Saturday, October 22, 2016

USA, Utah: Tremendous Potential for Geothermal Energy in the Beehive State

Steamy and hot Utah: Geothermal power leases return after 6-year hiatus (Deseret News)

Utah is among three states in the West with federal lands boasting vast geothermal resources that are part of an upcoming auction to turn on emission free, baseload power.

The Bureau of Land Management said it will hold a competitive geothermal lease sale later this month in Sacramento (next Wednesday, after the GRC Annual Meeting & GEA GeoExpo+), offering parcels in California, Nevada and Utah. For Utah, it will be the first time federal geothermal resources have been up for bid in six years.

A total of 15,782 acres of public lands in the Beaver and Milford area will be offered as part of the U.S. Department of Interior's goal of developing 10,000 megawatts of non-hydro renewable energy.

Utah already produces 59 megawatts of energy from geothermal resources, but at least a dozen projects are in some stage of development that could produce more emissions-free power generation. One of the state's two power generating stations that use geothermal — Cove Fort — is part of an exploratory expansion project that could amp production, according to an announcement made in 2015.

Photos from GRC Workshops at the Geothermal Energy Event of the Year

GRC Workshops at the GRC Annual Meeting

GRC 2016 - Workshops

Djibouti: Developing Geothermal Energy Key to Boosting Economy

Geothermal Energy At The Center Of Djibouti’s Renewable Transformation (

Authorities in Djibouti are working to increase the share of renewables in the energy mix, with a particular focus on harnessing the country’s plentiful geothermal resources.

In early August Djibouti’s Office of Development of Geothermal Energy inked a memorandum of understanding with Japanese conglomerate Toshiba to develop some 50 MW of geothermal energy projects across the country.

Under the terms of the agreement, Toshiba will provide guidance for power plant operations and management, coordinate the development and supply of geothermal generation systems, and train local personnel.

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Iceland: 'Thor's Hammer' Helps Geothermal Deep Drilling Project

Iceland is using 'Thor's hammer'  to harness the power of MAGMA: Drilling rig begins work on 3 mile hole to harvest geothermal energy (Daily Mail)

Iceland is using 'Thor' (pictured) to harvest geothermal energy. The Iceland Deep Drilling Project's rig is drilling three miles into old lava flows in Reykjanes with the hopes of producing the hottest hole in the world with temperatures anywhere between 752 and 1832 °F
Iceland relies on geothermal for 65 percent of its energy and one group is using 'Thor' to harvest more of this power source.

The Iceland Deep Drilling Project's rig is drilling three miles into old lava flows of  Reykjanes, with the hopes of producing the hottest hole in the world - temperatures between 752°F and 1832 °F.

If successful, experts believe this achievement 'could lead to a revolution in the energy efficiency of high-temperature geothermal areas worldwide.'

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Friday, October 21, 2016

The Geothermal Energy Event of the Year is Almost Ready!

GRC Annual Meeting & GEA GeoExpo+

We're getting ready to welcome the global geothermal community!

3rd Floor lobby of the Sacramento Convention Center, Sacramento, California, USA

Australia: Geodynamics to Lose Geo Tag

Geodynamics changes focus to solar, storage and hybrid energy (RenewEconomy)

ASX-listed Australian geothermal hopeful Geodynamics has announced plans to change its name and principal focus and turn its attention to solar PV, battery storage and hybrid energy systems.

The company became famous for its efforts to generate energy from South Australian geothermal “deeps” – and even though the efforts were successful, they could not be done at a cost that could compete on the market.

It will now be known as ReNu Energy, and its new focus comes less than two months after the company closed and remediated the sites of several geothermal test wells and generation plants in South Australia’s Cooper Basin, after deciding they were not financially viable.

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Netherlands: Geothermal District Heating Project by Early 2018

Groningen geothermal project aimed at carbon neutral goal (Decentralized Energy)

Groningen is the site of an ambitious geothermal district heating project, part of an overarching initiative to make the Dutch city energy neutral by 2035.

IF Technology and Denmark-based Ross Offshore DK are partnering on servicing the project.

Both firms aim to combine their expertise for the work on this project together with the experts of WarmteStad (Thermal City). Specifically, the partners aim to work on drilling, well management and engineering. The expectation is that the geothermal project is realized between late 2017 and early 2018.

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United Kingdom, Iceland: Cable to Deliver Geothermal Energy to UK Could be Delayed by European Exit

Iceland-UK power interconnector delayed by Brexit (Power Engineering International)

A power interconnector, which would, at 1,000 KM be the world’s longest, is facing delays as a result of the decision by Britain to withdraw from the European Union.

The head of Icelandic utility Landsvirkjun has told Reuters in an interview that Brexit is impacting on the status of the 1 GW link which will bring geothermal power from Iceland to UK.

The two governments agreed last year to jointly study building the (EUR3.5bn), 1,000-kilometre-long IceLink cable that would power some 1.6 million UK homes.

"In the long-term there is no change in their interest (in importing power from Iceland), but it (Brexit) will definitely delay it, because they have to focus on other things now," Landsvirkjun boss Hordur Arnarson told Reuters.

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Iceland: Geothermal Deep Drilling Project Drilling 5 Kilometers into the Crust

Iceland drills hottest hole to tap into energy of molten magma (Greentech Media)

(Courtesy Statoil)
Drilling into hot rocks to tap geothermal energy is one thing. Drilling deep enough to tap the energy from magma oozing into volcanoes is quite another, offering a massive increase in the potential to exploit Earth’s inner heat.

That is the task of a rig now drilling 5 kilometres into the rugged landscape of old lava flows in Reykjanes, at the south-west corner of Iceland. Drilling began on 12 August.

By the end of the year, the Iceland Deep Drilling Project (IDDP) hopes to have created the hottest hole in the world, hitting temperatures anywhere between 400 and 1000 °C.

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Workshop at Geothermal Resources Council AM Today

Reservoir Stimulation:
Recent Field Practices, Monitoring Techniques and Theoretical/Laboratory Investigations

Friday & Saturday, October 21 & 22
Hyatt Regency Hotel - Carmel              8am - 5pm
  • Ahmad Ghassemi, University of Oklahoma
  • Sabodh Garg, Program Manager - Resource Technology at Leidos
The purpose of the Reservoir Stimulation workshop is to provide a platform for in-depth review and discussion of recent EGS field experiences and to provide the attendees a good knowledge regarding recent advances in monitoring technologies and advances in theoretical, laboratory and numerical modeling pertaining to reservoir stimulation. While the workshop will emphasize education, it will incorporate the latest research findings and practical experiences in geothermal and shale reservoirs. The workshop instructors are experts from geothermal and petroleum industry, academic institutions, and National Labs.

Speakers include: Bruce Julian, Carl Montgomery, Colin Williams, Davood Bahami, Derek Elsworth, Eva Schill, Francois Cornet, George Danko, Gillian Foulger, Joe Moore, John McLennan, John Pritchett, Joshua Tarun, Robert Podgorney, Steve Bauer, Susan Petty, Thordur Runolfsson, Timothy Kneafsey, and Trenton Cladouhos.

Workshop at Geothermal Resources Council AM Today

Conceptual Models of Geothermal Systems

Friday & Saturday, October 21 & 22

Sacramento Convention Center - Room 313                8am - 5pm

Speakers and coaches include: William Cumming, Independent Consultant; John Murphy, Geothermal Science; Glenn Melosh, Independent Consultant; Elisabeth Easley, Thermochem; Peter Stelling, Western Washington; University; Max Wilmarth, Geologica; Dick Benoit, Independent Consultant; Richard Gunderson, Chevron.

Best practice publications in the geothermal industry emphasize building geothermal resource conceptual models as the basis for well targeting and resource capacity assessments at all stages of exploration and development. This workshop is directed at geoscientists, engineers and managers who wish to better appreciate how conventional (non-EGS) geothermal conceptual models are constructed and how they are used to support resource decisions.

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Exhibitor at GRC Annual Meeting & GEA GeoExpo+

SPX Highlights Innovative Technologies at GRC Annual Meeting & GEA GeoExpo+ (News Release)

Visit Booth #303 to learn about the latest product and service offerings from SPX Cooling Technologies and SPX Heat Transfer

SPX Cooling Technologies, Inc., a full-line, full-service industry leader in the design and manufacture of evaporative and air-cooled heat exchangers, and sister company, SPX Heat Transfer, LLC will showcase several innovative technologies at the at the GRC Annual Meeting & GEA GeoExpo+, October 23-26, 2016, at the Sacramento Convention Center. In Booth #303, SPX Cooling Technologies will feature two new Marley® cooling tower designs. SPX Heat Transfer will feature the Ecolaire® Advanced Direct Contact Condenser (ADCC). Aftermarket services and OEM components from both companies complete the offering.

Mexico: Interview With CEO of Grupo Dragón

A Mexican Look at Geothermal Energy (Renewable Energy Mexico)

In an excerpt from his exclusive interview with Mexico Energy Review 2017, José Pablo Fernández, CEO of Grupo Dragón shares part of the company’s experience as the first private entity exploiting geothermal energy in Mexico and migrating to the new regulatory scheme.  

Q: Grupo Dragón got the first private concession for a geothermal project in Mexico, how was your experience migrating to the new regulatory framework?

A: It is impossible to complete a geothermal project in less than five years as it requires large investments and long exploratory and drilling periods. The same situation happens in all countries with geothermal resources. It is not a challenge exclusive to Mexico. Our project has been operating for one year, meaning it was planned at least six years ago. Because of this, when we acquired our permits, the project was under the self-supply scheme from the previous regulatory framework. The old regulation required geothermal projects to have a water concession from CONAGUA, which was later transformed into a geothermal one. This transition period brought uncertainty to our project as it was not sure that our previously acquired permit would migrate to the new law. We managed to change our concession, which was fortunate as we already had made major investments. We bet strongly on geothermal as we considered it a promising and clean energy technology in spite of the risks involved, and all of this happened before the Energy Reform.

USA: News from the Heat Pump Industry

Heat Exchange Industry News (Geothermal Exchange Organization)

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

Headlines and features in this month’s edition include:
  • GEO Fly-In Seeks Parity with Solar
  • Congress Must Act Fast to Prevent Geo Tax Increase
  • Advocates Call on Gov. Cuomo to Sign New York Geo Tax Bill
  • Virginia Geo Association Seeks Tax Credit Legislation
  • GEO Board of Directors Welcomes Martin Forsén
  • PLUS More Industry News and Announcements
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.

GEO Industry News (PDF)

USA, California: BLM Geothermal Lease Sale At GRC Annual Meeting

Elko land up for geothermal lease (Elko Daily)

The Bureau of Land Management will hold a competitive geothermal lease sale Oct. 26 that includes several thousand acres in Elko and Lander counties.

The auction begins at 1 p.m. at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Sacramento towards the end of the GRC Annual meeting & GEA GeoExpo+.

BLM Nevada will offer 22 parcels totaling 46,976 acres of public lands and split estate in the Battle Mountain, Carson City, Elko and Winnemucca districts.

BLM California will offer two parcels totaling 3,495 acres of public lands and federal minerals within the El Centro Field Office.

BLM Utah will offer six parcels totaling 15,782 acres of public lands and split estate in the Fillmore and Cedar City field offices.

Geothermal leases are for a 10-year period. Annual rental for a competitive lease is $2 per acre for the first year, and $3 per acre for lease years 2-10. Annual rental for a noncompetitive lease is $1 per acre for lease years 1-10.

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USA: GTO To Launch Geothermal Deep Direct-Use Feasibility Studies

Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement “Geothermal Deep Direct-Use Feasibility Studies,” DE-FOA-0001601 (EERE/GTO)

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue, on behalf of the Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO), a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “Geothermal Deep Direct-Use Feasibility Studies.”

This Notice is issued so that interested parties are aware of EERE’s intention to issue DE-FOA-0001601: “Geothermal Deep Direct-Use Feasibility Studies” in the near term.

The Geothermal Technologies Office seeks to conduct feasibility studies of large-scale, low-temperature deep-well geothermal systems coupled with advanced direct-use applications and cascaded surface technologies whose applications will extend the reach of geothermal into geologically distinct parts of the country beyond the western U.S. These systems are referred to herein as Deep Direct-Use or DDU.


Canada: Alberta has 84,100 Inactive Oil & Gas Wells That Can be Transformed into Geothermal Wells

Putting Alberta’s idle wells to work could heat up the energy patch (Calgary Herald)

 Leduc No. 1 Energy Discovery Centre
Tens of thousands of non-productive oil and gas wells scar Alberta’s landscape and their numbers are growing as the province’s brutal recession drags on.

The most recent count from the Alberta Energy Regulator shows there were 84,100 inactive wells in the province in September, which is up from 77,600 in March. Meanwhile, the number of orphaned wells in the province — wells for which there is no financially responsible company — has almost doubled during the same time period, rising to 1,285 from 698.

In November, work crews are scheduled to arrive at the Leduc No. 1 Energy Discovery Centre, a museum south of Edmonton that celebrates Alberta’s first oil boom, and begin capping, scrubbing and cleaning an old well bore so that it can be transformed into a geothermal well.

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USA, New York: How Geothermal Helped Transform the Environment and Economy of Iceland

By nixing coal, Iceland grabs green with geothermal heat (Cornell Chronicle)

Robert Barker/Cornell Marketing Group
As Cornell considers geothermal heat to warm its campus, Icelandic engineer Thorleikur Johannesson told the story of how his country abandoned coal and set standards to achieve blue-ribbon blue skies in an Oct. 16 visit to Cornell.

In his keynote talk, “The Potential of Geothermal Energy: Lessons From Iceland,” Johannesson showed images of a grungy, sooty Reykjavik shrouded in smog. By the late 1930s, Iceland was beginning to change from heating with coal to tapping into Earth’s natural hot water. Scuttling coal removed the grime from Icelandic streets and restored the beauty of the country’s azure skies.

USA, California: Geothermal Meeting - Live!

California Geothermal Forum - A Path to Increasing Geothermal Development in California

October 20, 2016, 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM PDT
California Energy Commission, Hearing Room A, 1516 Ninth Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
Directions and Access Information

Remote Access information:

Meeting link:
Phone number: +1 (646) 749-3122
Access code: 594-906-285

GRC Annual Meeting & GEA GeoExpo+: Women in Geothermal to Discuss Increasing Visibility and Knowledge of Geothermal Energy

Women in Geothermal (WING) Reception

Tuesday, October 25, Hyatt Regency Hotel - Golden State (2nd Floor)
5:30pm - 7:30pm

The primary objective of WING is to promote the education, professional development, and advancement of women in the geothermal community. We invite both women and men to discuss strategies to increase the visibility and knowledge of geothermal.  Refreshments will be available. Download the Flyer (PDF).

Note: You do not need to be registered for the GRC/GEA Events to attend this reception.

Science & Technology: Fuel Made from Carbon Dioxide

Accidental discovery could be renewable energy breakthrough (CBS News)

(Courtesy Oak Ridge National Laboratory)
In an unexpected twist of fate, scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a process to turn carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, into ethanol fuel — a breakthrough with implications for the future of renewable energy.

That discovery, which occurred in 2014 and has been replicated multiple times since then in the nanotechnology lab Oak Ridge, Tennessee, is explained in full in a new study published in ChemistrySelect.

Specifically, the team says it used a catalyst made of carbon, copper and nitrogen and applied voltage to trigger a complex chemical reaction that essentially reverses the combustion process. With the help of the nanotechnology-based catalyst, the solution of carbon dioxide, dissolved in water, becomes ethanol.

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New Zealand: Electricity from Geothermal Energy Breaks New Record

Electricity from renewables exceeds 80 per cent for fifth quarter (Voxy)

New Zealand’s share of electricity generated from renewables grew to 83.4 per cent in the June quarter 2016, the latest energy data released by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) shows.

The proportion of electricity generated from renewables was up 1.6 per cent from the same quarter last year.

The figures, released in MBIE’s latest New Zealand Energy Quarterly, show that geothermal electricity generation increased 1.3 per cent from the previous June quarter, overtaking the record level set in the March quarter this year.

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Indonesia: Sales Negotations for Chevron Geothermal Assets to Begin in November

Six companies pass binding bid for Chevron Indonesia geothermal assets (Rambu Energy)

Indonesia’s Directorate General for New, Renewable and Energy Conservation (EBTKE) at the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry (ESDM) has disclosed that six companies have passed the binding bid over the auction of 610 MW of geothermal energy assets owned by Chevron Indonesia.

The six companies are Marubeni Corporation, Star Energy, Mitsui & Co Ltd, Medco Energi, PT Pertamina and PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN). The six companies were selected out of 44 interested parties.

“The final decision on this transaction is targeted to be completed in December 2016,” said Director for Geothermal at the EBTKE Yunus Saeefulhak. He said the auction over the Chevron Indonesia assets is now entering the 5th phase.

The next phase is the sales and purchase negotations between Chevron Indonesia and the potential bidders, which will be done in November.

Nicaragua: Inter American Development Bank to Help Geothermal Exploration in Cosigüina

Nicaragua estudia potencial geotérmico de volcán Cosigüina con fondos BID - Nicaragua studies Cosigüina volcano geothermal potential with IDB funds (El Nuevo Diario)

Nicaragua, el país centroamericano con mayor potencial geotérmico, anunció este miércoles que ampliará la exploración en el volcán Cosigüina, con un préstamo de 51 millones de dólares del Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo (BID).

El Cosigüina está ubicado en la península del mismo nombre en el extremo noroeste del país, frente al Golfo de Fonseca, en el Océano Pacífico.

Nicaragua, the Central American country with the largest geothermal potential, said Wednesday it will expand exploration in the Cosigüina volcano,  with a loan of 51 million dollars from the Inter American Development Bank (IDB).

Cosigüina is located on the peninsula of the same name in the northwest corner of the country, facing the Gulf of Fonseca in the Pacific Ocean.

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Germany: Vacancy as IGA Executive Director - Apply Before November 4

IGA Executive Director - Vacancy from 2017

The IGA is looking for an Executive Director from the beginning of 2017. The position is based at the IGA Secretariat in Bochum, Germany.

The International Geothermal Association (IGA) operates its secretariat in Bochum, Germany. The IGA-secretariat is part of the International Knowledge- and Technology Platform Geothermal Energy that is hosted by the International Geothermal Centre (GZB) and is administrated by the Bochum University of Applied Sciences.

The Executive Director is responsible for the operation for the IGA secretariat and of the International Knowledge- and Technology Platform Geothermal Energy. The project is funded by the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) via EFRE (European Fund for Regional Development).

The International Geothermal Association (IGA), founded in 1988, is a scientific, educational and cultural organization, established to operate worldwide. It has more than 5,000 members in 65 countries. The IGA is a non-political, non-profit, non-governmental organization in special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, and Partner of the European Union for the Campaign for Take Off (CTO) of Renewable Energies. IGA is affiliated to the International Renewable Energy Alliance (REN Alliance). Applications with the usual supporting documents should be submitted by 04 November 2016

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

It's Always Sunny at the GRC Annual Meeting & GEA GeoExpo+

Sunny Weather for the Geothermal Energy Event of the Year!

The weather is going to be perfect for the GRC Annual Meeting & GEA GeoExpo+! Sunny and warm in the afternoon but bring a sweater or jacket for the cool mornings and evenings. Leave the umbrella at home!

Women in Geothermal Have a Plan

Roadmap to Iceland 2020

The ‘Roadmap to Iceland 2020’ originated during the 2015 World Geothermal Congress in Melbourne. WING introduced itself to the global geothermal community, and WING Ambassadors from around the globe met to discuss the vision and goals for WING.

This paper guides us to Reykjavik, Iceland, to the 2020 World Geothermal Congress (WGC 2020). Here, the geothermal community will get together to share thoughts, develop knowledge and form plans for the future of the industry.

This is an important event for anyone involved in the geothermal industry and it will mark an important milestone for WING.

It’s a moment to stop and acknowledge how far we’ve come and where to next.

Women in Geothermal (WING) will be hosting a reception on Tuesday, October 25, from 5:30pm - 7:30pm at the Hyatt Regency Hotel - Golden State room at the GRC Annual Meeting & GEA GeoExpo+.

Download the Document (PDF).......

Global: Geothermal Photo Contest Winners Announced

Winners of the 2016 Geothermal Photo Contest Announced (News Release)

The 37th Amateur Photo Contest winners will be on display at the GRC Annual Meeting in Sacramento, California, USA.

1st Place: Kemaliye Gathering System by Kristi McGinley, Veizades and Associates, Inc., San Francisco, California, USA.
The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) is pleased to announce the winners of this year's Amateur Geothermal Photo Contest. The purpose of the contest is to showcase quality photography featuring geothermal energy around the world.

All the entries can be seen on the GRC Flicker website and will be showcased at the GRC Annual Meeting & GEA GeoExpo+ being held at the Sacramento Convention Center, Sacramento, California, USA from October 23 –26.

The winners will be presented with prizes at the GRC Annual Member Meeting and Awards Luncheon, the climax to the GRC Annual Meeting. The theme for this year’s meeting is Geothermal Energy, Here and Now: Sustainable, Clean, Flexible.

USA, California: GRC Member Studies Ability of Geothermal Fluids to Move through Cracks and Pores

Underground Science: Berkeley Lab Digs Deep For Clean Energy Solutions (Berkeley Lab)

Berkeley Lab geologists Patrick Dobson (left) and Curt Oldenburg (right) along with Bill Roggenthen (center) of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology at the kISMET site in the Sanford Underground Research Facility prior to drilling. (Photo courtesy Curt Oldenburg)
About a mile beneath the Earth’s surface in an old gold mine, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) scientists have built an observatory to study how rocks fracture. The knowledge they gain could ultimately help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and accelerate deployment of clean energy technologies.

The observatory is part of a Department of Energy (DOE) initiative that seeks to address challenges associated with the use of the subsurface for energy extraction and waste storage. Dubbed SubTER—or Subsurface Technology and Engineering Research, Development and Demonstration Crosscut—the initiative recognizes that the United States currently relies on the subsurface for more than 80 percent of its energy needs and that adaptive control of subsurface fractures and fluid flow is a crosscutting challenge that has the potential to transform energy production and waste storage strategies.

One key to gaining control is understanding how rocks fracture, in order to control it or prevent it, depending on the application. “We’re concerned with the ability of fluids to move through cracks and pores,” said Berkeley Lab geologist and GRC Member Patrick Dobson. “For some applications, such as engineered geothermal systems, you want fluids to move in order to mine the heat from the subsurface, so you want to create fractures. In others, such as carbon capture and sequestration, we’re more interested in making sure fractures don’t grow.”

USA, New York: Geothermal Energy Experts Speak at Cornell University

Experts Examine Geothermal Energy as Potential Means to Carbon Neutrality (Cornell University)

Krafla power station under the stars, Iceland by Bastien Poux
With many considering geothermal energy as Cornell seeks to reach its ambitious goal of carbon neutrality by 2035, several experts weighed in on the feasibility of relying on the energy source at a panel Monday, using Iceland as an example.

Geothermal energy utilizes heat stored within the Earth, such as hot water, gases or rocks located beneath the Earth’s surface. This energy is renewable and environmentally friendly, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Thorleikur Johannesson, an engineer with over 20 years of experience working with geothermal energy in Iceland, said the energy source is an important resource for the country and is utilized by many of its citizens.

USA, Nevada: Stillwater Hybrid Geothermal Solar Power Plant

This Hybrid Power Plant Combines 3 Clean Energy Sources in One (DOE)

Champagne and strawberries, chocolate and peanut butter, geothermal and solar energy -- some things just go nicely together. Enel Green Power North America’s Stillwater plant, outside the desert town of Fallon, Nevada, came online in 2009 as a conventional geothermal plant and later added solar panels. After adding concentrating solar power in 2016, it became the world’s first triple hybrid renewable energy plant.

Engineers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory and National Renewable Energy Laboratory are helping analyze the integration of the geothermal plant with the newer additions.

Many renewable energy sources, including geothermal energy, experience fluctuations in power output -- a perhaps surprising fact given that geothermal energy draws upon ever-present heat from deep in the earth. The fluctuations stem from the system’s difficulty discarding heat on hot days.

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GRC Annual Meeting & GEA GeoExpo+ Opens in Sacramento on Sunday

California to Host Ultimate Geothermal Energy Event Next Week (News Release)

In less than a week, from October 23-26, the geothermal event of the year - the 40th GRC Annual Meeting and GEA GEOEXPO+ - will take place in the City of Trees: Sacramento, CA. Geothermal leaders, developers, and exhibitors will come together to exchange expertise and take part in sessions geared towards geothermal development, education, and expanding opportunities at home and abroad.

The GRC Annual Meeting will feature over 40 hours of technical presentations, posters, workshops, fieldtrips, a plenary session, networking events and more. The GRC Opening Session on Monday morning, October 24 will feature distinguished speakers in geothermal energy and legislation, from California, the U.S. and from around the world.

The GRC Annual Meeting this year supports the theme "Geothermal Energy - Here and Now: Sustainable, Clean, Flexible" highlighting the important role and values of geothermal energy today. "This will be the 40th year the GRC has brought together the U.S. and international geothermal community," said Steve Ponder, GRC Executive Director.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Register Now for the GRC Annual Meeting & GEA GeoExpo+ and Save $50

Register Now to Save at Geothermal Event

Save $50 by registering online for GRC Annual Meeting & GEA GeoExpo+

Online registration for the GRC Annual Meeting & GEA GeoExpo+ will end at midnight on Saturday, October 22. Thereafter, attendees to the geothermal energy event of the year can only register onsite at the Sacramento Convention Center, with a $50 surcharge.

The event will bring together geothermal companies, academics, financiers, policy leaders, students, and other individuals to attend or exhibit at the event, to be held from October 23-26 at the Sacramento Convention Center, Sacramento, California, USA.

Attendees who register online for the GRC Annual Meeting before midnight on Saturday pay $945 as Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) members or $1095 if non-members. The non-member registration includes GRC membership through 2017. After Saturday, October 22 the rate increases by $50.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Commonwealth of Dominica: Government Funds Geothermal Energy Development

Gov’t allocates US$15M towards geothermal development (Dominica Vibes)

Fifteen million US dollars has been set aside to develop the island’s geothermal resource, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has announced.

Mr Skerrit, who made this disclosure during a press conference on Friday 14 October 2016, informed that this is a five million-dollar increase from its earlier commitment.

Three test wells were constructed in Trafalgar, Wotten Waven and Morne Prosper and followed by four flow tests to determine the generation capacity of the wells, meaning how many megawatts can be obtained from that well.

In addition, a geothermal resources development bill – a critical piece of legislation to facilitate investment in geothermal energy – is to be tabled in Parliament on Wednesday 19 October 2016.

Chile: World Bank Gives $1.78 Million for Geothermal Energy Development

World Bank Supports Geothermal Energy Development in Chile to Boost Energy Security (News Release)

The World Bank Board of Executive Directors approved today a US$1.78 million Clean Technology Fund (CTF) Grant to strengthen the Chilean Ministry of Energy’s capacity to further develop the country’s geothermal sector and improve its energy security.

The grant will contribute to Chile’s Energy Agenda (Agenda de Energía. Un Desafío País, Progreso para Todos) and the Energy Policy 2050, which aims to boost the use of non-conventional renewable energy (NCRE) and reduce the cost of electricity. Chile’s abundant geothermal potential provides a good renewable energy option to further diversify the country’s power generation mix, and reduce price volatility.  The Government of Chile has made a concerted effort to develop its nascent geothermal energy industry, but despite what appeared to be a promising start, a number of issues stymied exploration investments.

The Ministry of Energy will be the lead implementation agency, with support from the International Cooperation Agency of Chile (AGCI) within the Ministry of Foreign Relations. The US$1.78 million grant has a four-year implementation period.

Science & Technology: Supercritical CO2 Could Provide Significant Efficiency Gains in Geothermal Power Production

DOE Announces $80 Million Investment to Build Supercritical Carbon Dioxide Pilot Plant Test Facility (News Release)

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is awarding up to $80 million for a six-year project to design, build, and operate a 10 MWe supercritical carbon dioxide (sCO2) pilot plant test facility in San Antonio, TX. The project will be managed by a team led by the Gas Technology Institute (GTI), Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), and General Electric Global Research (GE-GR).

The new facility will support the future commercialization of sCO2 Brayton cycle energy conversion systems by testing and demonstrating the potential energy efficiency and cost benefits of this technology. Today the average efficiency of the U.S. fleet of steam Rankine cycle power plants is in the lower 30 percent range. This new facility has the potential to demonstrate greater than 50 percent cycle efficiency. If successfully developed, the supercritical CO2 power cycles could provide significant efficiency gains in geothermal, coal, nuclear, and solar thermal power production.

USA, California: Steak and Geothermal!

Geysers Geothermal Association Fall Dinner Meeting

Thursday, November 10, 2016 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (PST)
The Steakhouse @ Equus Fountaingrove Inn, 101 Fountaingrove Parkway, Santa Rosa, CA

  • 5:30 p.m. Mixer Hour
  • 6:30 p.m. Dinner
  • 7:00 p.m  Presentation by Charlene Wardlow, Geothermal Program Manager and District Deputy, Division of Oil,Gas and Geothermal Resources' Northern District

Price: GGA Members: $45.00, Non Members: $47.00

For additional questions, please call Calpine Geothermal Visitors Center, 707-987-4270.

USA, California: $4.7 Million Available for Geothermal Grant and Loan Program

Geothermal Grant and Loan Program (GRDA) (CEC)

Today in Sacramento, the California Energy Commission  (CEC) is holding a Pre-Solicitation Staff Workshop on the Geothermal Grant and Loan Program (GRDA).

The GRDA was established to promote development and maintenance of California's vast geothermal energy resources; mitigate any adverse impacts caused by geothermal development; and help local jurisdictions offset the costs of providing public services necessitated by geothermal development.

The CEC anticipates publication of the Grant Funding Opportunity (GFO)
in mid to late November, 2016. The GFO is a competitive grant solicitation of approximately $4.7 million available to fund selected projects.

Grant agreements expected to start in late July 2017 and end in March 2020.

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Australia: Geothermal Energy Touted for Victoria

Geothermal promising for Latrobe Valley (ABC Online)

Geothermal energy involves harnessing the heat of the Earth’s upper crust, moving it to the surface and utilizing the heat as steam, to turn generators. 

Rachel Webster says a mistake of earlier geothermal work was to think too big. There are more options and greater feasibility when thinking small and distributing power locally.

An area with great geothermal potential is Victoria’s Latrobe Valley, where a vast heat source sits below the region’s seam of brown coal. This could be developed as present generating infrastructure approaches the end of its operating life.

Philippines: Aboitiz Suggests Public-Private Partnerships for Geothermal Energy Projects

Aboitiz wants hydro, geothermal projects under PPP scheme (Manila Bulletin)

Aboitiz Power Corporation is recommending investment landscape changes for hydro and geothermal projects so these can be placed under public-private partnership (PPP) scheme.

The company said the government must come in as private sector ally to move projects forward, especially in cornering consents and permits of relevant stakeholders, including host communities.

Aboitiz Power President and Chief Operating Officer Antonio R. Moraza said this is particularly significant for hydropower and geothermal developments – given the extent of project approval processes that they would need before they can even proceed to development or construction phases of power facilities.

“Geothermal and impounding hydro should be under PPP…it’s too hard for private individuals to assemble 30, 40 or 50 communities to seek consent, government should really be involved there,” he said.

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Australia: 46 Degree Celsius Geothermal Waters from 1000 Meter Wells Available for Development

Interest in new hot springs developments on Mornington Peninsula bubbles up (The Age)

Investigations of the aquifer that lies deep underneath the peninsula, part of the so-called Werribee Formation, have found that 4000 megalitres of hot water (equivalent to 4000 Olympic-size swimming pools) could be sustainably harvested each year, according to the water company responsible for local groundwater management, Southern Rural Water.

The hot water, or "geothermal water" underneath the peninsula lies at a depth of about 500-1000 metres and is about 46 degrees celsius when it gets to the surface, according to Southern Rural Water.

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Kenya: Menengai Geothermal Power Projects Fall Behind Schedule

CS Charles Keter puts power producers on 30-day notice (The Standard)

The Government has given three agents 30 days to start producing electricity from steam wells or have their contracts terminated. Energy and Petroleum Cabinet Secretary Charles Keter said there is enough steam at the Menengai Crater to add some 105 megawatts (MW) of electricity to the national grid. He said the continued delay by the three independent power producers (IPPs) was hurting the Geothermal Development Company’s (GDC) operations.

The producers, who include Quantum East Africa and OrPower 22, were supposed to set up their power plants by December last year. The investors, who were selected through competitive bidding in 2013, are mandated to build and operate three geothermal plants in Menengai, each generating 35 MW. Construction was supposed to have started in October 2013 and be completed by the end of last year.

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Costa Rica: Mitsubishi Hitachi to Provide Turbine for 55 MW Pailas II Geothermal Power Project

MHPS Receives Order for Geothermal Power Plant Steam Turbine for Costa Rican Institute of Electricity -- Las Pailas II Construction Project -- (News Release)

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd. (MHPS) has received an order for a 55 megawatt (MW) class steam turbine for the Costa Rican Institute of Electricity  (ICE: Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad), Costa Rica's state electricity and telecommunications utility. The turbine will be a core component of the Las Pailas II geothermal power plant, which will be built in Guanacaste Province in the northwest region of the country.

INITEC Energía, S.A., a Spanish engineering firm, will be in charge of EPCM (engineering, procurement and construction management) on the project. MHPS will supply the steam turbine through that company and will also dispatch engineers to the site to provide technical advice in installation and commissioning, taking advantage of its abundant experience as an EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) contractor. A generator, manufactured by Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, will also be supplied.

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems will be exhibiting at the GRC Annual Meeting & GEA GeoExpo+, October 23-26 in Sacramento, California.

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Friday, October 14, 2016

GRC Annual Meeting & GEA GeoExpo+

Geothermal Energy Event - We've Got an App for That!

The GRC are again providing a Mobile app for the GRC Annual Meeting & GEA GeoExpo+. It is now available to download to an iPhone, Android or Windows Smartphone, tablet or laptop computer giving event attendees better access to information and networking.

The mobile app also allows the GRC to post more information online and avoid print costs.

We strongly encourage you to download the mobile guide to enhance your experience at the GRC Annual Meeting & GEA GeoExpo+. You'll be able to plan your day with a personalized schedule and browse exhibitors, maps and general show info. You can browse all the essential information even without internet access.

After a simple download and installation the app can be personalized with your own schedule and notes on activities. When you sign-in to the app you will be able to interact with other attendees and build an on-site network. Attendees will also be able to post their own photos and comments to the app for all to see on the "activity stream".

Scan the QR Code
The App is a work in progress, updates are loaded as information becomes available and your feedback is encouraged as you get familiar with it. All questions and feedback can be sent to Ian Crawford at

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GRC Annual Meeting & GEA GeoExpo+

Register for the Geothermal Energy Event of the Year by Saturday and Save $50

Have you registered for the GRC Annual Meeting? Save the $50 additional onsite fee by registering now! Online registration closes on Saturday, October 22nd. Don't forget to register for any additional optional events before they are sold out! Register Now!


Pre-Meeting Workshops:

Optional Mixers & Lunches:

The Hyatt Regency Sacramento is currently offering the discounted GRC/GEA room rate of $145 over the three main conference nights (Friday 10/21, Monday 10/24, and Tuesday 10/25).

The Hyatt is no longer offering GRC/GEA rated rooms over other nights of the conference. Once these rooms are sold, available rates will likely be in excess of $300 per night.

The Sheraton Grand is no longer offering GRC/GEA rate over any of the conference dates. Book your room through the GRC Secure Link.

Caribbean: Green Climate Fund Approves USD 80 Million to Develop 60 MW Geothermal Energy in Eastern Caribbean

GCF Board approves USD 745 million in funding proposals (GCF)

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) has reached a new milestone today with the approval of USD 745 million in funding proposals at its fourteenth meeting. The 10 projects and programs have a total value of USD 2.6 billion, and will help 27 countries across the globe to reduce their emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change.

USD 80 million was approved for a Sustainable Energy Facility for the Eastern Caribbean with IDB. The program anticipates 60 MW of Geothermal power generation capacity installed in projects facilitated or financed at some stage on Dominica, Grenada, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

The document associated with the awards state that Dominica (DOM), Grenada (GRE), Saint Kitts & Nevis (SKN), Saint Lucia (SL) and Saint Vincent & Grenadines (SVG), are Small Island Developing States (SIDS) located in the Eastern Caribbean region, with small and isolated electricity markets, highly dependent on imported liquid fossil fuels for electricity generation. In 2013, the average electricity tariff was very high, at US$0.39 per kWh. Despite the decrease in world oil prices since mid-2014, electricity prices in this region remain relatively high compared with those in USA and other territories.

Geothermal Energy (GE) presents the largest available renewable energy (RE) resource and could provide the lowest electricity generation cost in addition to being the most reliable.

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Canada: Geothermal Energy Can be Produced from Abandoned Oil & Gas Wells

‘Orphan’ wells could generate clean energy (Lethbridge Herald)

Katie Huang speaks about Albertas
abandoned wells and geothermal energy during
Thursday's SACPA session.
Herald photo by Tijana Martin @TMartinHerald
There are still questions to answer. But Alberta could generate clean electrical energy – and reduce its “orphan” well issues – by adopting new geothermal technology.

Provinces and states near Alberta are already taking a lead, a Lethbridge audience learned Thursday. But with so many abandoned gas and oil wells across the province, it’s time our province turned some of those environmental liabilities into emission-free assets.

Nations around the Pacific Rim – and as far north as Iceland – have been tapping into geothermal energy for generations, explained geologist Katie Huang. Speaking for Canada’s fledgling geothermal industry, she said this nation has been slow off the mark.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Indonesia: Government Says PGE/PLN Meger Would Boost Geothermal Energy Production

PLN, Pertamina synergy to boost geothermal development: Govt (Jakarta Post)

The government plans to appoint a state-run energy firm to focus on geothermal development in a bid to meet the energy mix target, saying that the acquisition of Pertamina subsidiary Pertamina Geothermal Energy (PGE) by state utility firm PLN would make this dream come true.

Although reluctant to call it an “acquisition”, the Small and Medium Enterprises Ministry’s deputy for energy, logistics, regional and tourism development, Edwin Hidayat Abdullah, said the synergy between PLN and state-owned oil and gas company Pertamina would increase efficiency and eliminate duplication of investment between state-run energy firms.

He said the synergy would allow PGE to speed up geothermal development to meet the 7.2-gigawatt (GW) target of installed electricity by 2025, or 23 percent of the total energy mix. Currently, installed capacity of geothermal power plants is only 1.5 GW.