare the different options and select appropriate measures for the integration of variable renewable energy. The report also provides a basis for increasing international cooperation and the diffusion of best practices.

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USA, California: The Geysers Wildfire Finally Under Control

Valley Fire: The Final Tally (

Nearly a month after it started in southern Lake County, the Valley Fire was 100 percent contained on Tuesday, Cal Fire officials said.

The fire burned 76,067 acres in Lake, Napa and Sonoma counties since it sparked on Sept. 12.

The blaze killed four people and injured four firefighters in Lake County, destroyed 1,958 structures, including 1,280 homes, 27 multi-family structures and 66 commercial properties, according to Cal Fire. An estimated 3,000 people were left homeless.

In Sonoma County, the fire damaged five of the 14 structures, including cooling towers, at The Geysers geothermal power generation facility that encompasses 45 square miles on the Sonoma-Lake county border, according to Calpine Corporation.

The power plants normally generate 725 megawatts of renewable geothermal energy to the electricity grid and were generating approximately 540 megawatts as of late September, according to Calpine. Repairs should be completed within six to 12 months, Calpine officials said.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The Latest News in Audio from the Geothermal News Report

Geothermal News Report - Episode #12

The Geothermal News Report is a weekly podcast wrapping up the top stories in the geothermal industry.

Week of September 28th, 2015

Ormat moves to phase 2 at Don A Campbell power plant. California drought and geothermal’s role. Honda uses geothermal technology. California fires damage The Geysers.

(AUDIO 3:43 Minutes)

USA, California: Legislation Requires 50% Renewables by 2030

Jerry Brown signs climate bill, boosting renewable energy (Sacramento Bee)

Law requires major increase in electricity derived from renewable sources

SB-350, the Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act of 2015, enacted Wednesday will require California to increase to 50 percent from one-third the proportion of electricity the state derives from wind, solar and other renewable sources. It also requires the state to double the energy efficiency of buildings over the next 15 years.

Brown, speaking at Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, said “California is taking the lead” on climate change, while emphasizing short-term health benefits of reducing pollution.

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USA, California: Governor Signs Bill to Boost Renewable Energy

Governor Jerry Brown signs SB350 Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act of 2015

Legislation will put the Golden State on track to generate half of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030.

USA, Nevada: Opportunities for Lithium from Geothermal Brine

Lithium Market Set To Explode – All Eyes Are On Nevada (

Artist's impression of Tesla’s upcoming battery gigafactory
While other commodities are floundering or completely collapsing in this market, lithium—the critical mineral in the emerging battery gigafactory war—is poised to explode, and going forward Nevada is emerging as the front line in this pending American lithium boom.

Most of the world’s lithium comes from Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Australia and China, but American resources being developed by new entrants into this market have set up the state of Nevada to become the key venue and proving ground for game-changing trade in this everyday mineral. Nevada is about to get a boost first from Tesla’s upcoming battery gigafactory, and then from all of its rivals.

At the end of the day, Nevada has enough lithium brine to earn it a place among the key global venues—a list that for now includes the “Lithium Triangle” of Bolivia, Argentina and Chile, as well as China.

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USA, California: Southeast Geysers Effluent Pipeline Repaired in Collaborative Effort

NCPA unites to repair damage from the Valley Fire (Gridley Herald)

One of California’s most valuable renewable energy resources—the geothermal steamfields at the Geysers—has experienced major infrastructure damage due to the Valley Fire, which started on September 12th and burned over 76,000 acres in Lake, Napa, and Sonoma Counties.

For the Northern California Power Agency (NCPA), the catastrophic fire shutdown geothermal operations for several days. Through a well-orchestrated collaborative effort, NCPA’s member utilities—including various local governments throughout Northern and Central California—provided support to help bring NCPA’s operations back online.

This work included restoring the infrastructure that supports the Southeast Geysers Effluent Pipeline, which is crucial to the geothermal operations at the Geysers as well as the effluent disposal program in Lake County. The NCPA has started an Employee Fire Relief Fund.

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Indonesia: Drilling at 80 MW Sabang Geothermal Project to Start in December

Aceh works on geothermal power plant for energy independence (Jakarta Post)

The special region of Aceh is planning to build an 80 megawatt geothermal power plant (PLTP) within three years in the town of Sabang to revive its economy, an independent power producer has said.

PT Sabang Geothermal Energy (SGE), the independent power producer (IPP) that is running the project, plans to drill in four locations at the beginning of December.

“We are still waiting for the land permits from the ministry,” PT SGE representative Nurdin said in Sabang.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Japan: Flow Test Carried Out at Hokkaido Geothermal Project

Short-term Flow Test of Exploratory Wells for Geothermal Energy Development in Amemasudake Area, Hokkaido, Japan (News Release)

Idemitsu Kosan Co.,Ltd., INPEX CORPORATION and Mitsui Oil Exploration Co., Ltd. have announced that a short-term flow test of geothermal exploratory wells have been conducted at the Amemasudake area (Akaigawa Village, Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan) as a part of the joint geothermal energy development study, underway since 2011.

The short-term flow test was started on October 1, 2015, at two of the four geothermal exploratory wells which have been drilled since 2013: geothermal exploratory well AME-1 and AME-3 were drilled in 2013 and 2015, respectively.

The purpose of the Test is to confirm in detail the capacity (the volume of steam) of the wells, underground temperature, chemical composition of the fluid, and permeability of the formation around the wells.

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USA, Hawaii: Geothermal Job Vacancy in Honolulu

Geologist II - Geothermal (Sr-28) - Oahu (

This position is located in the Department of Land and Natural Resources, Engineering Division and serves as head of the Mineral Resources Section. Salary is $5,410 to $8,008 per month.

The position is responsible for planning, directing and coordinating activities for the regulation of geothermal activities related to the exploration and development of geothermal resources, including resources assessment and protection, and environmental monitoring. The duties and responsibilities of this position include coordinating the development and implementation of plans for maintenance and disposition of state-owned or state operated geothermal wells and/or mining leases, including assessment of potential public health and safety impacts; the review of applications for geothermal well construction and mining leases; the compliance reviews of geothermal resource mining leases; and the regulatory oversight of existing geothermal operations and associated activities; and performs other related duties as assigned.

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Indonesia: Asian Development Bank Helps Geothermal Development

Geothermal, Biomass in Indonesia to Benefit from $500M Loan Program (Renewable Energy World)

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $500 million loan program that the bank said will boost efforts by the government of Indonesia to scale up renewable energy through price incentives for geothermal, biomass and small hydropower, and set up an energy efficiency marketplace, according to an Oct. 2 ADB statement.

“Indonesia’s energy sector has suffered severe underinvestment due to long-standing subsidies on fuel and electricity,” Pradeep Tharakan, senior energy specialist in ADB’s Southeast Asia regional department, said. “This has resulted in poor access to modern forms of energy despite the country’s vast energy resource endowment.”

The loan program, which includes $100 million from the ADB-administered ASEAN Infrastructure Fund, will support President Joko Widodo’s reform agenda to improve overall governance in the energy sector by lowering subsidies, adopting cost-recovery-based tariffs and boosting the performance of state-owned enterprises, such as PLN, the state-owned electrical utility, ADB said.

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Finance: The EU Bank Helps Fund Renewable Energy Projects

EIB Links Green Bonds to Projects in Push for Climate (Bloomberg)

The European Investment Bank is the first issuer to link its individual green bonds to the projects they finance in a second move to respond to the call from world leaders to scale up finance for projects related to climate change.

“Ahead of the Paris climate conference, the EIB is supporting EU’s leadership in climate policy also through innovation in the green bond market,” said Bertrand de Mazieres, director general of finance at the EIB. “Green bond issuance has grown substantially, and has the potential to contribute significantly to addressing the 2 degree Celsius target.”

The EIB’s green bonds are used for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. They fund wind, solar, hydropower, wave, tidal and geothermal electricity generation.

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Philippines: Spanish/Filipino Company to Help Manage Mindoro Geothermal Power Plant

EPI taps Fil-Spanish firm for geothermal project (The Manila Times)

Renewable energy company Emerging Power Inc. (EPI), an affiliate of Nickel Asia Corp. (NAC), has tapped a Filipino-Spanish firm for the operation of a 40 MW geothermal power plant in Naujan, Mindoro.

EPI entered into an agreement with Tamoin Industrial Services Corp. (TISCO) for the project.

Under the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), TISCO will provide engineering as well as operations and management (O&M) services for EPI during the construction of the Mindoro geothermal power plant.

TISCO is a joint venture between Tamoin group, a Spanish company based in Bilbao, northern Spain and GAAD Inc., a Filipino company based in Manila.

EPI’s Mindoro Geothermal power project has a renewable energy service contract with the Department of Energy (DOE) which is targeted to be commissioned by the first quarter of 2017.

USA, California: Commissioner Impressed With Salton Sea Geothermal

Commissioner Hochschild impressed with Senator’s Hueso tour of Salton Sea (Imperial Valley Press)

“I wasn’t aware that the geothermal here on the Salton Sea is actually the best in the whole state,” Hochschild said. “I knew it was good, but didn’t know it was that good and there is still a lot more potential to exploit that resource and produce energy from so it was good to get to see that up close.”

David Hochschild (left) and Sen. Ben Hueso (middle) listen talk to IID assistant manager of the Energy Department Michael Taylor at the EnergySource John Featherstone Geothermal Power Plant. EDWIN DELGAO PHOTO
As time flies by and there is little or no action by the state of California to find a solution for the Salton Sea, State Sen. Ben Hueso invited Commissioner of the California Energy Commission David Hochschild to a tour around the Salton Sea area to learn about the challenges and opportunities for renewable energy in Imperial Valley.

Hueso, who is the chair of the Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications for the state’s Senate, was also joined by the Imperial County Board of Supervisors and several officials from the Imperial Irrigation District including Board of Directors President Stephen Benson during Monday’s meeting and tour.

“I was just looking to learn more about the Salton Sea and the geothermal resources area and we accomplished that, it was a very fruitful tour today.” Hochschild said.

The second half of the tour included a visit to the EnergySource geothermal plant, where Director of Project Development Derek Benson gave everyone a virtual introduction of how his plant operates and had the opportunity to explain what the geothermal industry can bring and what some of the challenges ahead of them are.

“The Energy Commission manages grants for new projects, new investments, they oversee the approval of geothermal facilities as well,” Hueso said. “It was important for him (Hochschild) to see the geothermal potential we have in the Valley is going to be part of our recipe to restore the Salton Sea, also to create jobs and to create California’s energy future.”

The biggest emphasis made was how the Salton Sea area is a great area for geothermal and how much potential for growth there is.

“I wasn’t aware that the geothermal here on the Salton Sea is actually the best in the whole state,” Hochschild said. “I knew it was good, but didn’t know it was that good and there is still a lot more potential to exploit that resource and produce energy from so it was good to get to see that up close.”

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Monday, October 5, 2015

United Kingdom: Learn About Possible Geothermal Resources in Carboniferous Sediments

Lecture: The geothermal potential of Carboniferous sediments in the East Midlands (The Geological Society of London)

13 October 2015, British Geological Survey, Keyworth

Carboniferous sediments have, to date, been largely ignored when UK geothermal resource assessments have been made. Resources located within deep sedimentary Mesozoic basins, and those associated with radiothermal granites have formed the main focus of resource quantification in recent years.

There has been no attempt to formally quantify the resource located within Carboniferous sediments due to their complex structural and diagenetic history. The East Midlands Petroleum Province is the onshore extension of the Southern North Sea Basin. Oil reserves are typically found in Upper Carboniferous sandstone units, and rarely in Lower Carboniferous (Dinantian) Limestones.

Exploration within the East Midlands has led to the discovery of over 30 separate fields. In 2011, IGas PLC purchased and now operates 16 of these fields. The well records and production data that were obtained as a result of this procurement has been used to produce a first quantification of the geothermal resource held within Carboniferous strata.

Indonesia: PT Pertamina Geothermal Energy to be given advantage in development

Govt to speed up geothermal power projects (Jakarta Post)

The Indonesian government is preparing a legal instrument that will allow PT Pertamina Geothermal Energy (PGE), a subsidiary of oil and gas company Pertamina, to develop geothermal-fueled power plants without a tender.

The policy aims to speed up the development of the use of geothermal energy in power plants.

The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry’s director general for new and renewable energy and energy conservation, Rida Mulyana, confirmed the plan, saying that the regulation was expected to be completed before the end of the year.

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Africa: IRENA Report Calls for 3 GW of Geothermal Energy by 2030

Africa Can Quadruple Share of Renewable Energy by 2030 (IRENA - Press Release)

Modern renewable energy technologies could feasibly meet 22 per cent of Africa’s energy needs within 15 years

The African continent could generate nearly a quarter of its energy needs through the use of indigenous, clean, renewable energy by 2030, according to a new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Africa 2030 – a comprehensive roadmap for Africa’s energy transition – finds that a combination of modern renewable technology could realistically meet 22 per cent of Africa’s energy needs by 2030, a more than a four-fold increase from just five per cent in 2013. The report also finds that scaling up modern renewables in Africa is an affordable means to help meet fast-growing energy demand while increasing energy access, improving health and achieving sustainability goals. Download the full report.

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Science & Technology: New Mexico Professor Helps EGS Research

Research on non-polluting geothermal systems (Las Cruces Sun-News)

Tapping the natural heat of the earth may be more cost-effective and clean thanks to a research project by New Mexico State University Assistant Professor Kenneth C. Carroll and others.

Carroll is a member of a group that has published two papers related to a new area of geothermal energy, called enhanced geothermal systems (EGS). These systems are designed to enable power production in areas where conventional geothermal techniques don’t work.

The group has developed a new fracturing fluid that uses an environmentally friendly polymer to create tiny cracks in bedrock deep below the surface of the earth. The cracks provide places for water to be pumped into the rock, a process called “reservoir stimulation.” There, the heat of the earth – around 150-400 degrees Celsius at depths of 900-4,000 meters – is hot enough to turn the water to steam. The steam then can be returned to the surface and used as an energy source for power plants.

Environmentally friendly, rheoreversible, hydraulic-fracturing fluids for enhanced geothermal systems by Hongbo Shaoa, Senthil Kabilana, Sean Stephensa, Niraj Suresha, Anthon N. Becka, Tamas Vargaa, Paul F. Martina, Andrew Kuprata, Hun Bok Junga, Wooyong Uma, Alain Bonnevillea, David J. Heldebranta, Kenneth C. Carrollb, Joseph Moorec, Carlos A. Fernandeza, doi:10.1016/j.geothermics.2015.07.010 

USA, California: Abstract submission is now open for geothermal reservoir conference

Stanford Geothermal Workshop

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

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

We strongly encourage all scientists and engineers involved in geothermal reservoir technology to attend the workshop.
  • Abstract submission will open on Tues, 28th July 2015
  • Abstract submission closes Tuesday 27th October 2015
  • Notification of abstract acceptance/decline Friday 27th November 2015

Friday, October 2, 2015

USA, Washington: State's signature clean energy event

Washington's Clean Energy Conference

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

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

Included within this one conference are:

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

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

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

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

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France: Minister Continues to Support Geothermal Energy

Four draft laws to promote geothermal energy (parisdelavenir)

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

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

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

Over 1,000 Photos from the GRC Geothermal Event

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

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

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

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

GRC 2015 - GRC Fieldtrip to McGinness Hills Geothermal Plant

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

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

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

Iceland: Report from the Deep Drilling Project

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

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

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

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

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

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Photos from 2015 GRC Annual Meeting: GRC Awards Luncheon

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

GRC 2015 - GRC Awards Luncheon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Kenya: The Menengai Geothermal Energy Special Economic Zone

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

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

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

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

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

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Kenya: Manager of Climate Investment Funds Promotes Geothermal Energy

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

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

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

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

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

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

GRC 2015 - Poster Session Reception

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Photos from 2015 GRC Annual Meeting: GRC Leadership Luncheon:

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

GRC 2015 - Student Leadership Luncheon

Photos from 2015 GRC Annual Meeting: GRC Annual Banquet

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

GRC 2015 - Annual Banquet

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photos from 2015 GRC Annual Meeting: GRC International Luncheon

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

GRC 2015 - International Luncheon

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

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

Maibarara geothermal plant (Courtesy PetroEnergy)

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

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

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

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

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

GRC 2015 - GRC Fieldtrip to the Long Valley

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Costa Rica: Geothermal Helps to Cut Fossil Fuel Use

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

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

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

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

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Iceland: How renewable energy transformed the island's economy

Exploring Iceland's Clean Energy Economy (Huffington Post)

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

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

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

Photos from 2015 GRC Annual Meeting: Opening Session

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

GRC 2015 - Opening Session

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

Geothermal Exploration (Warm Springs Community Radio)

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

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

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

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Chile: Government Wants 70% Renewable Energy by 2050

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

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

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

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

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Photos from 2015 GRC Annual Meeting: Opening Reception

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

GRC 2015 - Opening Reception