Monday, September 15, 2014

GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Geothermal Energy Expo:

GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Geothermal Energy Expo - Final Program

Up-to-date Information for the Geothermal Energy Event of the Year





Philippines:

EDC to Inaugurate Nasulo 49MW Geothermal Plant This Month (Negros Chronicle)

The second biggest geothermal plant in Negros Oriental mountains will be inaugurated this month in Nasulo, Valencia. Energy Development Corporation is set to start commercial operation of its Nasulo geothermal power plant with an installed capacity of 49 MW before the end of this month.

First Balfour Inc., also a Lopez-owned outfit, will turn over the new power plant to EDC to commence operation after more than 2 years of construction and testing. It is expected to serve several power contracts sealed between EDC and some power distributors.

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Ethiopia:

70 MW Aluto-Langano Geothermal Plant to Be Operational in April (AllAfrica.com)

(Courtesy CIA.gov)
Ethiopia is striving for the operation of the Aluto-Langano geothermal power plant with installed capacity of 70 MW power in this fiscal year, the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy said.

Energy Study and Development Follow-up Director, Gosaye Mengistie said over 78 percent of construction of the geothermal plant has so far been finalized.

It is expected that the plant will commence operation in April.

Launched in 2013, the expansion of the Aluto-Langano geothermal power plant will increase the country's generation capacity from geothermal to 70 MW power from the current 7 MW.

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Vietnam:


The geothermal energy in Champa (a name used for an old kingdom located in what is today central and southern Vietnam from approximately the 7th century through 1832) has great potential, up to date; researches have shown that Champa has more than 200 sources of hot water at temperatures of 40-100 degrees centigrade that provides this Muslim Southeast Asian country the necessary basis for developing prospective geothermal energy projects.

However, the geothermal energy industry of Vietnam is still under-developed, and mostly remains at the researching stage.

The US geothermal group Ormat Technologies has applied for a license to build five geothermal energy plants in Le Thuy in Quang Binh province, Mo Duc and Nghia Thang in Quang Ngai province, in addition to Hoi Van in Binh Dinh province, as well as Tu Bong in Khanh Hoa province. The proposed capacity of these plants is between 150-200MW.

Global:

Geothermal Energy is Underrated (Hydrogen Fuel News)

Geothermal energy has been seeing strong growth in recent years, but much of this growth is going uncelebrated. This form of renewable energy is not often considered to be as attractive as solar and wind power. In some cases, even hydrogen fuel cell receive more attention than geothermal power. The inherent energy of the planet holds a great deal of promise, however, especially as fossil-fuels become less favorable.

Last year, global geothermal energy capacity reached 12,000 megawatts, growing 3% from what it had been in 2012. This represented the greatest growth that the geothermal sector had seen since 2007. The relatively slow growth of geothermal power has little to do with its potential. Notably, the upper six miles of the earth’s crust have 50,000 times more energy potential than the entire world’s oil reserves. This energy is not easily obtainable, however, when compared to solar and wind power. The effort required to tap into geothermal power, as well as the cost of such an endeavor, is one of the less attractive aspects of this form of clean energy.

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Mexico:

Helping Mexico Go Green (Lab Manager)

Research includes how CO2 promises to harvest geothermal energy more efficiently than water, the conventional geothermal heat extraction medium.


A graphic generated by numerical simulation shows pressure distribution inside a deep saline aquifer geothermal reservoir in Mexico that has been injected for 20 years with CO2. (Courtesy Lehigh University)
Lehigh University’s Energy Research Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA, is leading an effort to recycle the carbon dioxide produced by fossil fuel power plants while simultaneously helping Mexico increase its use of renewable energy sources and reduce national CO2 emissions.

The ERC has signed a contract with the University of Michoacan San Nicolas de Hidalgo to study and test methods of using CO2 to enhance the extraction of geothermal energy from underground aquifers and rock formations. The three-year project is receiving $1.67 million in total funding from Mexico’s National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT).

Because CO2 is a greenhouse gas, scientists are trying to develop ways of sequestering it, or storing it permanently, in underground mines and rock formations and at the bottom of the ocean. Combining sequestration and the reuse of CO2 would be a less expensive way of preventing it from entering the atmosphere after it is emitted from coal- or oil-fired power plants.

In addition, says Romero, the physical properties of CO2 promise to enable it to harvest geothermal energy more efficiently than water, the conventional geothermal heat extraction medium.

USA, California:

At Salton Sea, Geothermal Hopes Persist (The Desert Sun)

With the fate of the Salton Sea hanging in the balance, all eyes are turned toward the lake's southern shore. That's where 11 geothermal power plants churn out electricity 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with the potential for massively expanded energy development.

Local leaders see new geothermal development as critical to funding the restoration of the Salton Sea, which has been receding as agricultural runoff declines. Restoration is likely to cost between $3 billion and $9 billion, and the Imperial Irrigation District has estimated that geothermal development could generate $2 billion in royalty payments over the next 30 years.

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Australia:

Hot Rock Director Blasts Australian Government Support of Renewable Energy (News Release)

Dr Mark Elliott, Director of Hot Rock Limited has criticized the state and national governments in Australia for failure to support renewable energy development. In an announcement of a company acquisition that will take Hot Rock Ltd. away from its geothermal roots, Dr. Elliot made his point:

"HRL will continue maintaining its interests in its geothermal exploration permits, GEP6 and GEP8, in the Otway Basin in Victoria, currently on a care and maintenance basis while the company continues to investigate the best way to try and develop the projects. However, the Commonwealth government has removed the Carbon Tax and is investigating reducing or removing the Renewable Energy Target (RET) in Australia which is about renewable energy reaching approximately 20% of electricity generation by 2020."

"The lack of action by the Commonwealth and State governments to support renewable energy prices in Australia (except PV Solar feed-in tariffs) will continue to reduce investor interest in funding these environmentally attractive renewable energy projects. In light of these events it became necessary for HRL to take action to survive, necessitating the need to consider acquisitions which are not subject to the same commercial risk as ongoing investment in geothermal
projects."

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Global:

The Latest News from the Leading Geothermal Energy Magazine (GRC)

A free article from the GRC Bulletin - Volume 43, No. 5 - September/October 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 44 pages!

In this issue, the article "Finding the Hot Stuff in Oregon" by Al Waibel, Columbia Geoscience and GRC Annual Meeting Technical Program Chairman, tells the story of the Geothermal Discovery Well Drilled by Davenport Resources on the Flank of Newberry Volcano in Oregon.

A GRC Fieldtrip will visit the project site as part of the GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Expo, September 28 - October 1.


Join the GRC or subscribe to get the complete issue.

Friday, September 12, 2014

GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Geothermal Energy Expo:

Register Now for the Geothermal Energy Event of the Year!


The GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Geothermal Energy Expo will bring together geothermal companies, academics, financiers, policy leaders, students, and other individuals to attend or exhibit at the event, to be held from September 28 to October 1 at the Oregon Convention Center, Portland, Oregon, USA.

The non-member registration includes GRC membership through 2015. Students with a current identification card from an accredited institution pay just $5 which also includes GRC membership through 2015. Registration to the GRC Annual Meeting also includes entry to the GEA Energy Expo.

Technology:

Geothermal Energy Facilities Could be a Source of Lithium (Hydrogen Fuel News)

The brine in the wastewater from geothermal plants could be used for creating the alkali metal.


(Courtesy Simbol Materials)
Mining lithium from geothermal energy plants is a clever idea that comes from Simbol Materials, a southern Californian based company that takes the brine that ends up as part of the wastewater from the geothermal process and extracts it to create lithium, which is an alkali metal used for making batteries.

The new process has some advantages over current lithium mining methods.

The vast majority of global lithium production occurs in Chile and Argentina. Brine is removed from underground and is gradually concentrated in the sun’s heat. This is a very slow process and the cost of constructing the pipes that are needed underground to extract brine and manage leftover waste are very high. However, Simbol does not need to concern itself with these setbacks because it can utilize the existing infrastructure that has been set up for geothermal power plants.

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Technology:

Champion Sailing Boat is Made from Geothermal Product (Reinforced Plastics)

The boat that won the America's Cup sailing competition in San Francisco Bay last year was made from carbon fiber produced as a by-product of geothermal energy generation.


America's Cup winner Oracle Team USA has received a ReXC award from applied research organisation SCRA in recognition of its reuse of recycled carbon fiber composite materials.

The carbon fiber was recovered using a closed loop process in a geothermal plant and then shipped to Team Oracle USA’s supplier, Core Composites, for repurposing.

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Philippines:

Aboitiz Group Expresses Interest in Mt. Apo Geothermal Plant (InterAksyon)

The Aboitiz Group has expressed interest in acquiring government-owned power supply contracts in Mindanao.

Erramon I. Aboitiz, Aboitiz Equity Ventures Inc president, told reporters late Thursday that the company is keen on bidding for power plants and supply contracts.

Among the assets the company wants to pursue is the government's contracted capacity with the 92-MW Mt. Apo geothermal plants in North Cotabato.

The bidding for the contracted supply, which state-run Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp (Psalm) will conduct, is scheduled on September 24.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Australia:

Australia Packed With Underground Geothermal Energy (Australasian Mining Review)


Several parts of Australia show great potential for developing geothermal energy, according to a newly released map in the Global Atlas for Renewable Energy, provided by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) is an emerging source of geothermal energy based on a heat source (hot rock) containing only small amounts of natural water in small cracks, as opposed to mainstream geothermal sources with naturally occurring heat, water and extensive fractures.

Layers in the map indicate the average predicted temperature of basement rocks at one kilometer intervals, at depths of 3-10 kilometers (km). Vast areas of Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia boast temperatures exceeding 2400C at 4.5 km depth. Higher temperatures – between 2800C and 3500C – appear obtainable at depths below 7 km.

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Japan:

Geothermal Power: Japan Has World's Third Largest Geothermal Reserves, 60 Percent of Which Can Be Developed (Japan for Sustainability)

Progress of Major Geothermal Power Generation Projects (as of January 10, 2014)
 Source: Japanese Agency for Natural Resources and Energy
The U.S., Indonesia, and Japan stand out among the world's largest holders of geothermal reserves. The installed geothermal capacity in Japan remains less than half that of the other two countries, so the room for development is significantly large. The cost of geothermal power generation is around 10 yen (about 10 cents U.S.) per kilowatt-hour, as low as that of gas-fired power. The relaxation of regulations on Japan's national parks, where geothermal resources are concentrated, has been accelerating.

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Azerbaijan:

New Lab to Study Geothermal Reserves in Caucasus (abc.az)

The Institute of Geology and Geophysics, operating under the Azerbaijan’s National Academy of Sciences (AMEA), has signed a Memorandum of Cooperation with the Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS) department of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MTI).

The Memorandum provides for establishment of the joint international geodesy and geodynamics laboratory. The project aims to continue studies of dangerous geological processes in Great Caucasus and other active tectonic areas.

According to AMEA, Akif Alizadeh, AMEA President,“The establishment of the laboratory will enable us to explore geothermal and hydrocarbon reserves, study hazard risks in oil and gas regions, landslide processes, dynamics of mud volcanoes and atmospheric phenomena using the advanced technologies”.

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Australia:

Australia Sets Out Mining Tax Repeal Schedule 

Geothermal exploration and prospecting expenditure no longer immediately deductible


(Courtesy CIA.gov)
The Australian Government has confirmed that the mining tax will be abolished from October 1, 2014. The Coalition's repeal package received Royal Assent on September 5, 2014. It has now been announced that taxpayers' final Minerals Resource Rent Tax (MRRT) year of assessment will end on September 30.

Geothermal energy exploration and prospecting expenditure will no longer be immediately deductible. If a geothermal exploration right is exchanged for a geothermal extraction right relating to the same or a similar area then a capital gains tax (CGT) rollover will apply to defer the liability until the sale of the extraction right. These amendments apply retrospectively, from July 1, 2014.

The Government said the complete mining tax repeal package will save the nation AUD50bn over the next decade.

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USA, California:

Geothermal to Help California Halve CO2 Emissions by 2030 (CEERT)

Report calls for additional 1,500 MW of geothermal energy by 2030


The California 2030 Low Carbon Grid Study (LCGS), funded by the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies (CEERT) explores how the California electric sector can cost-effectively support deep reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. According to Phase I modeling results, the California electric grid can reduce emissions by more than 50% below 2012 levels by the year 2030 with minimal rate impact, minimal curtailment to renewables, and without compromising reliability. These findings are significant because they illustrate an affordable, reliable, and practical trajectory toward meeting California’s ambitious 2050 GHG emissions goals.

The LCGS modeling work and analysis is funded by 30 companies, foundations, and trade associations including the Geothermal Resources Council. The GRC is also a member of the Steering Committee. 

About the LCGS
  • LCGS Info Sheet: High-level handout about the inception of the project, its participants, tools, methodology and outcomes.
Phase I Results Summary

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands:

Possible Geothermal Source Found On Saipan (Marianas Variety)

The Commonwealth Utilities Corp., which has been updating members of the Legislature on the progress of its geothermal explorations disclosed yesterday that the drilling in Gualo Rai had shown some positive results.

CUC Board Chairman David J. Sablan told Variety and some House members that federally funded digging intended to find additional water wells, turned into a geothermal resource assessment when the contractor discovered increasing water temperatures.

When the digging reached about 400 feet, the research team noticed increasing water temperatures.

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GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Geothermal Energy Expo:

Workshops and Field Trips for Geothermal Resources Council Annual Meeting

Popular Events Before and After the GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Expo in Portland, Oregon.



The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) has announced more details of events at the world’s largest annual geothermal conference at the Oregon Convention Center, Portland, Oregon, USA.

In addition to the main event of the GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Geothermal Energy Expo taking place September 28-October 1, 2014, there will be two workshops and three field trips before the conference and one field trip just after.

GRC Workshops:
GRC Field Trips:
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USA, New York:

Seminar: A Fresh Look at the Feasibility of Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS)

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
from 3:30pm to 4:30pm

2146 Snee Hall, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Cornell University 

Cornell University Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences (EAS) Fall 2014 Seminar by Dr. Tom Doe from Golder Associates.

Refreshments will be served at 3:00pm in the Snee Hall Atrium.

Hungary:

PannErgy Inaugurates 30 MW Geothermal Power Plant (Budapest Business Journal)

The second phase of the Geothermal District Heating Project of Miskolc has opened


PannErgy Plc's subsidiary, KUALA Ltd has completed the second phase of the Geothermal Project of Miskolc in the north-east of Hungary.

The mayor of Miskolc City, Dr. Ákos Kriza joined the managing director of Miskolc Heat Distribution Ltd, László Nyíri and PannErgy Plc's chief executive officer, Péter Tóth on 9 September to open the district heating center in Tatár Street, a constituent of the second phase of the Geothermal Project of Miskolc. With the implementation of the Project, trial operation can be commenced, and as a result heat will be supplied by the Company to the district heating areas of Miskolc City Center and the University District.

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GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Geothermal Energy Expo:

Power Africa Pavilion at GEA Expo To Feature Key People from 6 Countries (GEA)

The East African geothermal boom continues, and government and industry officials are interested in working with US companies. To help make these connections, the trade show of the GRC Annual Meeting, the  GEA Geothermal Energy Expo will feature an expanded Power Africa Geothermal Pavilion (Booth #1150-1168) with representatives present from the leading countries in the region: Djibouti, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Uganda. In addition, key personnel working with the East African Geothermal Partnership - a collaborative partnership between US AID and GEA -- will be on hand to help your company engage in this exciting growth area.

Senior executives from the following East African institutions will be available to discuss business opportunities open to the private sector in the Pavilion and in one-on-one meetings:
  • Ministry of Finance - Kenya 
  • KenGen - Kenya 
  • Geothermal Development Company (GDC) - Kenya 
  • Accurate Power Systems - Kenya 
  • Transcentury - Kenya 
  • Development Office of Geothermal Energy (ODEGG) - Djibouti 
  • National Investment Promotion Agency- Djibouti 
  • National Center for Research and Studies (CERD) - Djibouti 
  • Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources - Djibouti 
  • Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP) - Ethiopia 
  • Ministry of Finance and Economic Development - Ethiopia 
  • Energy Development Corporation Limited - Rwanda 
  • Ministry of Infrastructure - Rwanda 
  • Ministry of Finance - Tanzania 
  • Infratech Limited - Tanzania 
  • Department of Geological Survey and Mines - Uganda 
  • Pawakom - Uganda 
  • African Union Commission 
  • African Development Bank 
Interested in new business in the East African geothermal market? Come to the GEA Geothermal Energy Expo, being held in conjunction with the GRC Annual Meeting, September 28-Oct 1, at the Convention Center in Portland, Oregon.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Climate Change:

Rising Carbon Doxide Emissions Push Greenhouse Gases to Record High (BBC News)

CO2 concentrations in Earth’s atmosphere increasing at their fastest rate for 30 years, meteorologists warn


Surging carbon dioxide levels have pushed greenhouse gases to record highs in the atmosphere, the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) has said.

Concentrations of carbon dioxide, the major cause of global warming, increased at their fastest rate for 30 years in 2013, despite warnings from the world’s scientists of the need to cut emissions to halt temperature rises.

Experts warned that the world was “running out of time” to reverse rising levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) to tackle climate change.

Geothermal plants emit about 5% of the carbon dioxide emitted by a coal-fired plant of equal size.



  • Coal-fired power plants - 2200 lbs CO2/MWh
  • Natural gas power plants - 861 lbs CO2/MWh
  • Geothermal systems ≈197 lbs CO2/MWh

Indonesia:

Indonesian Geothermal Power Set to Draw Worldwide Interest (Nikkei Asian Review )

A recent revision to geothermal law passed in Indonesia is likely to kick-start interest in geothermal power generation in the volcano-dotted country. The new legislation, passed on Aug. 26, has eased regulatory restrictions for the development of geothermal resources.

The law removes the ban on the development of geothermal fields located in forest conservation areas and raises the prices at which power generated with geothermal energy is purchased.

The policy shift will create many new business opportunities for trading companies and equipment makers active in the geothermal industry.

Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Jero Wacik is expected to issue an ordinance related to the first revision in the area of geothermal law in 11 years, possibly by the end of the year, to lay down detailed regulations that will govern the development of geothermal power.

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Iceland:

Geothermal Energy in Iceland (decarboni.se)

"Raw Power" by Joseph F. Batir. Picture of the IDDP-1 shortly after being drilled. This is the beautiful raw power of geothermal energy! Krafla, Iceland. Taken June 6 2010. GRC Photo Contest 2014.
Iceland’s position atop the separating European and American tectonic plates has created a unique and savage landscape. The combination of fire and ice created global travel chaos in 2010 when the eruption of Eyjafjallajokull led to thousands of cancelled flights across the world. As the world watches the quivering Bardarbunga volcano amongst fears of a similar event, it is worth remembering that Iceland’s volcanism brings clean energy benefits as well as risks.

Due to the high volume of electricity consumption by the aluminium industry, and the country’s population of just 320,000, Iceland has the world’s highest electricity consumption per capita, using more than four times the electricity per capita per year than an average inhabitant of the United States, and more than forty times that of the average Mexican.

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Kenya:

Kengen Identifies Potential Investors for Planned Olkaria Industrial Park (The Star)

Olkaria geothermal power station in
Naivasha. (Courtesy The Star)
Kenya Electricity Generating Company (Kengen) has said it has identified prospective investors for the industrial park planned for the geothermal rich Olkaria area and negotiations are underway.

The power producer said the proposed park has elicited a lot of interest among local and foreign companies including a paper manufacturing firm keen on building a plant in the park.

“We are in talks with several potential investors including one who is interested in utilizing the available steam resource to set up a paper processing factory,” the managing director Albert Mugo said.

He said there are several investors adding that a strategic one from Hong Kong has approached Kengen with a proposal to establish a cotton processing mill.

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Monday, September 8, 2014

USA, California:

Bus Tour of The Geysers Offered by East Bay Utility (Alameda Municipal Power)


In honor of Public Power Week Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) is sponsoring a private, behind-the-scenes tour of geothermal power plants in The Geysers on Friday, October 10, 2014.

It’s been nearly eight years since AMP last offered this tour and it’s a great way to see first-hand how clean and renewable geyser steam is transformed into electric power. The plant workers will step us through the whole process from how the steam fields are naturally created to how the steam is converted into mechanical energy and, finally, electrical energy and delivered to the power grid.
  • Buses will leave the AMP Service Center at 2000 Grand Street, Alameda, CA at 8 a.m. and we’ll return at approximately 6 p.m.
  • There is no cost for the tour and lunch is included.
  • Please be aware that once we arrive at The Geysers, the tour will be on foot only and we’ll encounter some challenging terrain.
  • For safety reasons, children under 12 are not permitted on the tour.
  • Seats are limited and reservations will be taken on a first-come basis.
For more information, please call 510-814-6419 or email Irwin@alamedamp.com.

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USA, Nevada, Oregon:

Seven Geothermal Parcels for Sale in Nevada and Oregon (BLM)

Wednesday, September 10, BLM Nevada State Office, 1340 Financial Blvd., Reno


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is holding a competitive geothermal lease sale on Wednesday, September 10 at the BLM Nevada State Office, 1340 Financial Blvd., Reno.

Registration and assignment of bidding numbers begins at 8 a.m. and the sale begins at 9 a.m.

The sale includes 2 parcels in Nevada totaling 3,438 acres. One parcel is located on the Winnemucca District, the second is located in the Carson City District. There will also be five parcels located in the Snoqualmie National Forest in Oregon totaling 12,330 acres.

A complete summary of the parcels to be offered, GIS shapefiles and other documents related to the geothermal lease sale are available online at http://on.doi.gov/1qCHSsY. Documents related to all lease sales are also available at the Information Access Center at the BLM Nevada State Office.

The Oregon Geothermal Competitive Lease Sale is joining Nevada's Geothermal Competitive Lease Sale. All parcels for both states will be available for lease at the competitive lease sale auction being held at the Reno State Office on September 10, 2014.

September 10, 2014 Oregon Sale of Parcels (PDF)

Turkey:

U.S. – Turkey Geothermal Workshop

October 21 - 22, Ankara, Turkey



The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA)  is sponsoring the U.S. – Turkey Geothermal Workshop to connect U.S. and Turkish stakeholders to support the implementation of geothermal projects in Turkey.  Currently planned for October 21-22, 2014 in Ankara, Turkey, the workshop, which will be attended by public and private sector representatives from the U.S. and Turkish geothermal sectors, will feature both plenary and breakout sessions on a variety of topics, as well as  business-to-business meetings and networking opportunities.

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Global:

REthinking Energy: Towards a New Power System (IRENA)

The first edition of REthinking Energy, the flagship series from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), analyses the transformation of the global power sector while reviewing progress in the transition to a sustainable energy future.

An alignment of economic forces, global population growth, the threat of climate change and rapid technological advances has set in motion a transformation of the global energy system. A new system based on renewables would enhance energy access and security, create jobs and safeguard health and the environment, IRENA’s report argues.
  • Renewable energy has moved from the margins to the majority in both investment and new capacity additions.
  • It now represents a major portion of the global power supply – and is growing at unprecedented scale.
  • Financing renewables is becoming cheaper and easier.
Read More.....                REthinking Energy (PDF)

Philippines:

Energy Development Corporation Unit Inks Long-Term Power Supply Deal (4-traders.com - Press Release)

Green Core Geothermal Inc. (GCGI), a subsidiary of geothermal leader Energy Development Corporation (EDC), and the Capiz Electric Cooperative, Inc. (CAPELCO) on the island of Panay, signed an amendment to their Power Supply Agreement (PSA) extending the existing contract until December 2040. GCGI and CAPELCO agreed on a new price pursuant to the re-pricing provisions and market- based price structure in their original ten-year PSA, which was signed in August 2010.

GCGI in the amended contract also agreed to increase supply from 12 MW up to 15 MW of power for one year starting September 2014 to September 2015, and up to 18 MW starting September 2015 until December 2040.

GCGI operates the 112.5-MW Tongonan geothermal plant in Leyte and the 192.5-MW Palinpinon geothermal plants in Negros Oriental.

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Republic of Ireland:

Drilling Down into Geothermal on the Emerald Isle (The Irish Times)

Ireland’s geothermal potential is good but the pace of progress has been slow


We may not be Iceland or Sicily. We have no active volcanoes or regular seismic activity. But that does not mean we cannot exploit the geothermal possibilities that lie beneath us to generate power and heat.

Geothermal relates to taking heat naturally in the ground and using it either for direct thermal heating locally or going through a heat exchange to generate electricity.

“When people think of geothermal they tend to think of high-enthalpy [high thermodynamic potential] sources,” explains Prof Alan Jones from the School of Cosmic Physics Geophysics section at the Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies. “You think of places like Italy, Iceland and Indonesia, where there are a lot of volcanoes.

“But in fact only 5 per cent of the world’s population live anywhere near high-enthalpy sources. So a lot of the thrust of current geothermal energy exploration has been in low- enthalpy sources.”

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USA, California:

Lithium, the Salton Sea and a Startup that’s Trying to Change the Game (Gigaom)

The EnergySource, Hudson Ranch Power I, or John L. Featherstone plant,
is the location of Simbol’s demo plant. Image by Katie Fehrenbacher.
Just south of the Salton Sea — the salty, shrinking 350-square-mile lake that was formed as the result of an engineering accident in the early 1900s — a six-year-old tech startup has been extracting the “white gold” that lies thousands of feet below the surface. That valuable material, lithium, can be used in batteries for electric cars and cell phones, and the project has piqued enough interest that execs from a handful of battery makers, as well as electric car company Tesla, have visited the site.

What the Salton Sea area does still have — no matter what happens to the water — is abundant geothermal power assets underground, as well as lithium deposits. The two actually go hand in hand, and the sea sits directly on the San Andreas fault. A dozen geothermal plants are already built in the region, including the most recent one that went online in 2012: EnergySource’s project, where the Simbol lithium extraction is happening.

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USA, Texas:

Scientific Drilling International Names Phil Longorio as New President (Press Release)

Phil Longorio, President of Scientific Drilling International
Scientific Drilling International announces the appointment of Mr. Phil Longorio as President of the Company and its’ affiliates around the globe. Based at the Corporate Headquarters in Houston, TX, Longorio will oversee all of Scientific Drilling’s disciplines focused on technology and service in the directional drilling, wellbore surveying, and production logging markets worldwide.

Phil is a 35+ year veteran of the oil and gas service industry, and has held various executive management positions with both major and independent oil service companies. Longorio joins Scientific Drilling after a six year tenure as the Senior Vice President for TETRA Technologies, Inc. where he was responsible for their Energy Services and Chemicals divisions.   Prior to joining TETRA, Mr. Longorio served as President and Chief Executive Officer of WellDynamics B.V., a joint venture between Halliburton Energy Services and Shell Technology Ventures providing intelligent well technology.   From December 1999 through February 2004, Phil served as Vice President of Halliburton Energy Services responsible for Sperry Sun Drilling Services, following a variety of executive management roles within the Halliburton enterprise.   Mr. Longorio started his career as a Wireline Logging Engineer for Gearhart Industries, which was acquired by Halliburton in 1988.

Founded in 1969, Scientific Drilling International (SDI) is the largest independent directional drilling and wellbore placement service provider with operations strategically located around the world.  SDI is headquartered in Houston, Texas, with operations and facilities in over 40 locations and six continents around the globe.

Scientific Drilling International entered the geothermal industry more than 30 years ago as a drilling service provider for UNOCAL in Indonesia; SDI has gradually seen their geothermal service portfolio expand from North and South East Asia, to Australasia, Europe, Latin America and throughout the Western United States.

Scientific Drilling International will be exhibiting at the GEA Expo being held in conjunction with the GRC Annual Meeting, September 28 - October 1 at the Oregon Convention Center, Portland, oregon, USA.

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USA:

Geothermal Resources Used to Produce Renewable Electricity in Western States (EIA)

EIA projects that geothermal electricity generation could more than quadruple between 2012 and 2040


Geothermal energy has been a small, but consistent, source of electricity in the United States since 1971, providing 0.4% of total U.S. generation in 2013. California is the site of most U.S. geothermal capacity, but since 2001 new geothermal capacity additions have increasingly been located in other western states as most of the low-cost resources in California have already been developed.

Unlike conventional thermal power plants, which burn fuel (typically fossil fuels) to heat water and generate steam to drive turbines, electricity is generated from conventional geothermal resources by tapping underground reservoirs of hot water. The heat from the steam or hot water is then used to generate electricity in much the same way as in other steam turbine power generators. This process requires plants to be able to access high-temperature fluids from deep, naturally permeable rock formations. These resources are most commonly found in the western United States.

Geothermal plants are virtually emissions free, and unlike renewable sources such as wind and solar, they provide an available, dispatchable source of baseload power that is able to operate at a relatively high capacity factor. EIA projects that geothermal electricity generation could more than quadruple between 2012 and 2040 (increasing to over 67,000 GWh), helping California and other states with renewable portfolio standards satisfy their mandated renewable generation requirements.

USA, Nevada:

Can Tesla Power Its Gigafactory with Renewables Alone? (engineering.com)

Reno is no stranger to geothermal energy - it has several plants in operation already. The newest has a 20 MW capacity. Let’s say Tesla goes small and builds one with only half of that capacity. That 10 MW plant would produce 240 MWh of daily geothermal electricity.


Tesla recently announced that its Gigafactory, which will produce electric car batteries, will be located near Reno Nevada. More interesting to me, being an engineer and renewable energy advocate, is Tesla’s commitment to renewable energy. In his press conference, Elon Musk stated that the factory will produce all of its own energy using a combination of solar, wind, and geothermal. That’s a tall order, so let’s look at the numbers to see how feasible that is.

The numbers don’t lie. The site could realistically produce more than 2900 MWh of renewable electricity each day ... 20% more than it needs. These are conservative estimates on production and worst-case estimates on consumption, and it’s clear that there’s enough renewable energy to run the plant with some to spare.

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Technology:

How Fracking Is Saving the Holy Grail of Clean Energy (The Motley Fool)

Thanks to a new technology that was inspired by fracking, America might finally begin to realize its vast geothermal energy potential. While reaching that full potential won't be enough to completely eradicate fossil fuels from the mix, it would provide a nice base-load power source to work with other renewables like wind and solar.

Geothermal energy could be considered the Holy Grail of clean energy. Not only is it clean and renewable, but it can do something wind and solar cannot do: It can provide base-load power. Yet, despite its advantages just one half of one percent of all of America's electricity came from this game-changing power source. That, however, could be about to change thanks to fracking.

The problem is that the top two solutions, wind and solar, don't always work. Sometimes, the sun just doesn't shine, and the wind doesn't blow, and at times these methods can cause more harm than good. The fact that these technologies can't be used for base-load power is a problem for our always-on-the-go economy.

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Caribbean:

Could Geothermal Be The Fuel of the Future for the Caribbean? (World Bank)

Overwhelmed by oil prices, could exploring geothermal energy help the small islands of the Eastern Caribbean to reduce their electricity costs.


View of the Soufriere Hills volcano on the island of Montserrat
(Courtesy World Bank)
This is especially true on the small islands of the Caribbean where, in addition to paradisiacal beaches, they may also be sat on an underground source of energy which could prove to be an answer to the expensive and unsustainable consumption of fossil fuels.

Seven Eastern Caribbean countries have a huge potential for geothermal energy generation, which could be confirmed by more detailed exploration, according to a study by the World Bank. For example, on the island of Guadeloupe, for example, the La Bouillante power station is already generating 15 MW by means of geothermal energy.

Resources in this region remain unexplored, but experts suggest that the exploitable commercial potential could reach a combined total of 850 MW. Although estimates vary considerably.

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USA, Hawaii:

Hawaii Volcano Lava Threatens Homes (BBC News)

Lava Heading Toward Puna Geothermal Venture not Slowing Down - Just 6.5 Miles Away


Hawaii's Big Island has declared a state of emergency as a lava flow from Kilauea volcano is less than a mile (1.6km) from a residential community.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said the lava could reach the Kaohe Homesteads in about five to seven days.

Kilaeuea has been continuously erupting since 1983, but lava began flowing from a new vent on 27 June, moving 800ft a day.

Lava flows from the volcano previously wiped out neighbourhoods in 1990.

The emergency declaration will allow officials to restrict travel on certain roads to allow residents to evacuate.

GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Geothermal Energy Expo:

8 Portland, Ore., Meals for $8 or Under (The New York Times)

Portland, Oregon is the host city for the GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Geothermal Energy Expo, September 28 - October 1.

(Courtesy The New York Times)
Portland, Ore. — bike-friendly and, to this New Yorker, shockingly affordable — might also be the most delicious small city in America. So, finding myself there with about 30 hours to spare at the end of a West Coast trip earlier this week, I didn’t have to think too hard about a plan: rent a bike and look for a few cheap meals around the city.

Make that really cheap meals. And even avoiding the food carts and trucks that have been famous around town (and are old news for Frugal Traveler readers), my options were seemingly unlimited. I zoomed around on a rental from Everybody’s Bike Rentals ($25 flat, since there’s no Oregon sales tax), roaming about 40 miles and having (tastes of) 15 meals or meal-size dishes, all recommended by friends and colleagues. All were $8 or less, not including tip, and were as satisfying as they were eclectic.

I’d no sooner try to define the “best” cheap meals in Portland than I would chime in on the city’s much-commented-on process of gentrification, in which the Portland food scene is very much entwined. So instead of a “best of” ranking, here’s just a plain old list of eight high-value examples of the city’s uniquely energetic frugal food scene.

GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Geothermal Energy Expo:

Sign Up for the Geothermal Energy Networking Event of the Year!

GRC Annual Charity Golf Tournament
Sunday, September 28
Heron Lakes Golf Club, Portland, Oregon, USA


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Global:

Climate Finance Is Flowing, but It Isn’t Enough – Yet (The World Bank )


Climate change is expensive, and dealing with it will only grow costlier the longer countries, cities, and industries delay reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The good news is that money is flowing to solutions, and a growing number of leaders in government and business are taking action. The challenge is that the volume of finance isn’t enough – yet.

About US$359 billion a year has been flowing within, to, and between countries to finance low-carbon development that can help lower emissions and increase resilience to climate change.

This money is collectively referred to as “climate finance.” The bulk of it – about 62 percent – comes from private investment, largely from project developers. The other third comes from public sector sources, such as development banks and government aid, according to the Climate Policy Initiative's Landscape of Climate Finance 2013.

Climate finance helps expand access to cleaner energy sources such as wind, solar, and geothermal. It supports development of low-carbon buildings, infrastructure, and transportation, and it helps communities build resilience to climate risks. In countries around the world, it is driving development that communities already need, with the added benefits of building resilience, growing jobs, and reducing the human contributions to climate change.

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USA, California:

California Takes Steps Toward a New Policy Structure for Renewable Power (Renewable Energy World.com)

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Karl Gawell, Executive Director, 
Geothermal Energy Association

Karl Gawell, Executive Director, Geothermal Energy Association

 

The California legislative session that ended last week saw geothermal initiatives at the forefront of public discussion. Geothermal supporters sought to take steps towards a new policy structure that should favor a diversity of renewable technologies. Positive accomplishments included a first-ever Geothermal Awareness Day that brought operators from all over the state to the Capitol to raise geothermal’s profile.

Another success was the passage of AB 2363, sponsored by Rep. Brian Dahle, R-Lassen, which requires the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to incorporate integration costs into procurement decisions. This is a good first step given that the failure to consider integration costs has been a major contributor to the unbalanced procurement of recent years and has disadvantaged resources such as The Geysers, the world’s largest geothermal energy producer, from being awarded new contracts despite its local and environmental benefits.

Another bill the State legislature considered, SB 1139, sponsored by State Sen. Ben Hueso, D-San Diego and Assemblyman V. Manuel Pérez, D-Coachella, would have directed the state’s investor-owned utilities to procure 500 MW of new geothermal power. While the sponsors ultimately withdrew the bill prior to bringing it to the floor of the assembly for a final vote, it did shine a light on the plight of contracting geothermal resources and the economic and environmental benefits these resources provide including possible answers for the serious problems and unique opportunities facing communities around the Salton Sea.

Karl Gawell will be speaking at the Opening Session of the GRC Annual Meeting at the Oregon Convention Center, Portland, Oregon, USA, September 28 - October 1.

USA, Nevada:

Tesla CEO Elon Musk: We'll  Have Geothermal, Wind and Solar Power Provide the Energy [the Gigafactory] Needs to Operate (Nevada Appeal)

The battery factory will be built in Sparks, just east of Reno, Nevada and in the midst of a concentration of geothermal power stations


Tesla Motor’s Elon Musk told a crowd in front of the Nevada Capitol Thursday the company is moving to Nevada because “you’ve created a state where you can move quickly; it’s a real get things done state.”

The new gigafactory would allow Tesla to lower the cost of batteries for their cars by producing them on a massive scale. It’s approximately 10 million square feet, equivalent to about 174 football fields, and would be running by 2017. That is when Tesla hopes to introduce its Model 3.

Musk said Tesla will make every effort to make the plant look good and to have geothermal, wind and solar power provide the energy it needs to operate.

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

USA:

Penn Sophomore gains an Insight Into Geothermal Energy (Penn News)

"Geothermal energy experts and the oil industry could work together"


Elizabeth Dresselhaus
Geothermal energy has proven to be a reliable, sustainable and eco-friendly means of providing power. It is said to be capable of meeting the world’s energy demands, in theory. But can it break our potentially catastrophic dependence on fossil fuels in practice? For University of Pennsylvania sophomore Elizabeth Dresselhaus, the answer lies buried deep below Iceland, so that’s where she spent the summer trying to find it.

Based on her research, Dresselhaus concluded that “significant technological advances in the geothermal drilling process are required to achieve widespread use of supercritical geothermal power.”

This finding led her to a second conclusion, which she says was “one of the most interesting insights I gleaned from studying and researching in Iceland,” that geothermal energy experts and the oil industry could work together to make this happen.

Dresselhaus says that such a partnership “could have positive impacts economically as well, giving jobs to petroleum engineers and finding an avenue to apply the plethora of knowledge gathered from oil drilling over the centuries. Perhaps our investment in fossil fuels could come full circle to ultimately benefit renewable energy and global sustainability.”

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GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Geothermal Energy Expo:

GEA Geothermal Energy Expo: Open to the Public

On Wednesday morning, October 1 from 9am-noon, the GEA Geothermal Energy Expo, being held in Hall C of the Oregon Convention Center, will be free and open to Portland area public. If you are a local business owner, university student, teacher, or government official, you are welcome to walk the 120+ booths of the world's largest annual geothermal gathering free of charge.


GEA's most recent Annual Production Update shows Oregon has 17 geothermal projects currently in development. The GEA Expo floor features a unique opportunity for leaders in the business to showcase their projects, equipment, services and state of the art technology to the geothermal community. This is the premier gathering to learn about the latest developments in geothermal energy. The Expo, held in tandem with the GRC Annual Meeting is being held from Sept. 28 to Oct. 1.

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Kenya:

Kengen to Construct Industrial Park at Olkaria Geothermal Project (Kenya Broadcasting Corporation)

The Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) has set aside 1,300 acres in Olkaria for the construction of an industrial park. Kengen Managing Director Albert Mugo says the company is working with the Export Processing Zone Authority in setting up the industrial park that would target power-intensive firms.

KenGen has already identified 5 sites in the geothermal rich area for the construction of the industrial park. Mugo says the company will offer subsidized power to factories within the industrial park as an incentive. Mugo says several companies have already expressed interest in the project.

These developments emerge in the wake of fears that the 11.5 billion shillings Olkaria 4 project may be behind schedule after it went beyond its scheduled April completion date. However, KenGen says the 280 MW project is on schedule and that the first phase comprising 140 MW is already connected to the national grid.

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Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis:

Nevis Island Geothermal Concession Agreement Signed (Nevis Pages)

The Nevis Island Administration (NIA) and Nevis Renewable Energy International, Inc. (NREI) have announced the successful completion and signing of a Concession Agreement that is an important and critical step forward for the development of Geothermal Power for the Island of Nevis.

This agreement initiates the phased process of financing, geologic testing, drilling, design and construction of a geothermal power generating station that will provide lower cost, renewable electrical energy for businesses, citizens and residents of Nevis.

The Nevis Geothermal Facility is expected to provide all the Nevis Electrical Company Ltd. (NEVLEC) dependable capacity and electrical energy that the facility is capable of producing, up to and including 10 MWe.

The next immediate agreement priority is to finalize a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) between NEVLEC and NREI.

Republic of Vanuatu:

Geodynamics Completes Takara Geothermal Draft Assessment (Proactive Investors Australia)

Vanuatu Geothermal Power Project (Courtesy Geodynamics)
Geodynamics Limited has completed the draft Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) for the Takara Geothermal Power Project in Vanuatu.

The ESIA is currently being reviewed by the Vanuatu Department of Environmental Protection and Conservation, and will be on public display for consultation and comment until 20 October 2014.

The ESIA reviews the potential impacts of the proposed activities and assessed these against baseline conditions of the Takara area.

Mitigation measures and best practice guidelines have been set out in an Environmental and Social Management and Monitoring Plan (ESMMP) which forms an integral part of the report.

The delivery of the draft ESIA is a key step in the project which confirms that the project can be developed safely with low impact on the environment.

Further the report highlighted that the development of the Project would positively impact Vanuatu, by replacing imported diesel fuel with a sustainable locally produced electricity supply.

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