Thursday, March 5, 2015

GRC Workshop/Fieldtrip to Yellowstone National Park:

GRC Yellowstone Workshop

June 22-26, 2015


The GRC has announced a mid-year GRC Workshop to Yellowstone National Park. 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. Only 50 spaces are available. Don't be left out, sign up now!

Workshop Leaders: Duncan Foley, Gene Suemnicht, and Joe Moore.



The Cost of the workshop: $1,500 for GRC Members, $1,700 for Non-GRC Members.

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.

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.

Indonesia:

Indonesia Removes Bottlenecks to Geothermal Energy Investment (Energy Sector Management Assistance Program)

Indonesia’s has what is considered to be the largest potential for geothermal energy in the world, a blessing for a country determined to reduce its high rate of dependence on polluting fossil fuels. But private investment has been slow, held back by the lack of a strong energy policy framework, legal uncertainties, and overlapping jurisdictions, both within the central government and between Jakarta and local authorities.

A new Geothermal Law, passed by Indonesia’s House of Representatives in September 2014, is expected to remove many of these bottlenecks. The law followed from a ministerial regulation on geothermal pricing and policy that was the result of many months of work between Indonesia’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (MEMR) and a joint World Bank – Asian Development Bank team.

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Canada:

Government of Canada Supports Yukon Geothermal Energy Study (News Release)

Yukon MP, Ryan Leef, on behalf of, Minister Aglukkaq has announced funding for research and development into potential renewable sources of natural geothermal energy in Yukon. The Government of Yukon, Department of Energy, Mines and Resources' Energy Branch will work in cooperation with the Yukon Geological Survey and the Canadian Geothermal Energy Association to develop maps and reports that will identify sources of renewable energy. This project will contribute to economic development and energy security in the territory.

In addition to CanNor's funding of $126,000 over two years, the Government of Yukon is investing up to $18,000, and the Canadian Geothermal Energy Association (CanGEA) is investing $13,150. With contributions from other funders, a total of $168,000 is being invested in this project. Newly developed maps will provide geological, geophysical, and environmental information to identify and evaluate geothermal energy potential in Yukon. Takhini Hot Springs is an example of a project in Yukon that successfully uses geothermal energy for heat and power and will be able to provide its existing data to help with the creation of this project.

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Europe:

Mijnwater B.V. is Winner of the European Geothermal Innovation Award 2015 (News Release)

The Award for outstanding achievements in the field of geothermal innovation, the “European Geothermal Innovation Award 2015" has gone to Mijn Water B.V. (Netherlands), for their intelligent hybrid energy infrastructure for sustainable heating and cooling, based on geothermal buffers (e.g. abandoned mines).

Louis Hiddes, managing director of Mijnwater B.V. received the award during the GEOTHERM congress of the European Geothermal Energy Council (EGEC) in Offenburg (Germany).

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USA, Washington D.C.:

World’s Highest LEED-Scoring School is Powered by D.C.'s Largest Geothermal System (Inhabitat)

Washington, D.C.’s Dunbar High School recently earned LEED Platinum certification with a score of 91 points out of a 100—making the 280,000-square-foot building the highest-scoring school in the world certified under USGBC’s LEED for Schools-New Construction system.

Designed by Perkins Eastman and Moody Nolan, the high-performance school incorporates many sustainable technologies, including D.C.’s largest geothermal energy system.

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USA, Hawaii:

Video: Hawai‘i Electric Light Company Chooses Ormat to Build New 25 MW Geothermal Power Plant (Big Island Video News)

Two years after HELCO’S RFP, the utility has finally made its decision. This video report examines the time-line of events leading up to HELCO's choice to tap Ormat for another 25 MW of geothermal energy on Hawaii Island.


(Video 16:54 Minutes)

The Hawai‘i Electric Light Company has made its choice for the company that will expand geothermal energy on Hawaii Island.

Israel-based Ormat Industries Ltd, the owner of Puna Geothermal Venture operating in Pohoiki, has been selected to provide an additional 25 MW of geothermal energy to the Big Island grid. PGV already has an existing contract with HELCO to produce 38 MW.

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Australia:

"Waltzing Matilda" Town Powers Ahead With Geothermal Project (The North West Star)

Winton is blazing a new trail on the alternative energy front by announcing plans to power its town with geothermal technology.

Winton Shire Mayor Butch Lenton said the project has the potential to save the local community up to $15 million in energy consumption a year.

Winton Council has appointed LGIS to design a geothermal energy plant which will power all of Winton’s key council buildings and has the potential to power the entire town.

Cr Lenton said geothermal energy technology had existed for more than a century but this initiative was the first time in Australia that the proven form of energy production had been adopted to deliver such wide-ranging community outcomes.

He said the plant had a payback period of less than seven years with the savings delivering much needed dollars for community projects.

Best known as the home of Waltzing Matilda, Winton is the place that A B (Banjo) Paterson wrote the Australian national song in 1895, whilst visiting Dagworth Station. Legend has it that the first public performance of Waltzing Matilda happened at Winton’s North Gregory Hotel on 6th April, 1895.

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Netherlands:

First Dutch Orange Bell Peppers Available - Thanks to Geothermal Heat! (FreshPlaza)

The first orange bell peppers have been harvested at Alex Zwinkels of Zwingrow. "The first bell peppers are looking good," they report. "Firm fruit with a beautiful bright colour, a lovely sweet flavour and a very high content of vitamin C."

Zwingrow has growing locations in Naaldwijk, Honselersdijk and Poeldijk, where they grow orange bell peppers in a very sustainable manner. They are a member of Green Well Westland, which supplies geothermal waters from 3 km depth.

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USA:

DOE Announces Rescheduled Webinar on the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s FY2016 Budget Request (DOE/EERE)

Thursday, March 12, from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time


Deputy Assistant Secretary Doug Hollett at the 2014 GRC Annual Meeting
The Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy has rescheduled the last in a series of three live webinars on our Fiscal Year 2016 budget request.

Due to inclement weather in the Washington metropolitan area, it will now be presented on Thursday, March 12, from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

Deputy Assistant Secretary Doug Hollett late manager of the Geothermal Technologies Office, will lead the presentation of our budget proposal for the renewable power sector with technology office directors providing in-depth presentations, including Solar, Geothermal, and Wind & Water technology office requests. The webinar will also provide an opportunity for participants to ask questions.

Register.......

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

USA, California:

Lecture: Geothermal Energy: How Hard Can it Be? (CSULB CNSM Fellows)

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT), The Chartroom at California State University, Long Beach, CA


Speaker: Matthew Becker
Speaker: Matthew Becker, Professor of Geological Sciences and the Bert Conrey Endowed Chair in Hydrogeology at California State University, Long Beach

We live on a trillion cubic kilometers of molten rock. Geothermal energy seems like a no-brainer: sink some deep wells, circulate hot water, and drive turbines. How hard can it be? Really hard, as it turns out. Now that most of the natural geothermal flow systems have been tapped, we need to make new systems using “enhanced geothermal methods”. This will take an unprecedented collaboration of engineers and geologists, but the potential is enormous. By some estimates, enhanced geothermal energy could meet the world’s current energy needs for millennia.

We will discuss some of the technology advances that will be needed to get there and what we are doing at CSULB. Our efforts are aimed at understanding the “geologic plumbing” of geothermal flow systems and the development of characterization tools to predict help good systems and fix poor ones.

Register.........

Global:

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

USA:

Find Energy Incentives Quicker and Easier with New DSIRE Website (DOE/EERE)

Today, the Energy Department and N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center launched a new version of DSIRE that makes it even easier for citizens to find information.


All across the United States, homeowners and businesses are saving money by installing technologies that conserve energy and cut carbon pollution. Upgrades such as new, energy-saving appliances and rooftop photovoltaic systems also help lower the nation’s overall energy usage and reduce environmental impacts like harmful greenhouse gas emissions.

To empower more Americans to realize the benefits of clean energy technologies and solutions, government agencies offer several financial incentive programs that can reduce or defray installation or purchase costs. In an effort to help citizens quickly find these opportunities the Energy Department established the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE) 20 years ago. The database is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at North Carolina State University.

USA:


April 22-23, 2015, The Westin, Washington, D.C. City Center, Washington, D.C.



Set the Policy Agenda for Renewable Energy

Join the renewable energy industry at American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE)'s National Renewable Energy Policy Forum as it mobilizes key policymakers and federal and state stakeholders to deliberate, develop, and advance the critical policy priorities that will motivate the President, the new Congress, state leaders, and the emerging slate of 2016 Presidential candidates.

This year’s topics include:
  • Energy Sector Transformation – Lead, Follow or Move Out of the Way
  • Will Congress Act? Tax Reform, Extension or Bust
  • Stop, Start – the Path to Policy Certainty and Lowering Clean Transportation Costs
  • Outside the Beltway – Successes and Obstacles in Red, Blue and Purple States 

USA:

5th Defense Renewable Energy Summit

7-8 April , 2015, Hilton ArlingtonArlington, Va



U.S. Government & DoD Decision-Makers to Share Their Wants, Needs & Key Requirements for Procuring 20% of Energy Demand from Renewable Resources by 2020!


Get the latest on:

  • Utilities’ Perspectives on Partnering with the DoD and Federal Government to Increase Grid Resiliency and Base Energy Security
  • Leading Developers’ and System Integrators’ Lessons Learned in Pursuing Defense and Federal Renewable Energy Projects
  • Financiers’ Perspectives on Monetizing Energy Resiliency and Improving the Finaceability of Projects

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Global:

Geothermal Resources Council

Your trusted source for geothermal information

  • Last Call For Roster Ads - Artwork & Yellow Page Listings Due This Friday
The GRC Roster & Registry is sent to over 1,400 GRC members, government agencies, and libraries worldwide. As the trusted source for geothermal information, the GRC can provide advertisers with a large target audience that is looking for geothermal services or products. Make sure your products or services get in front of the world's leading geothermal industry movers, shakers and decision-makers. Don't miss out, advertise with the GRC today! Read more........
  • 2015 GRC Annual Meeting Call For Papers - Deadline: April 10, 2015
The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) invites you to present your latest technical work in geothermal research, exploration, development and utilization at the GRC's 39th Annual Meeting, September 20 - 23, 2015 at the Peppermill Resort in Reno, Nevada. Our theme this year is "Geothermal: Always On." Read more........
  • GRC Student Scholarships - Deadline for applications: May 4, 2015
To qualify for one of these awards a student must be a GRC member as well as a student in an accredited academic institution. Selection of recipients will be based upon a variety of factors, including the individual’s academic record, student activities, geothermal industry experience, and career goals. Read more........
  • GRC Yellowstone Workshop - June 22-26, 2015
The GRC 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. Only 50 spaces are available. Don't be left out, sign up now! Read more........

St. Lucia:

Saint Lucia Set to Host Novel Geothermal Donors Conference (St. Lucia Times)

The Government of Saint Lucia (GOSL), through the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology is set to host a major Donors Conference on financing the Exploratory Drilling Phase of the Geothermal Development Project on Tuesday March 3 and Wednesday 4, 2015.

The two day exercise seeks to design a realistic roadmap for financing the project`s second phase, in a manner that protects the Government and People of Saint Lucia from overexposure in the financing risks involved in this very costly project.

This novel approach aims to raise an estimated US$20 - US$30 million, initially, which will be required for the exploratory drilling.

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United Kingdom:

Geothermal Heat Pumps to be Introduced to Glasgow Subway Stations (Common Space)

New geothermal heat pumps are to be introduced at two Glasgow subway stations to reduce heating and maintenance costs on the underground train system, and if successful they could be rolled out to all 18 subway stations.

The subway network is built in Glasgow’s old Victorian tunnels, and because the train lines intersect two major rivers, it is subject to significant leakage.

The waste water can be turned into energy-efficient heat, and the pump technology is already used for heating homes.

Some experts have claimed as much as 40 per cent of Glasgow’s energy could be provided from geothermal heating using waste water from old mineshafts.

The study is expected to deliver its first results by the end of May, and SPT Chief Executive Gordon Maclennan said: “The potential of exploiting waste water in Subway tunnels to turn it in to power is very exciting.”

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United Kingdom:

Geothermal Energy: a Renewable, Low Carbon Resource for the UK (Adjacent Government - February 2015)

Jon Busby, Team Leader Renewables, Energy Storage and Clean Coal at the British Geological Survey details the benefits of deep geothermal heat sources in the UK…


In simple terms ‘geothermal energy is the energy stored in the form of heat beneath the earth’s surface’. Most people will associate it with steam emanating from mineral encrusted fumaroles, but even in non-volcanic regions such as the UK there is great potential for geothermal to contribute to our energy mix. It is carbon free, sustainable and is not subject to intermittent supply as are some renewables, e.g. solar, wind and wave.

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Canada:

Turn Up the Heat BC: Geothermal 101 - A Developer's Perspective (CanGEA)

Thursday, March 26, 2015, 11:30AM-1:30PM, Vancouver, BC, Canada


Early Bird Rate: $75; After March 9: $100; Member Price: $75

Geothermal energy is delivering clean, base-load and low cost electricity in 25 countries as well as commercial heating in 70 countries... And we think BC should be benefitting too! While not yet fully utilized, geothermal energy is an important part of Canada’s energy future, creating new investment and jobs in Canadian communities while also contributing to a cleaner environment for future generations.

Join Chief Geologist of Borealis GeoPower, Craig Dunn, as we explore the Canadian energy industry’s efforts to develop geothermal energy. More guest speakers to be announced. Craig will discuss his company's ground-breaking field work completed this past summer that proved new exploration techniques from other industries to be valuable. Anders Kruus, a financial specialist will also be presenting.

More information........                                 Click here to register!

Kenya:

Geothermal Power to Reduce Cost of Living (Daily Nation)

By Albert Mugo, CEO of KenGen


Geothermal power production at
Olkaria in Naivasha, Nakuru County.
Power generation in Kenya has changed dramatically with the recent commissioning of the 280 MW geothermal plant in Olkaria, Naivasha.

The cost of electricity has been falling over the past six months and is set to stabilize following the commissioning of the 140 MW Olkaria I Units 4 and 5, the last phase of the ambitious project. Every month, the plant contributes over 185 million kWh of renewable and stable electricity to the national grid. This is because geothermal energy generation does not fluctuate with changing weather.

We hope that with reduced energy charges, the cost of living will come down as manufacturers and industrialists pass on the benefits of cheaper production to consumers.

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Technology:

Can Carbon Dioxide Replace Steam to Generate Power? (Scientific American)

Credit: Michael Spiller/Flickr
Much has changed in the modern electric power plant since Thomas Edison's era, but the parts that actually turn heat into electrons haven't changed since his eureka moments.

Whether burning coal, concentrating sunlight or splitting atoms, most thermal power plants use the energy for the same thing: heating water into steam to drive a turbine. Steam-based generation produces 80 percent of the world's electricity.

After more than a century of incremental improvements in the steam cycle, engineers have plucked most of the low-hanging fruit and are chasing diminishing returns, spending millions of dollars for every percentage point of efficiency improvement. These upgrades propagate to other steps in electricity production, allowing power plants to extract more work for a given unit of fuel.

Now engineers are looking into replacing steam with supercritical carbon dioxide, a technique that could unlock up to 50 percent greater thermal efficiency using a smaller, cheaper turbine.

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St. Lucia:

Falling Oil Prices Won’t Derail St. Lucia’s Push for Geothermal Energy (Caribbean Life)

James Fletcher, St. Lucia’s Minister of Public Service,
Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology
James Fletcher, St. Lucia’s Minister of Public Service, Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology, tells IPS that he agrees that the region needs to accelerate its transition toward renewable energy, but is not certain whether lower fuel prices is really reason to exhale.

“I’m not sure about the breathing space. I think what it does, however, show is that this fuel price game is not one we want to be playing,” Fletcher tells IPS.

Fletcher tells IPS wind and solar PV are intermittent sources of energy “and we really can’t complete a transition away from fossil fuel based on intermittent sources, unless we invest heavily in storage, which we really don’t have the capacity to do right now.”

St. Lucia has received financial and technical support from the government of New Zealand, SIDS-DOCK, and the Global Environmental Facility to conduct the initial stage of exploration, which will start soon, Fletcher says. LUCELEC, the state-owned power company in St. Lucia, will purchase the electricity from the power plant developer, Ormat of Israel, and resell it to consumers.

Fletcher tells IPS that the government is pleased with the pace of the negotiations but notes that developing geothermal potential takes time. “But at least it puts us on track to developing what we believe is as much as 30 megawatts of geothermal energy in Soufriere,” he says.

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Technology:

How Volcanoes Could Help Power the Planet—But Barely Do (National Geographic)

The Earth's heat offers a clean and steady source of electricity, though it doesn't come cheap


A clean alternative to fossil fuels, geothermal has potential far beyond Indonesia. It could help tame global warming by producing copious amounts of renewable energy. The United Nations estimates global reserves at about 200 gigawatts—double the total capacity of all U.S. nuclear power plants. Yet despite decades of effort, only 6.5 percent of that potential has been tapped.

Indonesia now produces the third largest amount of geothermal power, after the U.S. and the Philippines. Still, it's tapping less than 5 percent of its potential 29-gigawatt capacity.

"Its resources are so startlingly good," says GRC President Paul Brophy, president of EGS Inc., a California-based firm that recently did consulting work for Indonesia's government on the geothermal industry.

The country now aims to triple geothermal output from 1.4 to 4.9 gigawatts by 2019 and to hit 10 gigawatts by 2025 so it's trying to fast-track projects.

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USA, California:

TOUGH Symposium 2015 (LBNL)

September 28–30, 2015, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), Berkeley, California



A symposium on applications and enhancements to the TOUGH codes for multiphase fluid, heat, and chemical transport will be held at LBNL. The TOUGH Symposium 2015 consists of oral and poster presentations, with proceedings published online, and includes a welcome reception and banquet dinner featuring an invited talk.  Short Courses on select TOUGH codes will be offered immediately preceding and following the Symposium. Selected papers will be submitted for inclusion in special issues of major scientific journals.

Symposium Purpose
The purpose of the symposium is to bring together users of the TOUGH family of codes (which includes TOUGH2, iTOUGH2, TMVOC, TOUGHREACT, TOUGH-FLAC, TOUGH+, TOUGH2-MP, and more) for an open exchange on applications and recent code enhancements. Papers are solicited in all areas of TOUGH applications - abstract submission is open and will close on Friday, April 17, 2015.

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Monday, March 2, 2015

USA, Hawaii:

Hawaiʻi Geothermal Data Compiled for First Time (University of Hawaiʻi)

The Hawaiʻi Institute for Geophysics and Planetology (HIGP) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa have launched a website—Hawaiʻi Groundwater and Geothermal Resources Center (HGGRC)—which consolidates existing information and introduces an abundance of new data related to these natural resources.

HIGP researchers, Nicole Lautze and Donald Thomas, led the creation of this resource center to organize and publicly disseminate data on Hawaiʻi’s groundwater and geothermal resources from private and public agencies and organizations.

The virtual center features:
  • A geothermal collection containing more than 1,000 geothermal-relevant documents.
  • The Hawaiʻi State Water Wells data for the water wells in Hawaiʻi (e.g. name, location, type and depth) via an interactive map, with downloadable water well files.
  • Historical photographs, slides and newspaper articles.
  • Coming soon: A probability map which indicates the likelihood of encountering a subsurface geothermal resource compiled from the Department of Energy’s Play Fairway project.
  • Coming soon: Humuʻulu Groundwater Research project daily updates, available when the drilling commences on the second 2 km deep hole in the saddle region of the island of Hawaiʻi.

USA:

620 MW of Global Geothermal Power Added in 2014  - GEA

A new report from the Geothermal Energy Association (GEA), released to attendees of GEA’s State of the Geothermal Industry Briefing last week, the “2015 Annual U.S. & Global Geothermal Power Production Report,” found the industry brought online the most capacity in any year of the past two decades. The Global geothermal market added 21 new utility scale power plants in 2014 with a total of about 620 MW of power capacity. The full report will be released to the public on GEA’s website on Thursday.

“These power plants will generate electricity for 30 to 50 years providing firm and flexible power, with little to no emissions, and deliver substantial economic benefit in the form of jobs and property taxes to the communities in which they operate,” said Karl Gawell, GEA’s Executive Director.

Overall, the global geothermal industry grew at about 5% for the third year in a row reaching 12.8 GW. While only six countries saw projects completed, nearly 80 had projects in the pipeline giving a positive outlook for future growth. “If all countries reach their announced geothermal power goals the global industry could reach 27-30 GW by the early 2030s,” according to Ben Matek, GEA’s Industry Analyst & Research Projects Manager.

2015 Annual U.S. & Global Geothermal Power Production Report (PDF)

Turkey:

Public Finance and Private Exploration in Geothermal: Gümüşköy Case Study, Turkey (Climate Policy Initiative)

The 13.2 MW project developed by BM Holding, a Turkish infrastructure company, was commissioned in 2013. 



This case study analyses the Gümüsköy Geothermal Power Plant (GPP) to help policymakers and donors understand which financing instruments and public private financing packages can enable fast and cost-effective deployment of geothermal energy. It is one of a series of studies carried out on behalf of the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) looking at the role of public finance in driving geothermal deployment.

The Gümüşköy GPP is the first case where the private sector financed exploration of an unproven field in Turkey.

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GRC Workshop/Fieldtrip to Yellowstone National Park:

Yellowstone Park's Boiling River Running Warmer (KREM.com)

The temperature of the Boiling River in Yellowstone National Park has been increasing slightly since last August.

In August, the temperature of the thermally heated water at the popular swimming hole north of Mammoth Hot Springs was approximately 134 degrees Fahrenheit. Over the past seven days, the temperature has ranged from about 136.5 to 139.5 degrees.

Park geologist Henry Heasler said that he and his staff are not absolutely certain what is going on. One theory is cold water flowing into the Boiling River through underground sinkholes in the underlying travertine is being blocked or diverted somehow. Another theory could be that less cold water from the Gardner River is diluting the Boiling River water where the two rivers meet.

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.

Climate Change:

Scientists Confirm ‘Critical Link’ between CO2 Emissions and Warming (RTCC)

High-precision field instruments in the US have provided the first real-time “action shots” of the increasing impact of CO2


(Pic: Jonathan Gero/Space Science and Engineering Centre)
Government scientists in the US say they have directly observed for the first time the greenhouse effect in action, while monitoring the way carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere absorbed increasing amounts of thermal radiation from the surface.

Their measurements, taken over a period of 11 years in Alaska and Oklahoma, confirm predictions made more than 100 years ago, and repeatedly examined: there is a greenhouse effect, and the greenhouse gas that most helps the world warm is carbon dioxide.

They predict that unless the world makes a switch from coal, oil and natural gas to solar, wind, water and wave energy, or biofuels, or nuclear or geothermal power sources, global average temperatures will go on rising inexorably.

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Uganda:

Geothermal Resources in Uganda (Lexology)

(Courtesy CIA.gov)
In order to reduce the overdependence on hydropower and increase the energy mix, other sources of energy generation are being planned. Uganda is part of the East African Rift System and geothermal exploration has been ongoing since 1993. There are three main exploration areas – Katwe, Buranga and Kibiro – which are located close to the border between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Geothermal resources have been estimated as approximately 450 MW.

The GoU has been assisted in capacity building by KenGen and Kenya’s Geothermal Development Company, and has obtained support from the Japan International Cooperation Agency. In order to fast track the process for potential investors in geothermal, the GoU is establishing a separate geothermal resources department, with geothermal issues transferred to this department from the current Geological Survey and Mines Department. This separation replicates the process which is currently happening in Tanzania and highlights a separation required to ensure that geothermal is not unnecessarily overregulated due to being caught between mining and energy departments. As with other East African countries, projects in Uganda are eligible for grants from the Geothermal Risk Mitigation Facility which has been set up by the African Union, the EU Development Fund for Africa and the German Development Agency in cooperation with KfW.

In early 2013 UETCL entered into a PPA with a project company formed by the joint venture of AAE Systems Inc, a US firm, with local investors, in respect of an up to 200 MW geothermal power project in the Katwe exploration area. Other overseas investors have also been awarded geothermal licences (with a three year exploration period pursuant to the current Mining Act), but so far these have not advanced into the development stage.

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Education:

New Online Training Courses Help Agencies Understand Renewable Tech (DOE/EERE)

Free course on Geothermal Energy Technologies is just one hour


The Department of Energy is working with the federal government’s agencies to help them lead by example when it comes to using renewable energy technologies that cut carbon emissions and save money.  Our Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) provides assistance and training to help everyone make smart energy choices that support national energy goals.


Renewable Energy Technology Applications: Geothermal Energy Technologies
Instructor: Andy Walker, Principal Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Read Summary.

One of FEMP’s most effective ways to help federal agencies achieve energy saving goals is through robust education and training. Several updated courses on Renewable Energy Technology Applications are available online. From solar to wind, small-scale hydropower, and bioenergy, these training modules support agencies’ efforts to improve energy security, reduce environmental impact, while providing electricity, heating, cooling, and more.

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Japan:

Idemitsu to Build 5 MW Geothermal Power Plant in Southwest Japan (Bloomberg)

Idemitsu Kosan Co., will build a 5-megawatt geothermal power station in the southwestern prefecture of Oita, the company said in a statement Monday.

The plant will start running in March 2017, according to the statement. It will be set up near a 27.5-megawatt geothermal power station jointly operated by Kyushu Electric Power Co. and Idemitsu.

The new project will use binary technology, a type of geothermal power plant that allows lower-temperature geothermal reserves to be used than is traditionally found in power generation using underground heat.

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GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Expo:

The Pools of Peppermill!

Enjoy the geothermally-heated water at the host hotel for the GRC Annual Meeting!


All the events and accommodation for the GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Expo are in one location, the luxurious Peppermill Resort Spa Casino, the only resort in the United States whose heating source is totally provided from geothermal energy produced on the immediate property.


The Pools of Peppermill from peppermillreno on Vimeo.

New Mexico:

New Mexico Utility Adding Wind, Solar and Geothermal to Its Power Mix (Renewable Energy World.com)

Plans to take more electricity from expansion of Lightning Dock Geothermal Plant


Lightning Dock Geothermal Plant (Courtesy Cryq Energy)
Public Service Co. of New Mexico parent PNM Resources said in its Feb. 27 annual Form 10-K report that its utility subsidiary is gradually adding more renewable energy to its portfolio.

The utility, for example, has a 20-year agreement to purchase energy and renewable energy credits (RECs) from the Lightning Dock Geothermal facility built near Lordsburg, N.M. The facility, which is the first geothermal project for the PNM system, began providing limited power to PNM on Jan. 1, 2014. The current capacity of the facility is 4 MW and future expansion may result in up to 10 MW of generation capacity.

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Indonesia:

4th ITB International Geothermal Workshop

16 – 20 March, 2015 - Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB), West Java, Indonesia


This year theme Strengthening the Role of Human Resources for geothermal Development, will bring new information about current research, innovation and exploration results in some frontier area of studies, in particular for Indonesian Geothermal Communities. Such results include engineering research and exploration for geothermal low-medium enthalpy apart from advance techniques in developing high enthalpy geothermal systems.

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Europe:

European Geothermal Energy Council (EGEC) Newsletter - February 2015

Editorial:

  • European Energy Union package
  • Heating and Cooling in the European Energy Transition
  • GeoTherm 2015


Policy:

  • Energy Union: Commission announces new RES legislation, Heat Strategy

News:

  • Possible changes to regulation for shallow geothermal in France
  • Turkey set goal of 1GW Geothermal Capacity by 2023
  • 74% Success rate of wells in high temperature fields in Iceland
  • New Financial tool from the EIB: Private Finance For Energy Efficiency
  • Geothermal Energy: Acceptance and communication of innovative technology
  • Delft Aardwarmte Project (DAP): A step forward for Geothermal in the Netherlands
  • 2014 JRC Geothermal Energy Status Report published
  • Transmark Turkey successfully completes “KOC-II well”
  • Alstom Awarded contract for Karaha Power Plant, Indonesia
  • UN to Support 500MW power in E. Africa in next 5 years
  • Geothermal becomes the largest power source in Kenya
  • EC seeking national sustainable energy financing platform
  • Croatia tender won by MB holding

USA, California:

8th Annual Imperial Valley Renewable Energy Summit (IVEDC)

March 11-13, Quechan Resort, Winterhaven, California


Imperial Valley currently exports over 500 MW of renewable energy to surrounding communities. With the addition of new renewable energy projects that are under development and upon construction would produce up to 2,500 MW of renewable energy. Imperial Valley is poised to be a major contributor in helping California achieve its renewable energy portfolio standards of 33% renewable energy by 2020.

The Imperial Valley Renewable Energy Summit offers an exciting, comprehensive program of engaging and informative speakers to discuss the issues that are most relevant to the renewable energy industry. In addition, the Summit includes: a business exposition, ample networking opportunities, a banquet and a golf tournament.

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Friday, February 27, 2015

USA:

GRC Yellowstone Workshop

June 22-26, 2015


The GRC has announced a mid-year GRC Workshop to Yellowstone National Park. 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. Only 50 spaces are available. Don't be left out, sign up now!

Workshop Leaders: Duncan Foley, Gene Suemnicht, and Joe Moore.



The Cost of the workshop: $1,500 for GRC Members, $1,700 for Non-GRC Members.

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.

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.

Mexico:

Mexico Gives Geothermal Updates (Business News Americas)

(Courtesy CIA.gov)
Mexico's energy ministry (Sener) will next month announce the green energy requirements that companies and other users must meet, rules which will "guarantee" that 35% of electricity is generated from renewables by 2024.

Energy minister Pedro Joaquín Coldwell made the announcement at a Mexico City wind power conference during which he also said that the results of the country's geothermal "round zero" would be published in July. Businesses and other consumers will be required to comply with the green power rules by 2018, he said.

Round zero will determine which projects will be developed by state power company La Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) and which ones will be put out to tender to the private sector. CFE may also form alliances with the private sector to increase the country's renewable generation capacity.

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USA:

Summary of Discussions at the State of the Geothermal Industry (Need.org)

The 2015 U.S. GEA State of the Geothermal Industry Briefing was held this Tuesday. Here are the takeaways from the day-long conference:

  • Geothermal has been growing since the 2005 Energy Policy Act. Because of tax and loan incentives for particular energy productions, the industry has seen an upswing. Karl Gawell, Executive Director for the Geothermal Energy Association, said 34 new projects have come out since 2005.
  • But it's not fast enough. After pointing out the industry's growth over the past 62 years, Pierre Audinet from The World Bank, said, "It's still very tiny. The pace is just inappropriate."
  • Because there's too much standing in the way. Mike Long of POWER Burns and Roe, proposed that the industry needs sector risk profiles, drilling risk mitigation, transactional support for overseas projects, and the ability to replicate success. Tack on an average of 18 to 24 months for initial permit approval (just to explore an area for viability) and the fact that 90% of geothermal resources are located on federal land, and the industry is fighting an uphill battle.
  • But Nevada's taking steps to make it easier. Keynote speaker, Nevada Senator Dean Heller, motivated by "pure frustration" introduced the Geothermal Exploration Opportunity (GEO) Act. Intended to simplify the review process for initial exploration, the GEO Act streamlines a permitting process that Heller says "doesn't make sense." Ben Matek, Industry Analyst and Research Projects Manager at the Geothermal Energy Association, credited Nevada and California as being the only two states that have really learned to tap into their resources. He hopes states like Alaska and Hawaii will follow.
  • The industry must look internationally. With plenty of money and technology, Doug Glaspey from US Geothermal, Inc. implied the U.S. is maxed out. Thus, the Power Africa initiative has many companies looking at Kenya and Ethiopia, where there's an urgent need and a booming resource. Andrew Palmateer of EAGP said geothermal was the most cost effective base load option for the region, with 15,000 megawatts of potential geothermal resources.
  • Public support is critical. 76 to 90 percent of geothermal projects utilize public debt or equity support, Mafalda Duarte of Climate Investment Funds, pointed out. Therefore, the industry cannot ignore addressing early risk in the public eye. Audinet agreed, adding that the government must be willing to work as a developer to explore the resource and share in drilling costs.
  • Knowledge of geothermal energy is extremely fragmented. Participants of the conference agreed: The wealth of knowledge surrounding geothermal energy is held in the hands of a few developers and engineers. Audinet argued, to a sea of nodding heads, that the industry's political counterparts struggle to understand the industry, its struggles, and its science.

Bolivia:

Costa Rica's ICE Evaluates Bolivian Geothermal Project (SeeNews Renewables)

Laguna Colorada Lake (Courtesy Department of Geosciences at Oregon State University)
A team from Costa Rican utility Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) visited Bolivia's Laguna Colorada geothermal project on Wednesday as part of talks for a cooperation agreement between the two countries in the field of geothermal energy.

Bolivia plans to build a 100 MW plant in the Laguna Colorada area and has already obtained financing for drilling for the first 50 MW phase from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

ICE's experts confirmed the local potential for geothermal power generation, Bolivian president Evo Morales said after the visit in the southern Potosi department.

ICE has experience in geothermal energy. For 2015, the company estimates that 13.09% of the electricity in Costa Rica will come from geothermal plants, the second most important energy source in the country after hydro power, which represents 71.87%.

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Iceland:

Landsvirkjun Buys Turbine Equipment for Þeistareykir Geothermal Power Station (News Release)

Landsvirkjun, the National Power Company of Iceland has signed a contract with the consortium of Fuji Electric and Balcke Dürr for the purchase of a 45 MW power generating unit and cold end equipment for the Þeistareykir Geothermal Power Station.

The project involves the design, manufacture, and installation of the 45 MW steam turbine and generator (power generating unit) and cold end equipment, with the appropriate replacement/spare parts for the 1st phase of the Þeistareykir power project. The project also includes the option of purchasing an additional 45 MW generating unit for the 2nd phase of the project.

Construction on the power station is estimated to begin in the spring of  this year and on-line power production is planned in the autumn of 2017.

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USA, California:

PG&E Issues Greenhouse Gas Offset Credit Request For Offers (News Release)

Today U.S. west coast utility Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) issued its 2015 Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Offset Credit Request for Offers (GHG Offset Credit RFO).

The goal of the RFO is to procure GHG Offset Credits eligible for compliance with California’s Cap-and-Trade Regulations.  Copies of the GHG Offset Credit RFO Protocol and required offer materials are now available on PG&E’s website at http://www.pge.com/rfo.

PG&E will conduct a Participants’ Webinar on March 5, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Prevailing Time (PPT) to explain the RFO protocol and changes from the prior year’s solicitation.  Interested parties may listen in via web conference/dial-in.  Call-in details are available on the RFO website.

Offers in response to the RFO are due on March 20, 2015 at 1:00 PM PPT.

Iceland:

Geothermal Bread in Iceland (winederlusting)

Icelandic rye bread, also known as rugbrauð, is baked underground in Iceland using Geothermal energy.  This stuff though…  is so far the best bread I’ve ever tasted. It can take upwards of 12 hours to cook, and tends to be on the doughy, moist and sweet side. Serve with Icelandic butter.


The method is simple. Allow ingredients within a covered and sealed pot to sink into the Earth near a geothermal hot spot. Steam then cooks the bread.

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Iceland:

HS Orka Announces Higher Profits (News Release)

Alterra Power Corp. of Vancouver, Canada has announced that its 66.6% owned Icelandic subsidiary, HS Orka hf, yesterday released audited financial and operating results for the twelve month period ended December 31, 2014.

HS Orka is the largest privately owned energy company in Iceland, producing 7% of the country's power needs and 11% of the country's heating needs. Installed geothermal power capacity is 174 MW from the Svartsengi and Reykjanes power plants. In addition, HS Orka generates 150 MW of thermal energy for district heating.

Reykjanes power plant (Courtesy HS Orka)
Highlights for the year ended December 31, 2014 include (all amounts in US$):
  • Revenue increased 11% to $64.1 million (2013: $57.7 million) due to an increase in retail sales coupled with a strengthening ISK during the year.
  • HS Orka generated $23.5 million of EBITDA and $15.9 million of gross profit in 2014 (an increase of 10% and 13% respectively from 2013), reflecting increased revenue discussed above and a decrease in plant operating and transmission costs partially offset by higher power purchases during the year. Other operating costs increased in 2014 primarily due to the cost of legal proceedings and the cost of preparing for the arbitration hearings connected to the power sales contract with Norðurál Helguvík. The hearings are expected to take place in spring 2016.
  • As part of the ongoing field maintenance program at the Reykjanes field, HS Orka has completed the drilling of a new large diameter reinjection well and commenced drilling of a second well in 2014. A pipeline to carry fluid to the wells is being built and reinjection is expected to commence in early 2015.
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Mexico:

CFE Sacará a Subasta Tres Centrales Geotérmicas En Mexico - CFE planning geothermal tender for Michoacan, Puebla and Baja California Sur (Piensa en Geotermia)


Enrique Ochoa Reza,
CEO of CFE
Enrique Ochoa Reza, CEO of La Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE), said the investment for the three plants represents 1.86 billion pesos and they will have a combined capacity of 52 megawatts.

Enrique Ochoa Reza, director general de CFE indicó que la inversión para las tres centrales es de 1,860 millones de pesos y tendrán una capacidad conjunta de 52 MW.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

USA, Colorado:

Workshop: Advances in Geothermal Direct Use

National Renewable Energy Laboratory Hosts Event with Colorado School of Mines

Wednesday, March 18, 2015, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colorado



The Colorado Collaboration for Subsurface Research in Geothermal Energy (Colorado SURGE) is hosting a free workshop on geothermal direct use applications on Wednesday, March 18th at the Colorado School of Mines (CSM) in Golden, Colorado. No remote access is available at this time, so hurry! Space is limited.

The objective of the workshop is to exchange information via panel discussions by subject matter experts on topics such as:
  • Geothermal Direct Use Potential
  • History of Geothermal Direct Use in the United States
  • Geothermal Direct Use (Net Zero Energy Campuses, Commercial Buildings)
  • Geothermal Direct Use Technical Barriers and New Technology (Deep Direct Use)

USA, Alaska:

Research Looks for Geothermal Power Sources in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands (UWW)

WWU Geologist Pete Stelling Researching Geothermal Power
Sources in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands (Courtesy SitNews)
Akutan, a small island in Alaska’s Aleutian chain, needs 4.2 million gallons of diesel fuel a year to keep the lights on and the houses warm for its fewer than 400 year-round inhabitants, at a high cost both literally and in terms of environmental damage.

GRC Member and Western Washington University assistant professor of Geology Pete Stelling is researching how to turn the island’s volcanic core into a geothermal power source that could not only cut the needed amount of imported fuel into a fraction of its current level but transform the quality of life for its inhabitants.

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