Friday, December 22, 2017

Geothermal Energy News from Around the World

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A round-up of this week's geothermal energy news....... 

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Monday, December 18
USA, New Mexico: Feedback Sought on New Geothermal Energy Regulations - In 2016, the New Mexico (NM) Legislature caused a change in the geothermal statutes as well as in the regulatory agency administering geothermal resource development.

East Africa: 11 Expressions of Interest Received for Geothermal Risk Mitigation Facility 5th Application Round - The eleven EoIs consisted of 6 Surface Studies and 5 Drilling Programmes.

China: Geothermal District Heating is Part of New Five-Year Plan - China announced on Sunday a five-year plan to convert northern Chinese cities to clean heating during the winter through to 2021, state media reported, amid a deepening heating crisis.

Tuesday, December 19
Ethiopia: Implementation and Power Purchase Agreements Signed for 520 MW Corbetti Geothermal Power Project - PPA and IA for Tulu Moye, another 500 MW geothermal project in Oromia, was also signed.

Canada: Legislation to Boost Geothermal Energy Development Signed Into Law - Bill C-63, a second Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 22, 2017 and other measures has received royal assent and is now law.

Philippines: Leyte Geothermal Power Plants Hit by Typhoon Urduja - As of Dec. 18, the Leyte Power Plants were producing an aggregate of 246 MW, compared to 462 MW before the typhoon hit. An initial assessment showed that most of the damage was not to the power plants but to pipelines and the marshaling station.

Wednesday, December 20
Open Letter from International Geothermal Association to Bill Gates Welcoming his Support of Geothermal Energy - We wanted to thank you for your blog post of December 12 on the “4 Signs of Progress on Climate Change” and your commitment on finding solutions to Climate Change.

USA, Oregon: Company Plans to Develop Geothermal Projects in Klamath Basin Using Kalina Cycle Technology - Kalina Power Limited has announced plans to develop geothermal projects in Oregon, USA, with Klamath Hills Geothermal LLC (KHG), a geothermal power company involved in the development of geothermal assets in the Klamath region over the past decade.

Thursday, December 21
USA, Nevada: 24 MW Tungsten Mountain Geothermal Power Plant Begins Commercial Operation - Ormat Technologies Inc. today announced that the 24 MW Tungsten Mountain geothermal power plant located in Churchill County, Nevada, began commercial operation on December 1, 2017.

Sri Lanka: Geothermal Power Plant Project is On Track - Planning and mapping has been made for the construction of a first ever geothermal power plant in Sri Lanka.

Philippines: First 5 MW from Biliran Geothermal Power Plant Projected for September 2018 - The DoE data listed different expected commercial operation dates for six units of the project. The first two units, each at 5 MW, are targeted to be completed by September 2018 and March 2019, respectively. The rest are scheduled to be finished between July 2021 and July 2023.

Friday, December 22
USA, California: State Spokesman Suggests Permits for Geothermal Power Projects at Salton Sea Could be Issued Soon - Negotiating easements that preserve rights for geothermal development along the south shore has taken longer than anticipated, said Bruce Wilcox, the state’s assistant secretary of Salton Sea policy. “That has slowed things down, some permitting has slowed things down a little bit,” Wilcox said. “But I think we are very close to getting those done.”

USA, California: Swedish Company to Supply Geothermal Power Plant in Lassen County- The customer, Wendel Energy Operations I in Susanville, Lassen County, in Northern California, has ordered four Climeon Heat Power systems with delivery in 2018.

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