Friday, May 22, 2015

Mexico:

Grupo Dragón Tiene Una Nueva Planta Geotérmica Ya Operativa En México - Grupo Dragon Reports Start of 5 MW Geothermal Plant in Mexico Later This Year (Piensa en Geotermia/ThinkGeoEnergy)

Se espera que la nueva planta geotérmica en San Pedro Lagunillas (Nayarit) duplique su producción en breve y acabe alcanzando los a 50 MW en 2 años.

The new plant in San Pedro Lagunillas (Nayarit) is expected to double its output shortly and eventually reach 50 MW in 2 years.

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Global:

Climate Investment Funding Could Leverage 2.9 GW of Geothermal Power (Fierce Energy)

Geothermal power harnesses the earth's heat to generate electricity, offering a reliable energy source that is universally available, as it does not depend on a steady supply of sun or wind. Geothermal energy is one of the lowest-cost sources of renewable electricity, and can provide both "baseload" and backup power for other renewable energy sources. Though a recent study showed that private investors are increasingly taking the geothermal plunge, most investors are still reluctant to invest in the technology because of the perceived high risk of early-stage exploration, which includes drilling and development.

"This is one of several areas in which Climate Investment Funds (CIF) investments can be game changing," said CIF Manager Mafalda Duarte. "We estimate that the CIF's concessional $746 million of financing, which leverages much more from other sources, in geothermal energy could add 2.9 gigawatts (GW) of geothermal power, equivalent to 25 percent of current global installed capacity, simply by reducing the risk to investors associated with geothermal exploration."

CIF funding is supporting some of the first large-scale geothermal development projects in Armenia, Chile, Dominica, Ethiopia, and Tanzania.

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St. Kitts and Nevis:

St. Kitts and Nevis Still Keen on Geothermal (WINN FM)

St Kitts and Nevis Energy Minister Alexis Jeffers is appealing to the public to be patient as the Nevis Island Administration works on making geothermal energy a reality. Mr. Jeffers says some progress is being made in developing geothermal.

Both the previous Nevis Reformation Party administration and the current administration have worked on realizing the production and distribution of geothermal energy in Nevis. But skeptics have doubted whether this will ever become a reality citing that lack of proven track record around the region in geothermal energy and the availability of financing.

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Science & Technology:

Radio Interview On Geothermal Power

Professor Michael Mehta from Thompson Rivers University discusses geothermal power with Justin Crewson (Policy Advisor, Canadian Geothermal Energy Association). Topics include Geothermal Power 101, power production potential across Canada and in particular in British Columbia, economics, environmental benefits and concerns, and required policy approaches to support geothermal.

New Zealand:

Executive Success: It took a While to Get up Steam (NZ Herald)

Interview with Dr Juliet Newson, President of the IGA


Dr Juliet Newson's ability to back herself has taken her to the top.

Her day job as a geothermal reservoir modelling engineer at Contact Energy has her harnessing computer power to visualise the underground steam resources of the Wairakei area.

Fronting up for opportunities - even those that may have made her feel slightly out of her depth - has also resulted in her being elected to the presidency of the International Geothermal Association, an organisation representing 5000 members across 65 countries.

Newson, who splits her time between her Auckland home and Wairakei, where she helps to manage underground geothermal systems for power production, says New Zealanders are seen globally as the experts in that field.

She was supported into the presidency by the outgoing president and fellow Kiwi, the Stanford University-based Professor Roland Horne.

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USA, California:

Geothermal is Key to Clean Energy Future (Sacramento Bee)

by Steve Ponder, Executive Director of the Geothermal Resources Council


Water boils at the surface of a pool at The Geysers,
billed as the world’s largest geothermal resource for
generating electricity. (The Press Democrat)
Gov. Jerry Brown is pursuing a goal for California to get at least 50 percent of its power from renewable energy sources by the year 2030. While the focus has been on solar and wind, geothermal is our oldest and most proven source of renewable energy, and the only source that can ensure a balanced and stable portfolio.

California’s unique geology has created underground pockets of steam and hot water that can be tapped to generate energy. The Legislature declared Thursday as Geothermal Awareness Day – a reminder that as early as the 1960s, long before attention turned to solar and wind, utilities were harvesting this form of energy to power homes and businesses throughout the state.

Ever the pioneer in alternative energy, California built the second geothermal power facility ever used in the world. Although we now value geothermal as a way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, in those early years it was valued for its reliability.

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GRC Workshop/Field-trip to Yellowstone National Park:

GRC Yellowstone National Park Workshop/Field-trip - June 22-26, 2015


Must Register by Midnight Tonight!


The GRC reminds interested individuals to sign-up for the GRC Workshop/Field-trip to Yellowstone National Park as places are filling fast. The workshop will include a tour of the major geologic features of the park, the site of the greatest concentration of geothermal features in the world, and discussions of its volcanic history, geochemistry, and hydrology.

Limited number of spaces are available. Sign-up by midnight tonight.

Workshop Leaders: Duncan Foley and Joe Moore.

The Cost of the workshop:
  • Double-Occupancy Room: $1,500 for GRC Members, $1,700 for Non-GRC Members.
  • Single-Occupancy Room: $2,050 for GRC Members, $2,250 for Non-GRC Members ($550 upgrade fee for those who have already paid for a double-occupancy room).
  • GRC Student Rate (Double-Occupancy Only): $700 (Must provide a copy of your current student ID with a valid date or a copy of your class schedule when registering).

Thursday, May 21, 2015

USA, California:

Geothermal 101 - A Presentation for Geothermal Awareness Day

Presentation to the California Energy Commission Renewable Energy Division
by Geothermal Resources Council and the Geothermal Energy Association

May 21, 2015, 2:00-4:00pm, California Energy Commission, 1516 9th Street, Hearing Room B, Sacramento, CA 95814

  • 2:00pm-2:05pm - Welcome and Introduction, Steve Ponder, Executive Director GRC
  • 2:05pm-2:15pm - Opening Remarks, Bill Blackburn, Office Manager, Renewable Energy Office, Renewable Energy Division, California Energy Commission
  • 2:15pm-2:30pm - Geothermal Energy Legislation, Terry Page, Director of Regulatory Affairs, Enel Green Power, North America
  • 2:30pm-2:40pm - Economics of Geothermal, Randy Keller, Director of Development, California Energy Company
  • 2:40pm-3:10pm - Geothermal 101, Gene Suemnicht, Partner and Geologist, Earth Geological Sciences
  • 3:10pm-3:20pm - Geothermal Drilling, Louis Capuano, III, Drilling Engineer, Capuano Engineering
  • 3:20pm-3:35pm - Geothermal Power Plant Operations, Jim Kluesener, Calpine, Vice President Geothermal Operations
  • 3:35pm-3:40pm - Closing Remarks, Commissioner Hochschild, California Energy Commissioner
  • 3:40pm-4:00pm - Final Questions and Answers, Steve Ponder
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USA:

10 Must-have Yellowstone Experiences (Billings Gazette)

There are four types of geothermal features to search out in Yellowstone: erupting, gushing geysers; colorful, bubbling hot springs; steaming, hissing fumaroles (or steam vents); and last but not least, my favorite ... gurgling, stinky mud pots.

When walking around Fountain Paint Pots, Artist Paint Pots or Mud Volcano, you will inevitably hear the question, “What smells like rotten eggs?”

That is hydrogen sulfide, a gas that alerts our noses to the presence of mud pots in the area, often times in a not-so-pleasant way. However, in my mind, hydrogen sulfide is the smell I think of when I reminisce about Yellowstone, and I love the smell for that reason. That’s why you need to seek out one of these burping, belching beauties with your family so you can share a smelly experience that you won’t soon forget.

The GRC is hosting a Workshop/Fieldtrip to Yellowstone National Park, June 22-26. The workshop will include a tour of the major geologic features of the Park, the site of the greatest concentration of geothermal features in the world, and discussions of its volcanic history, geochemistry, and hydrology.

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USA:

Heat Exchange Industry News (Geothermal Exchange Organization)

The latest GEO Industry News is now available from the Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO).

GEO Industry News is an electronic publication of GEO, the Geothermal Exchange Organization, a 501(c)(6) non-profit trade association based in Springfield, Illinois, USA that advocates the environmental, energy efficiency and economic benefits of geothermal heat pump systems for heating and cooling applications in residential, commercial, and institutional buildings in the USA.

USA, California:

Proposal For Restoration of The Salton Sea

A New Methodology for Harnessing Geothermal energy and Restoration of the Salton Sea by using the “Scientific Geothermal Technology” by Nikola N. Lakic, Architect, Founder & CEO of Geothermal Worldwide, Inc.


Included is an exemplary method for restoration of the Salton Sea, which implements the "Scientific Geothermal Technology" for exchanging water from a salty terminal lake with oceanic water and treating farmland runoff waters. 

The “Self Contained In-Ground Heat Exchanger” (SCI-GHE) system uses heat from the Salton Sea Geothermal Field (SSGF) for generation of electricity and production of fresh water. 

This method is self sustained, environmentally friendly and has great commercial potential.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

USA, California:

Carlsbad Gas Plant Aces Out Renewable Option (U-T San Diego)

Imperial Irrigation District officials offered geothermal, say it was turned away


Last month, California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Picker overruled a decision from one of his agency’s judges and said a new gas-fired power plant should be constructed on the beach in Carlsbad.

Picker’s decision was announced three weeks after one of his aides met privately with NRG Energy, the New Jersey firm behind the $2.6 billion project.

In announcing his decision, Picker said the plant is needed to replace the Encina Power Station that is scheduled to be removed from service as soon as 2018 and to make up for the loss of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, which closed prematurely in 2012 after a radiation leak.

While the greenhouse gas-emitting Carlsbad Energy Center is scheduled to be reconsidered at a commission hearing on Thursday, years-long efforts to promote development of geothermal power in Imperial County have not received as much support from state policymakers.

The Imperial Irrigation District board last week voted unanimously to hire lawyers to pursue civil action against the utilities commission and the California Independent System Operator, the nonprofit manager of most power transmission.

“If they had a level playing field, we could build out 1,400 megawatts and then some of the untapped, known geothermal resources in and around the Salton Sea,” district General Manager Kevin Kelley said.

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USA, California:

Salton Sea Geology - Geothermal Mud Pots  (Palomar TV)

Short video about the geothermal properties of the Salton Sea region.


USA:

FORGE: The Next Frontier of Renewable Energy (EERE)

The Energy Department recently announced the teams selected for negotiation for Phase 1 of the Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE).

FORGE is a dedicated site where the scientific community can develop and test enhanced geothermal system (EGS) technologies in a permitted and drilled test field, with the end goal of creating market-ready, renewable energy. EGS, unlike natural geothermal systems, are engineered geothermal reservoirs beneath the surface of the Earth, where there is hot rock but limited pathways through which fluid can flow. During EGS development, underground fluid pathways are created and their size and connectivity increased. Through these enhanced pathways, fluid can flow throughout the hot rock, heat up to hundreds of degrees, and channel the abundant heat source to the surface to generate electricity.

USA, Nevada:

AltaRock Yieldco Acquires the Blue Mountain Geothermal Power Plant (News Release)

Baseload Clean Energy Partners (BCEP), a yieldco owned and operated by AltaRock Energy, is announcing the acquisition of Blue Mountain Power LLC. Located in northern Nevada, Blue Mountain Power owns the 49.5 MW Faulkner 1 geothermal power plant supplying electricity to Nevada’s public utility, NV Energy. BCEP is purchasing 100% of the equity, plus the assumption of remaining debt, for an undisclosed sum from EIG Global Energy Partners. The company is planning an improvement program to increase the plant
output.

Baseload Clean Energy Partners was established for the purpose of building the leading portfolio of clean, baseload power assets by leveraging the unique advantages of next generation enhanced geothermal energy (EGS). Faulkner 1 is Nevada’s second largest geothermal plant and contributes to BCEP’s overall goal of acquiring projects that benefit substantially from improvements using more advanced technology.

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GRC Workshop/Field-trip to Yellowstone National Park:

GRC Yellowstone National Park Workshop/Field-trip - June 22-26, 2015


Must Register by Friday, May 22nd


The GRC reminds interested individuals to sign-up for the GRC Workshop/Field-trip to Yellowstone National Park as places are filling fast. The workshop will include a tour of the major geologic features of the park, the site of the greatest concentration of geothermal features in the world, and discussions of its volcanic history, geochemistry, and hydrology.

Limited number of spaces are available. Sign-up by Friday.

Workshop Leaders: Duncan Foley and Joe Moore.

The Cost of the workshop:
  • Double-Occupancy Room: $1,500 for GRC Members, $1,700 for Non-GRC Members.
  • Single-Occupancy Room: $2,050 for GRC Members, $2,250 for Non-GRC Members ($550 upgrade fee for those who have already paid for a double-occupancy room).
  • GRC Student Rate (Double-Occupancy Only): $700 (Must provide a copy of your current student ID with a valid date or a copy of your class schedule when registering).

USA, California:

Los Angeles DWP Commissioners Vote to Sell Holdings in Coal-fired Navajo Generating Plant (KPCC)

Will be replaced by an even larger amount of more solar and geothermal energy - official says


Navajo Generating Station in Arizona
(Courtesy SQUEAKS2569/FLICKR)
Water and Power Commissioners in Los Angeles have approved a sale of the city’s interests in the coal-fired Navajo Generating Station in Arizona. The vote will cut LA’s coal interests by a quarter, and represents a significant step towards a goal of total divestment from coal set by former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in 2013.

Selling out of the Navajo plant has become less costly to ratepayers than keeping LA’s interests in it, says DWP’s Mike Webster. “The coal costs are going up. The operations and maintenance are also going up,” he says. “By us divesting now, it actually reduces the impact on ratepayers.”

Webster says 477 megawatts of coal energy that come down transmission lines to light up LA soon will be replaced by an even larger amount of more solar and geothermal energy.

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USA, Hawaii:

Puna Geothermal Venture Finishes Drilling New Well (Hawaii Tribune-Herald)

Geothermal plant reaches heated rock at depth of 5,700 feet


Puna Geothermal Venture finished drilling a new well earlier this month intended to offset a drop in production at the 38-megawatt power plant outside Pahoa. PGV reached rock heated by geothermal activity along Kilauea’s East Rift Zone at a depth of 5,700 feet May 3 after about three months of drilling, said Mike Kaleikini, senior director of Hawaiian Affairs for Ormat Technologies, PGV’s parent company.

The exact temperature of the rock isn’t yet known, but most active wells average about 600 degrees, he said. PGV next will work to connect the well to the power plant. Kaleikini said that should be done by about mid-August. Until then, it won’t be known how productive the well will be, he said. “We’re hopeful in August we will be able to gauge what the new well is capable of.

The power plant is producing 26 MW of electricity. It has a contract with Hawaii Electric Light Co. to produce 38 MW.

USA, Nevada:

A Troubled Geothermal Plant Finds a Savior in a Startup and Vinod Khosla (Fortune Magazine)

AltaRock has bought the Blue Mountain Faulkner geothermal power plant and are implementing a plan to bring the capacity back up to 50 megawatts


“Blue Mountain”  by Ryan Nelson, Winnemucca, Nevada
As of last Thursday, the Blue Mountain Faulkner geothermal power plant finally has a new owner with a new plan to get it back up and running at full capacity. Tech startup AltaRock Energy has officially acquired the plant using its new project arm Baseload Clean Energy Partners, which has an anchor investor in venture capitalist Vinod Khosla, AltaRock Energy CEO Aaron Mandell told Fortune in an exclusive interview. Khosla’s involvement in Baseload is from his personal funds and not from Khosla Ventures.

AltaRock’s tech facelift of the Blue Mountain plant represents a bridge between the geothermal industry’s past and its potential future. In 2014, EIG, who took ownership of Blue Montain from Nevada Geothermal Power (NGP), hired AltaRock to improve the site with its technology and potentially bring it back up to capacity. Mandell told Fortune that the company has already been able to halt the temperature decline, and boost the energy capacity back up to 40 megawatts.

But now AltaRock bought the site and are implementing a plan to bring the capacity back up to 50 megawatts using hydroshearing in the first stage, and potentially drilling in the second stage.

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Kenya:

UNEP Considering Establishing Geothermal Center of Excellence in Kenya (Capital FM)

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is considering establishing an African regional geothermal hub in Kenya to be used as a center of excellence for the rest of the world.

Speaking during a panel on renewable energy during the German Week, UNEP Program Manager ARGeo Dr Meseret Zemedkun said Kenya was successfully embracing renewable energy sources making it an exemplary country in the use of geothermal power in Africa and the West.


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Mexico:

Mexico to Launch Geothermal Licence Auction in August (SeeNews Renewables)

(Courtesy CIA.gov)
Mexico expects to launch its first auction of geothermal power concessions in August after reserving some fields for national utility Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE), deputy electricity minister Cesar Hernandez said Tuesday.

In July, the government will take a decision on CFE's request to retain several geothermal sites. In the same month, the state will publish rules for the electricity market in line with the energy reform, providing legal security to investors in the power sector.

Apart from the auctions, the government will be ready to consider private requests for other geothermal fields, depending on the investor's financial capacity, Hernandez added.

As part of incentives, Mexico will develop a risk mitigation program involving guarantee and insurance schemes to reduce uncertainty linked to geothermal exploration and encourage private investments. The program is expected to generate 300 MW in a six-year period.

CFE already has some 900 MW geothermal power in operation.

USA, Arizona:

Arizona Public Service Will Join California Energy Imbalance Market (Utility Dive)

Arizona Public Service (APS), Arizona’s largest and longest-serving electricity utility, has reached a deal to join the growing Energy Imbalance Market in the west, a move which could save customers $7 million to $18 million a year, according to an assessment by Energy and Environmental Economics. Current EIM participants will benefit by $3 million to $6.5 million annually, in addition the benefits they already realize, the analysis also found.

Based in Phoenix, APS serves more than 1 million customers in Arizona and asked the consulting firm to run analysis on what joining the market would mean. The firm has done similar studies for NV Energy, which will join the market later this year, and Puget Sound, which is also considering the move.

The new market allows for rebalancing supply and demand in 15-minute blocks with dispatching every five minutes before  energy is needed.

APS contracts for 10 megawatts of geothermal energy from the CalEnergy CE Energy Turbo plant in Calipatria, California.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Japan:

Kyushu Electric, Mitsubishi to Build 15 MW Geothermal Plant (Nikkei)

Kyushu Electric Power and Mitsubishi Corp. are partnering to build a geothermal power plant in the village of Minamiaso in Kumamoto Prefecture within the Aso Caldera, one of the largest volcanic calderas in the world.

The plant will supply the prefecture with about 15 MW of electricity, once built by fiscal 2029.

USA, Alaska:

Senate Energy Committee Highlights Alaska's Use of Geothermal Energy and Other Renewable Technologies (Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee Republicans)

Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee Chairman Lisa Murkowski questioned Mr. Brent Sheets, Deputy Director, Alaska Center for Energy and Power at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, on Alaska's continued advancement and use of renewable energy technologies, especially geothermal energy.

Indonesia:

Govt to Boost Spending on Renewable Energy Development (Jakarta Post)

However a better disbursement system of the funding to geothermal energy developers needs to be established.


(Courtesy CIA.gov)
Abadi Poernomo, the chairman of the Indonesian Geothermal Association said “There is currently a geothermal fund managed by the Government Investment Center [PIP] which then lends the allocated money to developers. However, no developers use the fund because they don’t want to pay the interest the PIP charges,” he said.

The government is currently working to merge the PIP with the state infrastructure financing company Sarana Multi Infrastruktur (SMI) after it discovered that the PIP was unable to function optimally in various investment financing scenarios.

PIP has Rp 3.2 trillion in allocation for geothermal funding, according to SMI president director Emma Sri Martini. Should the merger plan be executed, SMI will manage the geothermal funding allocation. However, Emma argued that rather than disbursing the funds itself, SMI should involve the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry.

“We have to think of new mechanisms for this funding because the realization of disbursement of the funding is zero. The ministry has a geology unit that can use the funds for exploration work and when it has data on the geothermal potential, developers can have the access,” Emma said.

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Australia:

Renewable Energy Target is Set at 33,000 Gigawatts (Government News)

The Abbott government initially wanted to reduce the target to 26,000 gigawatt hours


The Australian Federal government and Labor have finally struck a deal on the Renewable Energy Target (RET) following 15 months of heated negotiations.

The bipartisan deal has set the RET at 33,000 gigawatts, lower than the 41,000 gigawatts Labor wanted, exempted trade-exposed industries such as aluminium smelting from the target and called for annual reports from the Clean Energy Regulator on the impact of the scheme on electricity prices and progress towards the target.

The deal had been consistently stymied by the federal government’s insistence that the target be reviewed every two years, a move staunchly opposed by Labor with Shadow Environment Minister Mark Butler calling it “a reckless idea” that would smash investor confidence in the renewable energy sector.

Despite the RET being lowered, Environment Minister Greg Hunt maintains that the original aim of ensuring that 20 per cent of Australia’s energy came from renewables by 2020 will be met and possibly exceeded.  He said the target was effectively 23.5 per cent under the new agreement.

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Global:

Pew: Clean Energy Investment Shifting to Developing Nations (PR Newswire - News Release)

Kenya accounted for nearly all of the additional geothermal plants and investment.


Investment in and deployment of electricity infrastructure is shifting from the industrialized economies of the Northern Hemisphere to the developing economies collectively known as the "global south" and from fossil fuels toward clean energy, according to research released today by The Pew Charitable Trusts.

The report, Power Shifts—Emerging Clean Energy Markets, examines clean energy investment and deployment trends in developing countries. The report finds that 100 nations outside of the Group of 20 and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development attracted a total of $62 billion in clean energy investment from 2009 to 2013, much of it in a relatively small number of countries. In fact, almost half (45 percent) of the total five-year investment, $27.9 billion, occurred in 10 markets, where clean energy capacity grew by 91 percent, three times faster than any other supply option, over the five years.

"Developing countries are prioritizing solar, wind, and other renewable energy sources in order to reduce energy poverty, power economic progress, enhance national security by reducing imports, and protect the environment," said Phyllis Cuttino, director of Pew's clean energy initiative.

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Philippines:

Four Companies Vie for Unified Leyte Geothermal Power Contract (PSALM - News Release)

The state-run Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. (PSALM) successfully held pre-bid conferences on May 5 for its selection and appointment of the Independent Power Producer Administrators (IPPAs) for the Bulk Energy of the Unified Leyte Geothermal Power Plants (ULGPP Bulk).

The investor groups eyeing the ULGPP Bulk IPPA are SPC Power Corp., Therma Central Visayas Inc., Trans-Asia Oil and Energy Development Corp. and Unified Leyte Geothermal Energy Inc.

The ULGPP is composed of the 125-MW Upper Mahiao, 232.5-MW Malitbog and 180-MW Mahanagdong power plants, and the 51-MW optimization plants.

The ULGPP is covered by Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) between the National Power Corp. (Napocor) and the Energy Development Corp. (EDC).

The bidding and bid evaluation for the Unified Leyte Geothermal Power is on August 12.

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Global:

EIA Launches Redesigned International Energy Portal (EIA)


On May 18, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) launched a beta version of a redesigned International Energy Portal designed to help users access international energy data and to provide new and expanded tools and capabilities to examine trends in global energy markets.

  • Increased access to data. 
  • New user-driven customization. 
  • New data visualization features. 
  • Improved access to international analysis. 
  • Enhanced data downloads. 

USA, California:

What a 50% Renewables Mandate Means for California (Utility Dive)

A new report says billions of dollars in clean energy development could be unlocked


In moving to a 50% by 2030 renewables mandate, California leaders want more of what they got from their 33% by 2020 standard.

Numbers on the existing 33% target are still coming in, but getting to just over 15% renewables from 2002 to 2012 added 196,000 jobs, a 20% increase, according to analysis from clean energy think tank Next 10. At the same time, the state’s overall economy was adding jobs at a 2% rate.

By the middle of 2014, according to the group, the state was at 23% renewables, its average residential electricity bill had dropped 4% from 1990, and its average industrial electricity bill had dropped 57%.

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USA, California:

Climate Change Threatens Electric Power Supply in California, Report Warns (The Guardian)

By 2050 extended years of drought could lead to an electricity shortage as well as a water shortage, according to new study released Monday


Californians may have to start rationing more than water, including how much they turn on their lights and how often they use their hairdryers.

By 2050, extended years of drought in the state could lead to an electricity shortage as well as a water shortage, according to a study published on Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change.

In the study, Arizona State University authors Matthew Bartos and Mikhail Chester found that almost half (46%) of 978 electric power stations in the western US should expect to face a decrease in electricity generating capacity by “mid-century”, a timeframe coined as 2040 to 2060, due to climate change.

Renewable technologies were found to be more resilient to the effects of climate change, suggesting that a greater shift towards renewables may not just help diminish greenhouse gas emission, but may also help create a more climate-resistant power infrastructure.

Monday, May 18, 2015

USA, California:

Geothermal 101 - A Presentation for Geothermal Awareness Day

Presentation to the California Energy Commission Renewable Energy Division
by Geothermal Resources Council and the Geothermal Energy Association

May 21, 2015, 2:00-4:00pm, California Energy Commission, 1516 9th Street, Hearing Room B, Sacramento, CA 95814

  • 2:00pm-2:05pm - Welcome and Introduction, Steve Ponder, Executive Director GRC
  • 2:05pm-2:15pm - Opening Remarks, Bill Blackburn, Office Manager, Renewable Energy Office, Renewable Energy Division, California Energy Commission
  • 2:15pm-2:30pm - Geothermal Energy Legislation, Terry Page, Director of Regulatory Affairs, Enel Green Power, North America
  • 2:30pm-2:40pm - Economics of Geothermal, Randy Keller, Director of Development, California Energy Company
  • 2:40pm-3:10pm - Geothermal 101, Gene Suemnicht, Partner and Geologist, Earth Geological Sciences
  • 3:10pm-3:20pm - Geothermal Drilling, Louis Capuano, III, Drilling Engineer, Capuano Engineering
  • 3:20pm-3:35pm - Geothermal Power Plant Operations, Jim Kluesener, Calpine, Vice President Geothermal Operations
  • 3:35pm-3:40pm - Closing Remarks, Commissioner Hochschild, California Energy Commissioner
  • 3:40pm-4:00pm - Final Questions and Answers, Steve Ponder
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Kenya:

Akiira Geothermal Limited Job Opportunities

Akiira Geothermal Limited (AGL) is a private company seeking to carry out exploration drilling leading to the construction of a 70 MW Geothermal Power Plant in the Greater Olkaria Geothermal Area (GOGA), immediately to the south of the Olkaria  Domes Area. The Akiira geothermal prospect is located approximately 127km  west  of Nairobi and 12km south of the existing Olkaria geothermal plant.

Akiira seeks to recruit experienced scientists, engineers and technicians. Applications should be sent either by email to recruitment@akiiraone.com on or before 22 May 2015 at 4:00PM

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GRC Workshop/Field-trip to Yellowstone National Park:

GRC Yellowstone National Park Workshop/Field-trip - June 22-26, 2015

Must Register by Friday, May 22nd


The GRC reminds interested individuals to sign-up for the GRC Workshop/Field-trip to Yellowstone National Park as places are filling fast. The workshop will include a tour of the major geologic features of the park, the site of the greatest concentration of geothermal features in the world, and discussions of its volcanic history, geochemistry, and hydrology.

Limited number of spaces are available. Sign-up by Friday.

Workshop Leaders: Duncan Foley and Joe Moore.

The Cost of the workshop:
  • Double-Occupancy Room: $1,500 for GRC Members, $1,700 for Non-GRC Members.
  • Single-Occupancy Room: $2,050 for GRC Members, $2,250 for Non-GRC Members ($550 upgrade fee for those who have already paid for a double-occupancy room).
  • GRC Student Rate (Double-Occupancy Only): $700 (Must provide a copy of your current student ID with a valid date or a copy of your class schedule when registering).
The price will include bus transportation and 4 nights DOUBLE-OCCUPANCY accommodation in West Yellowstone. Also included are 4 lunches, one reception, trip materials and one dinner. NOT included are the cost of flights to/from, and accommodation in Salt Lake City on June 21st and 26th, and the cost of breakfasts each day and 3 dinners.

For payment options, including a deposit to reserve your place, please contact the GRC office for more details.

Highlights include:
GRC Workshop Registration Flyer
GRC Workshop Registration Form

For more up to date information and agenda, please visit the GRC Website. For any questions or concerns, please contact Anh Lay by email at alay@geothermal.org or by phone at (530) 758-2360 ext. 100.

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USA, Africa:

African Delegation Exchanges Knowledge with Top Geothermal Experts (NREL)

Tapping into 14,000 megawatts of geothermal potential in eastern Africa is the focus one new collaboration at National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).  

Six visitors from Djibouti, Ethiopia, and Kenya, capped their trip to Colorado on Friday, May 15, with meetings and tours at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. The African delegation spent the week at the DOE Geothermal Technologies Office Peer Review in Westminster, Colo.

East Africa is one key area with substantial geothermal energy potential along the East African Rift System (EARS). Experts believe the EARS system promises to be one of the world's greatest sources of geothermal power.

"Kenya and Ethiopia have substantial geothermal power production, big plans for future development, and excellent exploration prospects along the EARS," said Charlie Visser, NREL principal geologist. "Djibouti is planning to develop a very large geothermal system as well.

"Geothermal development along EARS will make a huge contribution to electrification and reduction in power cost in this part of the world with obvious social and economic benefits," he added.

Technology:

Deep Heat: Geothermal Energy an Earthly Power to be Reckoned With (WA Today)

Take a moment to peer down at the ground: deep beneath you hides an almost inexhaustible supply of low-carbon and completely sustainable energy.

Geothermal energy is a largely untapped but universally available and renewable resource with the potential to significantly reduce reliance on fossil fuels, the main cause of human-induced global warming.

This is vitally important because  if global warming is to be limited to 2 degrees above pre-industrial levels, humankind cannot afford to burn more than a quarter of the world's remaining reserves of fossil fuel, researchers say.

Most efforts to switch to alternative forms of energy have concentrated on solar and wind power, both of which have key drawbacks: they work only when the sun shines or the wind blows.

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Hungary:

PannErgy Reports Increased Geothermal Energy Revenue (Budapest Business Journal)

Hungarian geothermal-energy company PannErgy had consolidated net earnings of HUF 118 mln in the first quarter of this year in spite of a decrease in the selling price of thermal energy and high electricity prices, state news agency MTI reported.

Sales of thermal energy from the Miskolc geothermal project were up, generating revenue of HUF 700 mln,  an increase of 11% from last year. Direct cost of sales rose to HUF 615 mln from HUF 502 mln.

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USA:

GEA Tallies 11.5-12.3 GW of Geothermal Energy Capacity and Over 630 Projects Under Development (GEA)


The U.S. Geothermal Energy Association today released a new publication highlighting the continued growth and development of the international market for geothermal power. The report, The International Geothermal Market At a Glance, provides a snapshot of the nearly 80 countries moving forward with over 630 geothermal power projects.

The report shows the global reach of geothermal power with an illustrative graphic depicting the countries with already installed geothermal power capacity and/or developing projects. It also provides a brief overview of the global market by region, emphasizing the number and expanse of developing projects worldwide.

Notable highlights of today’s geothermal market include a total 11.5-12.3 GW of capacity on-line as of the end of 2014 and over 630 projects under development dispersed throughout 80 countries. Marked growth is shown in Chile, Indonesia, Germany, Japan, Kenya, the Philippines and Turkey, each boasting 20-60 geothermal power projects in development. North America and the South Pacific show current market dominance at operating capacities of 4,553 MW and 4,318 MW, respectively.

The International Geothermal Market At a Glance (PDF)
International Developing Geothermal Power Project List (PDF)

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USA, Washington:

35th Anniversary of the Eruption of Mount St. Helens (Washington State Geology News)

The months and days leading up to the May 18, 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens were tense and filled with a sense of unknown. Few people really knew that there were giant volcanoes in their backyard, and fewer yet had ever seen such a volcano erupt.

As news and images of the eruption began to circulate, people across the world really began to understand what a volcano can do. The giant ash cloud rose in to the sky, blocking the sun, disrupting flights across the country, and raining shards of volcanic glass and ash across much of Washington and other western states.

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USA:

U.S. Power Sector CO2 Emissions Expected to Increase Through 2040 (EIA)

Although U.S. carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions associated with electricity generation have fallen from the 2005 level, they are projected to increase in the coming decades, based on analysis in EIA's Annual Energy Outlook 2015 (AEO2015) that reflects current laws and regulations, and therefore does not include proposed rules such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan.

In 2013, CO2 emissions from electricity generation accounted for 38% of the total energy-related CO2 emitted. Since 2005, the substitution of natural gas for coal as well as increases in renewable and nuclear generation helped to reduce these emissions. Increased energy efficiency in homes and business led to lower electricity demand growth, reducing the need to generate electricity.

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USA, District of Columbia:

18th Annual Congressional Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency EXPO and Policy Forum

Thursday, July 9, 2015, 9:30 A.M. – 4:30 P.M., Washington, D.C., Cannon House Office Building

The 18th Annual Congressional Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency EXPO and Policy Forum will bring together more than 40 businesses, sustainable energy industry trade associations, and government agencies to showcase the status and growth patterns of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.

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

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USA, California:

California’s Economy is World’s Second Greenest (SF Gate)

The Golden State has the world’s second least carbon-intensive economy


California not only leads the nation in the fight against climate change — in some ways it leads the world. The Golden State has the world’s second least carbon-intensive economy, according to a new study from public policy group Next 10. Only France, with its large fleet of nuclear power plants, emits fewer greenhouse gases for each dollar (or euro) of economic activity.

California has more electric cars than any other state or country, leads the world in clean-technology investment and boasts a fast-growing fleet of renewable power plants.

And according to the report, the state’s economy has continued to grow as its emissions have shrunk. From 1990 through 2012, California’s greenhouse gas emissions shrank by 25 percent per person — largely the result of more efficient homes, appliances and cars — while per capita gross domestic product rose 37 percent.

“I think of California as a model for other countries,” said venture capitalist F. Noel Perry, who founded Next 10. Much of the credit, he said, goes to California policies that emphasize energy efficiency and boost renewable power.

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

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Friday, May 15, 2015

USA, Idaho:

U.S. Geothermal Inc. Reports First Quarter 2015 Results (CNN Money - News Release)

U.S. Geothermal Inc. announced today its financial and operating results for the First 3 months ending March 31, 2015, reaffirmed guidance for 2015, and highlighted notable achievements for the First Three Months.

Revenue for the First Three Months of 2015 was $8.47 million, compared to $8.50 million for the prior year period.

"We are very pleased with the high availability of our operating plants during this first quarter, with corresponding financial results fully meeting our expectations," said Dennis Gilles, U.S. Geothermal's Chief Executive Officer. "Starting the year with a strong quarter, in spite of the unseasonably warm weather experienced during this first quarter, positions us well for achieving the financial results provided as guidance. This continuing strong operational and financial condition supports our continued growth of the company; both from developing our internal project pipeline and through strategic acquisitions."

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Commonwealth of Dominica:

PM Skerrit Reports on Geothermal Project (GIS Dominica)

Hon. Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit says a lot has been accomplished for the advancement of the geothermal energy project. He revealed that consultations have been held with officials of Dominica’s electricity company, DOMLEC. He said, “DOMLEC is going to be a critical partner in the delivery of energy from geothermal [resources] because they will be involved in the distribution. This is important even before commencing the construction of the geothermal plant.

“The Geothermal Bill has been approved by the Ministry of Energy and the Attorney-General’s office,” he said. He explained that the Government has delayed the Bill’s presentation to the House since it wishes to review the document based on observations made by some stakeholders. The review will determine whether these observations fit in with Government’s policies or would change those policies. “Once we can make that determination, then the coast will be clear to advance the geothermal project.”

The Prime Minister added that Cabinet has decided to contract a US $50m loan from the World Bank to finance the project.

Kenya:

Geothermal: Ormat Technologies Energizing Kenya


Geothermal: Ormat Technologies Energizing Kenya by CallumBurgess

Philippines:

Geothermal Energy Output Helps Increase EDC’s Core Net Income (Manila Standard Today)

Energy Development Corp. said Friday consolidated recurring net income attributable to equity holders of parent First Gen Corp. rose 14 percent in the first quarter to P2.5 billion from P2.2 billion in the same period last year.

EDC said in a statement to the stock exchange the increase in core net income was led by higher energy sales of the Bacman geothermal plants and the newly-commissioned Nasulo geothermal project.

EDC said inclusive of non-recurring items, consolidated net income attributable to equity holders of the parent rose 4 percent to P2.5 billion from P2.4 billion a year ago.

USA:

Nuclear Power Seems Doomed to Dwindle in the U.S. (Scientific American)


There are currently four reactors under construction in the U.S., and one new reactor—conceived in the 1970s and taking decades to complete—will open soon at the Tennessee Valley Authority's Watts Bar power plant in Tennessee. But that will not be enough to replace all the reactors retiring for economic or age-related reasons, including the Oyster Creek station in New Jersey—the nation's oldest operating power reactor—which will cease fission in 2019. As a result, the amount of electricity produced by nuclear power plants in the U.S. continues to drop, replaced in many cases by burning natural gas, which results in more air pollution. Now, the nation's reactors produce only a little more than 60 percent of low-carbon electricity in the U.S., a percentage that looks set to dwindle.

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

USA, Texas:

SMU Conference to Promote Technology, Economics of Geothermal Production in Oil and Gas Fields (phys.org - News Release)


Southern Methodist University (SMU)'s renowned Geothermal Laboratory will host its seventh international energy conference and workshop on the SMU campus May 19-20. The conference is designed to promote transition of oil and gas fields to electricity-producing geothermal systems by harnessing waste heat and fluids from both active and abandoned fields.

More than 200 professionals - ranging from members of the oil and gas service industry, reservoir engineers, to geothermal energy entrepreneurs, to lawyers - are expected to attend "Power Plays: Geothermal Energy in Oil and Gas Fields" Topics of discussion will include:
  • Power generation from flare gas
  • Power generation from waste-heat and geothermal fluids
  • Research updates on induced seismicity, as well as onshore and offshore thermal maturation
  • Play Fairway Analysis - a subsurface mapping technique used to identify prospective geothermal resources
  • Technology updates.

Global:

GRC Twitter Feed Reaches 2,000 Followers!

The Twitter feed of the Geothermal Resources Council has reached 2,000 Followers!

Launched in June 2011, The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) has posted more than 7,200 Tweets, short 140-character messages, on the GRC Twitter page attracting over 2,000 followers and follows the news and information from over 1,600 sources.

As the premier information and education association in the global geothermal energy community, the GRC is the trusted source for the latest geothermal energy news.

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