Thursday, August 21, 2014

USA, California:

California Geothermal Grant and Loan Program Awards Announced

The Notice of Proposed Awards for Program Opportunity Notice PON-13-507 Geothermal Grant and Loan Program (GRDA) has been made available by the California Energy Commission.

$5,800,000 in grant funding is to be awarded to four recipients:


The applications were screened, reviewed, evaluated and scored using the criteria prescribed in the solicitation. Based on the Evaluation Committee’s scores, the Energy Commission proposes to award funding to four applicants. The attached table titled “Notice of Proposed Awards and Results of Submitted Proposals” identifies each of the applicants recommended to receive funding, the project title, the recommended amount of Energy Commission funding, and scoring information.

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Africa:

Africa to Add More Renewables in 2014 Than Past 14 Years (Bloomberg)

Geothermal, wind and both small- and utility-scale solar projects will lead the way


Growing demand for electricity and falling costs for wind and solar power mean more renewable-energy projects will be commissioned this year in sub-Saharan Africa than were added from 2000 through 2013.

About 1.8 gigawatts of capacity, excluding large hydroelectric power plants, will be added in 2014, the London-based research firm Bloomberg New Energy Finance said today in a statement. Investment in countries including South Africa, Kenya and Ethiopia is estimated at $5.9 billion this year, and may reach $7.7 billion in 2016. Average annual investment from 2006 through 2011 was $1 billion.

“What is different now is the breadth of activity, with wind, solar and geothermal exciting interest in many different countries, and the potential for further growth,” Victoria Cuming, a Bloomberg New Energy Finance analyst, said in the statement.

Geothermal, wind and both small- and utility-scale solar projects will lead the way as “renewables can represent a cost-effective alternative, particularly compared to diesel generation but also to power stations burning coal or gas,” according to the statement.

About 3.9 gigawatts of renewable energy, mostly wind and solar, is estimated to be installed in South Africa from 2014 through 2016. Over that period, Kenya is expected to add 1.4 gigawatts while Ethiopia will install 570 megawatts of primarily geothermal and wind capacity.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

East Africa:

African Geothermal Project Gets Funded (National Science Foundation)

Project will map multiple geothermal areas and identify new forms of geothermal activity across Ethiopia, Tanzania and Kenya.


The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) today announced 39 new research projects that advance the scientific and technical capacity of both the United States and countries in critical areas of development.

The projects, spanning 23 countries, are funded through the Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) Science program, a joint initiative designed to foster collaborative global research. Through the competitively awarded program, USAID directly supports researchers in developing countries who work with NSF-funded U.S. scientists.

The 39 new PEER awards include a GeoPower Africa project in East Africa that will map multiple geothermal areas and identify new forms of geothermal activity across Ethiopia, Tanzania and Kenya. The project will work to build a strong regional framework for scientific and technological exchange, while empowering and educating local pastoral communities. The project is led by Nicholas Mariita, Dedan Kimathi University of Technology, with Tesfaye Kidane Birke, Addis Ababa University, and Gabriel Mbogoni, Geological Survey of Tanzania. The U.S. Partner is Cynthia Ebinger, University of Rochester.

Global:

The Latest News from the Leading Geothermal Energy Magazine

A free article from the GRC Bulletin - Volume 43, No. 4 - July/August 2014


The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) has made available the latest GRC Bulletin, the definitive voice of the global geothermal energy industry, published continuously since 1972. 

The Bulletin is free with GRC Membership or subscribe (PDF) to six issues a year for $90 in the USA or $140 worldwide.

The GRC has generously published 4 pages from the latest issue for free. However, the full issue is 48 pages!

Join the GRC or subscribe to get the complete issue.

USA:

Renewable Energy Provides 100% Of New U.S. Power In July (North American Windpower)

There is now 3.87 GW installed capacity of geothermal energy in the U.S.


All new U.S. electrical generating capacity put into service in July came from renewable energy sources, according to the latest Energy Infrastructure Update report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

For the first seven months of this year, renewables have accounted for more than half (53.8%) of the 4,758 MW of new U.S. electrical capacity that has entered service, with solar (25.8%) and wind (25.1%) each accounting for more than a quarter of the total. In addition, biomass provided 1.8%, geothermal 0.7% and hydropower 0.4%. There were 5 new geothermal energy units brought on line for a total of 35 MW.

Renewable energy sources now account for 16.3% of total installed operating generating capacity in the U.S.: hydro - 8.57%, wind - 5.26%, biomass - 1.37%, solar - 0.75%, and geothermal steam - 0.33% (3.87 GW installed capacity).

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

New Zealand:

Geothermal Energy Lifts Mighty River Profits (Otago Daily Times)

Increase in revenue from geothermal energy makes up for reduced hydropower resources


Mighty River Power will pay an increased dividend of 13.5 cents a share after this morning reporting a sharp increase in operating earnings and a $97 million lift in full year profit to $212 million, a 84 percent rise.

The partially privatized former state owned enterprise said its result was above initial public offering forecasts of early last year.

It said earnings from its expanded range of geothermal power stations including from the new Ngatamariki station – which took geothermal production to 42% of the company’s total, contributed to the result.

The lift in earnings came in spite of the year to June being marked by the worst hydro inflows into the Waikato River hydro catchment in the company's history.

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Tanzania:

New Geothermal Firm Established (AllAfrica)

Blessed with the potential to generate over 4,000 megawatts of electricity from geothermal sources, the Tanzanian government has formed a company to steer the country into effectively and beneficially tapping it.

Operating as a subsidiary of Tanzania Electric Supply Company (Tanesco), the Tanzania Geothermal Development Company started operations in July this year, according to the Energy and Minerals Minister, Professor Sospeter Muhongo.

"We have huge potential in geothermal since Tanzania has the largest share of the East Africa's Rift Valley system. I should admit that we have delayed to make use of this opportunity," Prof Muhongo has told the 'Daily News' in an interview.

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USA, Hawaii:

Puna Geothermal Venture Plant Coming Back Online (West Hawaii Today)

Ormat Plant had shut down as Tropical Storm Approached


Hawaii County Civil Defense reports Monday evening that Puna Geothermal Venture’s Pohoiki plant in Puna is in the process of returning to operation after shutting down Aug. 7 as Tropical Storm Iselle approached the Big Island.

Civil Defense says residents should expect to hear the sounds of normal plant operation. The plant should be in full operation by the end of the week.

The plant was shutdown after transmission lines were disrupted by fallen trees, Mike Kaleikini, PGV senior director of Hawaiian affairs, told Stephens Media Hawaii on Aug. 8. The release of steam, which includes hydrogen sulfide, occurs as a safety measure.

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Caribbean:

The Caribbean Goes Geothermal (OZY)

Caribbean islands could help lead the way in weaning us from fossil fuels by tapping into heat energy deep within the Earth.


Forget the white-sand beaches and astonishing biodiversity. The Caribbean’s real treasure might be buried deep, deep underground, in the form of steam and piping-hot water — in other words, geothermal energy.

In recent years, the Antilles, lesser and greater, has emerged as a hub for geothermal energy exploration. Nevis and St. Vincent are soon to host private geothermal investment projects. The European Union recently awarded Dominica a $10.3 million grant to jump-start geothermal energy development. And on the eastern Caribbean island of Montserrat, geologists are using cutting-edge techniques to map the rocky subterranean surfaces below.

The stakes are high. If the region can harness the power of its heat — and it’s a big if — a nearly endless supply of energy could reward it. That, in turn, would free up billions of dollars Caribbean countries spend importing diesel, which fuels most of its power plants. Aruba, for instance, spends a staggering 16 percent of its GDP on diesel.

Indonesia:

Societe Generale Arranges US$1.17b for Sarulla Geothermal Project (The Star Online)

Societe Generale Corporate & Investment Banking (SG CIB) has closed the US$1.17bil senior project financing for the massive Sarulla geothermal project in northern Sumatra, Indonesia.

When completed in 2018, the Sarulla geothermal power plant would be the world's largest “greenfield” geothermal power generation project.

The project involves building a 351 gross megawatt geothermal power station, commercial production of which is expected to begin in 2016.

SG CIB served as the "technical bank," coordinating both reserves and technical consultants and conducting due diligence. The bank also played a critical role in structuring the deal. The transaction achieved financial close in May 2014.

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Saudi Arabia:

Saudi Arabia Aims for 1000 MW of Geothermal by 2032 (pv magazine)

An agreement signed last week in Beijing saw the state-owned Chinese National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) partner with the Saudi energy research center, King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (K. A. CARE) to cooperate on the development of renewable and nuclear energy in the Middle East nation.

"Overall demand for fossil fuels for power, industry, transportation and desalination is estimated to grow from 3.4 million barrels of oil equivalent per day in 2010 to 8.3 million barrels of oil equivalent per day in 2028," said a K. A. CARE statement.

Saudi Arabia hopes to steer a greater share of that output to its export markets over the next few decades, but K. A. CARE confirmed that hydrocarbons will remain a "prime element" of the country's energy mix up to and beyond 2032. By that date, the program’s recommendations are 60 GW of hydrocarbon, 41 GW of solar power (of which 16 GW will be PV and 25 GW CSP), 17.6 GW nuclear, 9 GW wind, 3 GW waste-to-energy and 1 GW geothermal.

"In this scenario, nuclear, geothermal and waste-to-energy will provide the base load up to night-time demand during winter; PV energy will meet total daytime demand year round; CSP with storage will meet the maximum demand difference between PV and base-load technologies, and hydrocarbons will meet the remaining demand;" said K. A. CARE.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

New Zealand:

Delay to Geothermal Power Plant on Maori Land (Radio New Zealand)

Tauhara Moana Trust lands
Plans for a new geothermal power station on Maori land is unlikely to go ahead for a few years, due to a reduction in electricity consumption.

Contact Energy is to build a plant on the Tauhara geothermal steamfield, north-east of Taupo, which would generate enough electricity to power about 270,000 homes.

When the project was first designed, the company intended to have the site operational by January next year.

But Contact Energy chief executive Dennis Barnes said the market is not right to build the power station, and supply and demand figures suggest that an investment is a good few years away. Mr Barnes said the sector believes that geothermal energy is the next most competitive source of electricity supply for New Zealand.

Contact Energy has entered into a commercial arrangement with Tauhara Moana Trust, the owners of the land where the power station will be built, he said.

Turkey:

U.S.–Turkey Geothermal Workshop

October 21-22, 2014, Ankara, Turkey


The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) is sponsoring a two day workshop in Ankara, focusing on the geothermal sector in Turkey. The purpose of the event is to introduce and connect public and private sector representatives from both Turkish and U.S. geothermal sectors. This Workshop will highlight geothermal project opportunities for future U.S. - Turkish partnerships as well as discuss new government and regulatory initiatives, showcase state-of-the-art U.S. technology and associated best practices for project implementation and review project finance resources for geothermal development.

The Webster Group is organizing the Workshop on behalf of USTDA. For more information on the event, please contact the Operation Manager, AJ Bownas, by e-mail at aj@webstergroupinc.com or by phone at 202-237-0090 ext. 37.

USA, California:

A Tipped Scale in California: Time to See the True Value of Geothermal (Renewable Energy World.com)

In 2004, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) passed the least-cost best fit (LCBF) rule as part of California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) procurement. This statute required utilities to select renewable resources that have the lowest cost and that best fit their system needs.

While this rule had good intentions, it also had unintended side effects. While it meant to clarify which renewables should be selected to meet California’s RPS and ensure the stability and reliability of California’s electrical grid, it created a system that tipped the scale toward certain renewables while leaving out others. Over the past few years, procurement of resources such as wind, solar thermal, and solar PV has gone up dramatically, while the procurement of baseload geothermal and biomass resources has declined significantly.

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USA, Colorado:

2014 Pagosa Verde Symposium

21-22 August, Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts



The 2014 Pagosa Verde Symposium is a professional collaboration – a two-day think tank exploring economic growth through Colorado’s renewable resources. This year’s theme is Harvesting Renewable Energy to Benefit Sustainable Community Development. On Thursday & Friday, August 21 & 22, community-based renewable resources are the focus of the Symposium. Presenters will highlight financial and economic development strategies to enhance economic diversity in our communities. Speakers and participants travel to Pagosa Springs to accelerate the pace of transition. 

There is an $80 general admission fee and $30 fee for students. Limited scholarships are available. We hope to inspire you to move rural and mountain resort areas of Colorado into a sustainable future. Learn more about this year’s Speakers and Topics on Thursday, August 21st OR Workshops on Friday, August 22nd.

Science:

Geology: Rainwater’s Seismic Potential Runs Deep (Financial Times Magazine)

Scientists have discovered that rainwater seeps deeper into the earth than previously realized


Rainwater can penetrate many kilometers deep into the earth – further than geologists had realized. Researchers from Southampton University, working with colleagues in New Zealand, have found evidence of fluids derived originally from rainfall below the “ductile crust”, where high temperatures and pressures cause rocks to flex and flow rather than fracture in response to tectonic movements.

The discovery, published in Earth and Planetary Science Letters, has implications for understanding earthquakes, which may be triggered by fluids in the crust. It may also provide clues to the formation of mineral deposits.

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USA, California:

Is SB 1139 the Right Answer for California's Geothermal Industry? (Energy Digital)

The California renewable energy industry is divided over SB 1139.

In concept, the bill is fairly simple. Authored by San Diego Senator Ben Hueso and Coachella Valley Assemblyman V. Manuel Pérez, it would required utilities to purchase utilities such as Southern California Edison or San Diego Gas & Electric to purchase extra renewable energy from geothermal sources.

“This bill would require, no later than December 31, 2024, each retail seller of electricity to procure a proportionate share, as determined by the CA Energy Commission, of a statewide total of 500 megawatts of electricity generated by specified baseload geothermal powerplants,” it reads.

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USA, Alaska:

Energy Secretary Visits Chena Hot Springs (Fairbanks Daily News-Miner)

Mentions geothermal before wind and solar!


US Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz 
United States Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz delivered the keynote address at a Renewable Energy Fair at Chena Hot Springs Resort and toured the unique facilities and 400 kW geothermal energy project.

“This is one place that’s showing real progress and real promise,” Moniz said. “(The geothermal) cut costs here to less than 7 cents a kwh. That’s with a relatively low temperature source. With further demonstration of that, that could be important not only for Alaska, but internationally as well.”

“Our focus at (the department) right now is looking at renewables — geothermal, wind, solar — and their integration with fossil sources, which could be diesel engines as it is now,” Moniz said. “It could be propane, which would be associated with natural gas, but the idea would be to take maximum advantage of the renewable and to greatly decrease the use of the — let’s say — the diesel, which obviously is extremely expensive in terms of the logistics of getting it there.”

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Costa Rica:

Cost Rica Taps Geothermal Energy (Deutsche Welle)

Costa Rica already produces more than 90 percent of its electricity through renewable sources. But to exploit new geothermal fields, the country's Electricity Institute has to drill in protected areas.

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Costa Rica:

Costa Rica to Sign Loan with Japan for Expansion of Geothermal Energy Projects (Tico Times)

Three projects – Pailas II and Borinquen I and II – are expected to generate 55 MWe each


A delegation led by President Luis Guillermo Solís on Monday will meet with representatives of the Japanese government to sign a $550 million loan to finance the construction of three geothermal power plants in the northwestern province of Guanacaste.

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) President Akihiko Tanaka will meet with Solís at the event, along with Finance Minister Helio Fallas, Foreign Minister Manuel González, Environment Minister Edgar Gutiérrez, Planning Minister Olga Sánchez and Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) Executive President Carlos Obregón.

The projects – Pailas II and Borinquen I and II – are expected to generate 55 megawatts each and will be developed by ICE in an area near the Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park.

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United Kingdom:

The Fourth London Geothermal Symposium: The Launch of BritGeothermal

13th October 2014, The Geological Society, London 10:00-20:00


Momentum in the geothermal industry is growing as demonstrated by the recent announcement of several new UK geothermal projects. This one day symposium provides an opportunity to listen to presentations from - and network with – the UK policy makers, academic and corporate players involved in this nascent renewables sector.

Who Should Attend?
Anyone from commerce, government or academia currently interested in developing or researching low enthalphy geothermal systems and also anyone interested in investigating the deep geothermal potential of sites within their management or ownership in more detail.

The event will provide a snapshot of current deep geothermal development in the UK by delivering sessions on geothermal heat only and power generation schemes and will introduce the recently established BritGeothermal research partnership. Invited speakers include representatives from industry, government and academia. There will also be time for networking during the lunch and post conference drinks reception.

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United Kingdom:

West Cornwall is a Hot Spot for Geothermal Energy (The Cornishman)

Map showing the geothermal gradient (temperature increase with depth) of the
UK and the South West of England. Courtesy British Geological Survey
Two Penzance businessmen have joined a group from Cornwall on a visit to Germany to learn about a technology that could supply 150,000 Cornish homes with renewable electricity from deep in the earth.

Organised by EGS Energy in Penzance, and with operations manager Tony Bennett in the party as well as Cornwall councillor Tim Dwelly, the group visited an engineered geothermal energy plant in Insheim, south-west Germany, to look at the process.

They toured the plant and met Jörg Baumgärtner from BESTEC GmbH to discuss the deep geothermal plants planned for Cornwall.

West Cornwall has long been known to be one of the best areas in the country for geothermal energy.

The British Geological Survey says parts of Cornwall have geothermal gradients – hot rocks nearer the surface – higher than the UK average due to the presence of granite.

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USA:

GRC Pre-Meeting Workshop: U.S. Reporting Methodologies for Geothermal Energy (DOE Geothermal Technologies Office)

Sunday, September 28, 2014 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM (PDT), Portland, OR


The DOE Geothermal Technologies Office would like to invite you to participate in the GRC Pre-Meeting Workshop: U.S. Reporting Methodologies for Geothermal Energy.

The workshop will be held on Sunday afternoon prior to the GRC Annual Meeting. The GTO is seeking individuals in the geothermal community who are interested in participating in a discussion regarding the terminology and approaches used to characterize geothermal resources in the U.S.

NREL and LBNL, on behalf of DOE, will be presenting some of the work they have been doing related to geothermal reporting methodologies. The goal of this workshop is to introduce participants to the results of these initial analyses, to solicit feedback on the terminology, concepts, applications for geothermal reporting, and to collect input to guide the next steps for these efforts.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Global:



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Hilton Downtown Portland or DoubleTree near the Convention Center

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Submit Your Photos for The GRC Amateur Photo Contest By August 31st!


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Get maximum exposure for your company at the largest annual geothermal gathering in the world. Advertise your booth number and let geothermal industry leaders know where to find you. Ad space is limited so reserve your spot soon. Artwork due date is August 31, 2014. Please contact Anh at alay@geothermal.org for questions or more information. Final Program Advertising Rate Sheet 


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GRC Annual Meeting Features:

  • International Luncheon & Session:
    Special informational lunch with presentations and discussions led by globally known experts in the geothermal community. Great networking opportunities. Free with your registration! Don't forget to mark the option on your registration form or when you register online.
  • Student Leadership Luncheon (students only):
    Industry leaders will meet with students attending the GRC Annual Meeting during Tuesday’s lunch hour. Discussions between the leaders and students over lunch will provide one-on-one opportunities to share ideas about key topics on a variety of geothermal interests. Free with your registration! Don't forget to mark the option on your registration form or when you register online.
  • GEA Geothermal Energy Expo:
    More than 125 booths were on show at last year’s Expo, showcasing projects, equipment, services and state of the art technology to the geothermal community. Entry to the trade show is free with a GRC Annual Meeting registration.
Booths are still available! Register for a booth today. For more information or to register: Exhibitor Registration
Get the latest news on the geothermal event of the year at www.geothermal.org.

Technology:

Hot Rocks (The Economist)

Why geothermal is the new fracking


The industry may dislike the comparison, but EGS is geothermal fracking. Millions of gallons of water and chemicals are injected into mostly vertical wells at relatively high pressure, and the combination of cold-meets-hot, pressure and chemistry shears the deep, hot rock. This creates new “fracture networks” through which water can be pumped, heated and sent back to the surface to generate power. Conventional geothermal wells cost at least $5m to develop, and about half fail. The new technique can reduce the failure rate and extend the size and life of existing geothermal fields. In time, think EGS fans, it will allow geothermal fields to be established wherever there is suitable hot rock.

The U.S. energy department reckons that EGS techniques could be commercially viable as soon as next year, at which point more private investors and perhaps utilities might pile in. It is not alone in its optimism: Germany, France and Britain have state research programmes for EGS.

All this has environmentalists gearing up for another fight. EGS can trigger earthquakes. Most are minuscule but an early project on a seismic fault in Basel, Switzerland was scrapped after several not-so-small quakes. It is also possible that water used for EGS may leak, contaminating surface waters or soil. America has rules to ensure EGS’s safety, and every project is surrounded by seismometers. Whether this will prevent protests or prohibitions is open to hot debate.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

New Zealand:

166 MW Te Mihi Power Station Opens Today (New Zealand Herald)


Contact Energy's new $623 million geothermal power station has been supplying power to thousands of homes since October 2013 but it will officially be opened by the Deputy Prime Minister, Bill English, today.

However, sagging domestic electricity demand and doubt about the future of some big industrial users means building of large wind and geothermal stations of the last 10 years is at an end.

Contact chief executive Dennis Barnes said the Ti Mihi plant with two 83 MW steam turbines could power more than 160,000 homes.

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USA, Oregon:

Geothermal and Solar through Academic, Federal, and Private Partnership (Buildings Smarter Facility Management)

The Oregon Institute of Technology is working toward carbon neutrality




The Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT) recently became the first campus in the U.S. to be entirely heated by on-site renewable energy, achieving a major milestone toward its goal of making all seven schools in the Oregon University System carbon-neutral by 2020.

Partially supported by Energy Department funds, the Klamath Falls campus utilizes 1.5 MW of geothermal capacity combined with a 2 MW solar array, making OIT the first university in North America to generate most of its electrical power from renewable sources.

“The DOE’s investments at OIT are another example of how partnerships with academia, industry, and the private sector can help cut energy waste and pollution while reducing energy bills,” says Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.

The school’s Geo-Heat Center has been tapping its geothermal resources to heat campus buildings for nearly 50 years. In 2008, OIT began further developing geothermal resources beneath the campus by purchasing an initial 280 kW system through DOE funding. By 2010, the small binary unit was producing power for the school’s facilities, and the groundwork was laid to utilize additional geothermal energy through a DOE investment of $3.5 million, with a matching cost-share by the university.

A GRC Fieldtrip will visit the Klamath Falls campus of OIT, Thursday to Saturday, October 2 - October 4, departing from the GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Expo, Portland, Oregon, USA.

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USA, Nicaragua:

Ram Power Announces 2014 Second Quarter Results

Ram Power, Corp. has announced its operating results for the quarter ended June 30, 2014.

Highlights include an update for the San Jacinto-Tizate Project in the northwest of Nicaragua.

The San Jacinto-Tizate Power Plant generated 104,356 (net) MWh resulting in revenue of $11.7 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2014 (a decrease of 11% over the same period in 2013) and EBITDA (as defined below) of $8 million in second quarter 2014 compared to revenue of $13.2 million and EBITDA of $9 million in second quarter 2013. The decline was caused by wells offline for the drilling remediation program during the first part of the year and the turbine overhaul in June;

In May 2014, the company completed the 30-day stabilization period and the 7-day performance test of the resource field for the San Jacinto project. In accordance with the amendment to the project's credit facilities, the company concluded a 30-day stabilization period on May 18th, followed immediately by a 7 day performance test which concluded on May 25th. During the 7-day performance test, the project produced an average of 57.8 MW (gross) / 52.7 MW (net).

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USA, California:

Work Hard to Secure the Tesla Gigafactory (The Desert Sun)

John L. Featherstone geothermal plant
California should do everything it can, within reason, to land Tesla's gigafactory for lithium batteries.

The Salton Sea would be an ideal place for the gigafactory.

Land is cheap. There's access to railroad tracks and Interstate 10. Renewable energy resources are plentiful to power the factory — wind, solar and geothermal, which can generate a consistent flow of electricity.

Most important is access to a domestic supply of lithium chloride. Simbol Materials extracts lithium at the Featherstone geothermal plant in Calipatria, which could be used for Tesla's mass production of batteries for Model 3.

And it would help the Imperial Irrigation District's plan to create a revenue stream from renewable energy projects to help pay for restoration projects at the sea.

Imperial County's unemployment rate stands at 21.6 percent, among the highest in the country. Building the Tesla factory here would have a huge impact on the regional economy.

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Australia:

Petratherm in $17m Paralana Writedown (Business Spectator)

Petratherm has announced an expected $17 million writedown of its Paralana project assets in South Australia after failing to meet a deadline for a government grant last month. 

Despite a seven-month extension on the deadline, the company failed to meet an Australian Renewables Agency requirement it raise $5 million from investors.

The deadline miss meant the company will also not be able access the $24.5 million Renewable Energy Development Program grant for the 7 MW geothermal plant in the Flinders Ranges.

The funds were to be used for a second well for the $62 million Paralana project, which taps naturally fractured shales just above the hot basement rocks.

Petratherm executive director Terry Kallis confirmed the lapsed grant meant the company would be "unable to fund the project in the forseeable future".


Philippines:

BacMan Rehab Boosts EDC Profits (InterAksyon)

Energy Development Corp's profits surged by more than two-thirds in the first half compared with the same period last year as the company reaped additional sales from its rehabilitated geothermal facilities.

In a financial report, the Lopez-controlled firm said its January to June net income hit P6.48 billion, up 68.4 percent from P2.63 billion in the same months in 2013. Consolidated revenues amounted to P15.2 billion, up by 13.0 percent, from the P13.4 billion recorded during the same period in 2013.

The profit hike was brought about by a P1.79 billion increase in revenues mainly due to additional revenues from the 130 MW Bacon-Manito (BacMan) geothermal plants in Albay and Sorsogon.

"We’re finally reaping some of the benefits of our revised rehab strategy for BacMan. The plants will contribute to our second half revenues starting end-August when Units 1 and 3 return to service. The installation of brand new Toshiba steam turbine rotors has not been affected by Typhoon Glenda and remains on schedule for the fourth quarter this year and first quarter next year," Richard B. Tantoco, EDC president and chief operating officer, said.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

USA:


The U.S. Energy Department presented a live webinar on the FORGE funding opportunity announcement (FOA) on Tuesday, August 5, 2014, focusing on the Energy Department’s $31 million funding solicitation, announced July 17, to establish the initial phases of a field laboratory dedicated to cutting-edge research on enhanced geothermal systems.

As part of the webinar, the Energy Department provided potential applicants with an overview of the FOA objectives, info on the application process, and details of the evaluation and selection process. 

The webinar, hosted by Lauren Boyd, EGS Program Manager at the Energy Department, and members of the FORGE procurement team, is available below. See the full story, or the funding opportunity.

Indonesia:

Sumitomo Tapped for $174M Indonesian Geothermal Plant (Nikkei Asian Review)

Sumitomo Corp. has been hired to build one of Indonesia's biggest geothermal power plants, a 110,000kW facility the Japanese trading house hopes will lead to even more such deals in the Ring of Fire archipelago.

The 18 billion yen ($174 million) order was placed by a subsidiary of Pertamina, the state-run oil and gas company.

Work on the Ulubelu units 3 and 4 plant, located in the Ulubelu district of southern Sumatra, begins in earnest this month. The first of its two 55,000kW generating units is slated to begin operation in July 2016. Fuji Electric will supply turbines and generators for the plant, while Rekayasa Industri, a local engineering company, will handle construction.

Sumitomo also built the 2 X 55 MWe Ulubelu units 1 and 2 in 2012.

Canada:

Geothermal Technology Transfer Workshop (CanGEA)

October 17, 2014
Vancouver Convention Centre, British Columbia


Are you in the business of discovering, accessing, or delivering power or heat to customers? The Canadian Geothermal Energy Association (CanGEA) helps organizations recognize the overlap between their current lines of business, and helps them adapt to access new markets within the geothermal industry.

Identify technology transfer opportunities within the geothermal energy industry supply chain. Analyze your business’ potential to sell into the geothermal sector.

Join CanGEA for the third technology transfer workshop of their Geothermal Innovation Roadmap. The focus of the event is will be split between morning and afternoon sessions on mining and aerospace & defense industries.

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Indonesia:

International Bank Supports Sarulla Geothermal Power Project (ING)

Recently, Sarulla Operations Limited and international lenders, including ING Commercial Banking, concluded a USD 1.17 billion financing deal to construct the Sarulla Geothermal Power Project.

This project is set to be the largest single contract geothermal  power plant in the world. Once the plant is operational it will deliver more than 320 MW of clean, sustainable and reliable electricity to the Indonesian market. It is expected to reduce the carbon dioxide emissions by 1.3 million tonnes a year. The project is planned to be completed in 2018.

“For ING Bank this deal is a sound example of ING’s support of clients who invest in electricity generation projects that contribute to a lower carbon economy,” explains Leo van Stijn, global head Utilities-Power & Renewables at ING Structured Finance. “In the past few years there has been a shift in ING’s portfolio of power plant financing towards more renewable energy projects.”

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Indonesia:

Three New Power Plants to Start Operation this Year (Jakarta Post)

(Courtesy CIA.gov)
Indonesia is showing its commitment to developing renewable energy by continuing several geothermal power plant projects across the country with a total capacity of 1,000 MW.

State-Owned Enterprises Minister Dahlan Iskan said on Monday that the development of nine power plant projects by state oil company Pertamina were now at various stages of development.

The nine geothermal power plant projects are Kamojang Unit 1 and Karaha Bodas in West Java, Ulubelu units 3 and 4 in Lampung, Lahendong units 5 and 6 and Kota Mobago in North Sulawesi, Lumutbalai units 1 and 2 and Lumutbalai units 3 and 4 in South Sumatra, Hulu Lais units 1 and 2 in Bengkulu and Sungai Penuh in Jambi.

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USA:

IRS Releases Clarifications to PTC “Start of Construction” Guidance (Lexology)

Guidance also helps geothermal energy developers


The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued Notice 2014-46, which clarifies the rules for a wind project to be deemed to have started construction in 2013 as is necessary to be eligible for production tax credits (PTC) or the investment tax credit (ITC).

The new guidance is generally consistent with the industry’s requests for clarifications; however, it adds unanticipated complexity with respect to the transfer of grandfathered projects.  Also, it provides rules that the industry did not request with respect to projects that fall short of meeting the safe-harbor of spending 5 percent of their total cost in 2013.

The biggest policy development is a reduction in the level of investment taxpayers must have committed before the end of 2013 from five percent to three percent of total project costs for a qualifying facility to remain eligible for the PTC/ITC under the IRS "Safe Harbor" test.

The applicability of the guidance is not limited to wind projects. It also applies to geothermal, biomass, landfill gas and some hydroelectric and ocean energy projects. Solar projects are not subject to the guidance and qualify for a 30 percent investment tax credit, so long as they are “placed in service” by the end of 2016.

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Tanzania:

Tanzania has Huge Geothermal Energy Potential (AllAfrica.com)

Dr Mohamed Gharib Bilal
Tanzania is endowed with a potential for 4,000 MW of cheap geothermal energy and the Vice-President, Dr Mohamed Gharib Bilal, has challenged geoscientists in the country and Africa to tap it for the betterment of the people.

The geothermal potential is about three times the existing generation capacity of 1,583 MW produced by both Tanzania Electric Supply Company (Tanesco) and independent power producers from hydro and thermal plants.

"Our neighbors in Kenya now produce about quarter of their electricity from geothermal but we are hardly generating a kilowatt from the energy," Dr Mohamed Gharib Bilal, revealed in Dar es Salaam on Monday while officiating at the opening of the three-day Third Young Earth Scientists Congress.

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Monday, August 11, 2014

USA, Colorado:

Clean-tech Startup to Receive Grant to Advance Geothermal Brine Process (Boulder County Business Report)

Clean-tech startup Tusaar Corp. is one of 32 companies and projects chosen recently to receive a total of up to $18 million in grants for advancing geothermal energy development.

Lafayette, Colorado-based Tusaar - which is developing an organic compound that can be used extract rare earth metals from waste streams - could receive up to $500,000 pending final approval. The Department of Energy announced the grant recipients last week.

The idea is to take geothermal brine - hot underground water brought to the surface to make electricity - and extract from it rare earth metals to create a second revenue stream for geothermal electricity plants that would help increase their economic viability.

Tusaar's project specifically will develop artificial brines in the company's lab that mimic the geothermal brines. The company's organic compound will then be tested to evaluate its ability to recover the rare earth metals from the brine.

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USA, Nevada:

Enel, NREL and INL Partner to Explore the Potential of Hybrid CSP-Geothermal Plants (CSP World)

Stillwater hybrid CSP-geothermal power plant

Enel Green Power (EGP) has started a collaboration program with the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Idaho National Laboratory (IDN) to further explore the potential of EGP's Stillwater hybrid CSP-geothermal power plant.

The parties will jointly explore and quantify the benefits of integrating different renewable energy technologies at the same site and paves the way for further innovation into next-generation geothermal facilities.

The three parties have signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) under the oversight of the U.S. Department of Energy Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO).

The 2 MW Stillwater Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) Project is currently under construction in Fallon, Nevada and, upon completion, it will operate alongside the existing 33 MW Stillwater geothermal power plant, which is already paired with a 26 MW photovoltaic facility. This is the first hybrid plant in the world able to bring together at the same site the continuous generating capacity of binary-cycle, medium-enthalpy geothermal power with solar photovoltaic and solar thermodynamic.

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USA:

$18 Million To Awaken The Sleeping Geothermal Energy Giant (CleanTechnica)

"It looks like the Obama Administration is keen on nudging the US geothermal industry out of its long slumber sooner rather than later."


(Courtesy DOE/EERE/GTO)
The US Department of Energy just added $18 million worth of new projects to its geothermal energy portfolio. The sudden infusion of cash adds a whopping 32 new projects to the agency’s existing lineup of 150 projects, so it looks like the Obama Administration is keen on nudging the US geothermal industry out of its long slumber sooner rather than later.

A healthy geothermal sector would complement wind and solar power with baseload capabilities, and it also provides the potential for ensuring a domestic supply of lithium and other minerals of value to the clean tech industry.

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USA, California:

Imperial County Wants State to Require Use of More Geothermal Energy (Los Angeles Times)

California's poorest county wants a bigger share of the state's $16-billion wholesale electricity market.


Imperial County, which stretches east of San Diego County to Arizona, is seeking a special deal from the Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown that would require electric utilities, such as Southern California Edison Co., to buy extra alternative energy from geothermal power plants that are run by naturally occurring steam from deep in the earth.

The steam already is used to drive turbines that make electricity near the Salton Sea.

"Geothermal is the most reliable energy source out there," said state Sen. Ben Hueso (D-San Diego), whose district includes Imperial County. He is the author of the bill requiring utilities to contract to buy up to 500 megawatts of electricity by 2024.

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USA, Nevada:

Geothermal Energy has Success in Nevada, Wants to Spread to the Rest of the West (ars technica)

On an uncharacteristically rainy day in Western Nevada, a small tour bus of journalists rumbled past security gates at the Ormat Steamboat Complex in Washoe County. We were there to learn about geothermal power, a renewable energy resource produced by transferring heat from underground rocks up to power plants.

Most people think of Iceland when they think of geothermal power. On that island, approximately 90 percent of homes are heated by geothermal energy. But some 13 gigawatts of geothermal power are generated worldwide, and the US is one of the largest producers of it, generating nearly 3.4 gigawatts in 2013.

Ormat’s Steamboat Complex is within the Reno city limits, and it’s made up of seven smaller plants that collectively generate 78 megawatts of power. A typical coal-fired power plant can generate around 660 megawatts of power, so Ormat’s 78 megawatts are not a lot by comparison. But when compared to other renewables, geothermal has some advantages.

“The darling in California is solar, in Texas it’s wind, but both of those are intermittent power sources,” Bob Sullivan, an Ormat vice president, told the group. “Geothermal is a base load source, and as such it’s not subject to spikes in prices.”

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Friday, August 8, 2014

Colombia:

Geothermal Energy Methods "GEM Project"

Professor Alberto Sarria
GRC Member Alberto Sarria, Professor and Professor Emeritus (retired) of Civil Engineering at the University of the Andes in Bogotá, Colombia writes articles, information and ideas about two untested procedures for harnessing the high enthalpy of the Earth's internal energy.

His main themes of academic activities have been Structural Engineering, Earthquakes and Engineering Seismology and the Earth Sciences. He has written several books, including “Earth Dynamics – An Integrated Approach for Modern Engineering” (written in Spanish).

After over seven years of research, Sarria has developed the GEM Project, a project on two untested procedures for harnessing large amounts of high enthalpy geothermal to produce clean base load electricity from hot upper-crust rocks and from deep-sea spreading ridges thermal vents.

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USA, Oregon:

The Volcano Race - The Perfect Training for the Geothermal Event of the Year!

Prepare for the GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Expo by running a local 5K/10K race


Volcano Race PDX (Formerly Race for the Arts)

Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. 9:00 a.m.
Location — Mt. Tabor Park, 6000 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland, OR

Put on your running shoes, grab the kids, and get ready for Volcano Race PDX! Take on the challenge of the epic 10K route, enjoy the lush shade of the wooded 5K, or take a dash with the kiddos.

This race is professionally timed and features complimentary post-race beer, snacks, and activities for all ages! Your participation will help Young Audiences inspire young people and expand their learning through the arts.

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USA, Washington:

Future Energy Conference (Northwest Environmental Business Council)

November 5, Seattle, Washington



Returning for its fifth year, the Future Energy Conference is Washington's "must attend" clean energy event, connecting policy with practice and addressing the industry’s current challenges and opportunities.
  • Gain an up-to-date perspective on the state of the industry, policy developments, and technologies.
  • Learn about the forces shaping the markets for renewable energy, energy efficiency, and new fuels.
  • Learn how energy efficiency can enhance business profitability.
  • Explore how to do business in Washington - and with whom.
  • Discover opportunities for your business in supplying the energy industry.
  • Meet and network with colleagues, partners, and customers.
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Technology:

Frugal Geothermal – The Cost of Generating Electricity By Source (Energy Trends)

The scope of electricity generation cost is astounding! On average it costs 5 times more to generate electricity from solar thermal power than geothermal power.


Specifically, the data we see plotted above is the levelized cost of electricity (LCOE) – a static that estimates the cost of building and operating a generating plant for a period of time (here it is 30 years). LCOE includes capital costs, fuel costs, operations & maintenance, financing costs, etc.

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USA:

USGIN - Open & Interoperable Data Sharing Solutions (AZGS)



U.S. Geoscience Information Network (USGIN) is now offering products and services to provide open access to data to users worldwide! In 2007, representatives from the US Geological Survey and the Association of American State Geologists (AASG) met in Denver to discuss how we could better expose, discover, and access digital data online. We left that meeting with the formation of the Geoscience Information Network (GIN), and a commitment to building a national distributed network using free and open source software to maintain a non-proprietary  data sharing model and using established international standards to achieve interoperability among diverse data sets.  Seven short years later,  the non-profit USGIN Foundation, Inc. is formally established to bring the technology to a wider audience.

The USGIN data integration framework was chosen by the US Department of Energy to power the National Geothermal Data System (NGDS – www.geothermaldata.org), which was officially launched in May by Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz at the White House Energy Datapalooza.  NGDS is being streamed live into the Global Renewable Energy Atlas run by the International Renewable Energy Agency. USGIN is now being deployed as the framework to link data, documents, and maps into a Natural Resources Decision Support System for Arizona state agencies.

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USA, Washington:

Washington Lab Gets Two Awards to Study Geothermal Brine Products (Tri-City Herald)

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Washington State, has been awarded two grants to develop new and inexpensive ways to extract valuable metals from the salty liquid that's the byproduct of geothermal energy production.

The grants, totaling $1.2 million, were among 32 awarded this week by the Geothermal Technologies Office within the Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

Among the metals PNNL will focus on are rare earth metals, which are used in many modern electronic devices, including electric vehicle motors and LED lights. But rare earth metals, such as europium and neodymium, are in limited supply and are often found in unstable parts of the world.

Developing sources of rare earth metals in the United States that are sustainable and inexpensive can help America manufacture more of its own clean technologies, according to PNNL.

In one project, a team led by PNNL will develop nanoparticles with a magnetic core and a nanomaterial shell that bonds with rare earth metals to remove them from geothermal brine.

In the second project, a team led by PNNL will harvest not only rare earth metals, but also explore collecting trace levels of other valuable metals from geothermal brine.

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USA, Colorado:

Can Pagosa’s Hot Water Heat Homes, Grow Plants & Generate Power? (Mountain Town News)

Public-private partnerships hopes to soon begin drilling


Hot, mineralized water is abundant at Pagosa Springs. Photo/Allen Best
Nobody doubts that the Colorado town of Pagosa Springs has hot water. It bubbles to the surface at around 140 degrees and in quantities sufficient to sustain a large commercial spa and several more public pools along the San Juan River.

As well, the hot water heats 13 businesses and 5 homes in downtown Pagosa Springs plus the Archuleta County courthouse, delivering this energy at a cost roughly 20 to 25 percent below the going rate for natural gas and 30 percent less than electricity.

But is there sufficient hot water available to produce electricity, warm 10 acres of greenhouses, and deliver heat to 600 homes?

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