Thursday, January 17, 2019

Finland: Sino-Finnish Geothermal District Heating Pilot Project Announced in China

Four Sino-Finnish energy sector pilot projects announced in China ( Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland)

Four Sino-Finnish energy sector pilot projects were announced on 14 January 2019 in connection with the state visit to China of President of the Republic Sauli Niinistö. The pilot projects focus on clean energy supply, district heating and cooling solutions, smart and flexible energy solutions and renewable energy solutions.

The pilot projects announced by National Energy Administration, NEA this week include a geothermal project in Zhoukou.

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France: Recognition for Meaux Geothermal District Heating Network

Meaux reçoit le label « Écoréseau de chaleur » pour sa géothermie
 - Meaux receives the "Ecoréseau de chaleur" label for its geothermal energy (Le Parisien)

Le réseau de géothermique de Meaux s’étend sur 32 km. Il dessert notamment les quartiers de l’hôpital, Beauval et Dunant. Des équipements publics en bénéficient aussi, comme l’hôpital de Meaux, la piscine Frot ou la prison de Meaux-Chauconin.

Près de 18 000 équivalents logements sont concernés par ce mode de chauffage sur la commune. Ce réseau permet d’éviter chaque année 18 500 t de CO2, soit l’équivalent des émissions de 15 400 véhicules.

(From Google Translate) The Meaux geothermal network extends over 32 km. It serves in particular the neighborhoods of the hospital, Beauval and Dunant. Public facilities also benefit, such as the Meaux hospital, the Frot pool and the Meaux-Chauconin prison.

Nearly 18,000 housing equivalents are involved in this type of heating in the municipality. This network avoids every year 18,500 t of CO2, equivalent to the emissions of 15,400 vehicles.

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United Kingdom: Video of Work on Penzance Open Air Pool Heated by Geothermal Energy

First look inside Penzance's Jubilee Pool during £1.8million revamp

A £1.8-million project to heat part of Penzance's Jubilee Pool is gathering pace with the work due to be finished by July. Cornwall Live was given access to look around the site and see the work to convert the 1930s pool using geothermal energy. Part of the pool will be heated to 35 degrees thanks to a pioneering geothermal well 410 metres below which taps into the hot granite rocks.

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Germany: Nominations Open for International Geothermal Association Board

Nominations For IGA Board Term 2020 – 2023 Now Open

Help shape the global geothermal agenda and join the Board of the International Geothermal Association (IGA). Nominations for Board Term 2020 – 2023 are now open. Get the guidelines, get nominated, and run for election. We want diversity, passion and commitment. If that sounds like you, join us! Deadline 16 April 2019, 0:00 CET.

The IGA is an ´Association of Associations´ and acts as the umbrella organization for 35 affiliates. In total, the IGA currently has around 4,500 members. The majority of our membership is funneled through our affiliated associations (about 4,200) and about 300 are direct individual members, institutional members and corporate members. The Geothermal Resources Council is the largest of these affiliates and has provided 11 of the current IGA Board Members.

BoD Nomination Guideline (pdf, 335 KB)

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Kenya: New Power Line Connects Western Kenya to Cheap Geothermal Power from Olkaria

Kenya Power to link western region to geothermal (Standard Media)

Kenya Power will construct an 85-kilometre power line between Narok and Bomet to connect western Kenya to cheap power produced at the Olkaria geothermal fields.

Kenya Power said yesterday the Bomet line would complete a redundancy ring and ensure that western Kenya has access to more stable power. Currently, power utilities rely on costly thermal power plants and imports from Uganda to power the region.

Kenya Power general manager in charge of infrastructure development and network management, David Mwaniki. said there was a lot of cheap power at Olkaria, but the company could not transmit it to western Kenya due to lack of infrastructure.

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Bolivia: First Funds Provided for the 5 MW Pilot Plant at the 100 MW Laguna Colorada Geothermal Project

Bolivia disburses geothermal power project funds (BN Americas)

Laguna Colorada geothermal facility (Courtesy ENDE)
Efforts to tap Bolivia's geothermal power potential have received a boost with the disbursement of the first funds for the 5 MW pilot plant at the 100 MW Laguna Colorada project. The Central Bank of Bolivia (BCB) has transferred 41.9mn bolivianos (US$6mn) to National Electricity Company (ENDE) for the US$28mn pilot plant.

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From the Global Geothermal News archives:

Philippines: Kalinga Geothermal Power Project Confirmed as "Energy Project of National Significance”

DOE receives 331 applications for projects of national significance (Business Mirror)

The Philippines Department of Energy (DOE) has received 331 applications from industry stakeholders seeking the certification of their power projects as “energy projects of national significance [EPNS].”

As of January 11, the DOE said in its website that 293 applications were accepted while 38, or 11 percent, were notified of their noncompliance as to form or documentary requirements.

To date, the DOE has awarded certificates of EPNS to 12 power projects including to the Kalinga geothermal-power project of Aragorn Power and Energy Corp. (APEC).

The Executive Order states that the CEPNS is not an assurance or an automatic guarantee of favorable action by the permitting agencies, but a requirement from them to immediately act on the applications for permits/licenses within the prescribed periods under prevailing laws.

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USA, Nevada: New Report Documents Significant Benefits of Geothermal Energy Development in Rural Nevada

Nevada's Rural Renewables Generate $7.9 Billion in Economic Impact (Digital Journal)

The report shows a model geothermal project would result in a better economic output than a model potential solar project .

The Western Way, in partnership with the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce, released “The Economic Benefits of Nevada Rural Renewable Energy Facilities.” The economic impact study, conducted by Development Research Partners, found that 29 rural renewable projects constructed in Nevada from 2006 to 2017 resulted in significant economic benefits to rural Nevada.

The study also tested the economic and fiscal benefits of adding new geothermal and solar facilities in Nevada. The model test case was a new 75 MW-geothermal facility in Lyon County and a 100 MW-solar PV facility in Nye County. The report showed the model geothermal project would result in a total economic output of $14.9 million for construction and $8.9 direct and indirect benefits annually. The potential solar project would yield $2.5 million in total economic output and annual operations would generate $1.9 million.

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Philippines: Aboitiz Plans to Supply Geothermal Power to Iron & Steel Mill in Misamis Oriental Province

Aboitiz Power eyes deal with major steel mill (Manila Standard)

Aboitiz Power Corp. plans to supply electricity to the planned $4.4-billion integrated iron and steel project of HBIS Group Co. Ltd. of China, Huili Investment Fund Management Co. Ltd. and Steel Asia Manufacturing Corp. in Misamis Oriental province.

“These things build cities…An integrated steel mill that have economies of scale would be consuming anywhere from 300 megawatts to 600 MW. It’s a game changer if that’s real,” Aboitiz Power chief operating officer Manny Rubio said.

Rubio said the company also continued to look at overseas expansion.

USA, California: Possible PG&E Bankruptcy Could Affect Debt Financing for The Geysers

PG&E May Give Bankruptcy Notices to Staff on Monday (Bloomberg)

Some banks are taking a long look at a potential $2 billion debt financing for the Geysers, the world’s largest geothermal complex, because it supplies the utility, people familiar with the matter also said this week.

Sulphur Springs Geothermal Power Plant 2016
at The Geysers (Taken by Ian Crawford)
PG&E Corp., the California utility giant facing billions of dollars in wildfire liabilities, may notify employees as soon as Monday that it’s preparing a potential bankruptcy filing, according to people familiar with the situation.

A notice may signal that the company has accelerated plans to make a Chapter 11 filing as way of dealing with crippling liabilities from wildfires that tore through California in 2017 and 2018, killing over 100 people and destroying hundreds of thousands of acres. Investigators are probing whether PG&E’s equipment ignited the deadliest of the blazes. The company is facing as much as $30 billion in damages -- a prospect that has wiped out two-thirds of PG&E’s market value, sent its bonds plummeting to record lows and prompted rating companies to downgrade PG&E’s debt to junk.

PG&E’s deepening financial crisis has already spread to the companies that supply its natural gas and generate electricity for its customers. At least two small gas suppliers have restricted sales to PG&E out of concern that the company won’t be able to pay, people with direct knowledge of the situation said earlier this week. Some banks are taking a long look at a potential $2 billion debt financing for The Geysers, the world’s largest geothermal complex, because it supplies the utility, people familiar with the matter also said this week.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Education: Learn More About the Geothermal Design Challenge

Webinar - Geothermal Design Challenge™ Data Analytics (Utah FORGE)

Friday, January 25, 2019,
11 a.m.-12 p.m.(Mountain Time)

Join Utah FORGE for a live webinar discussion on data analytics – cleaning data, inferring insights and visualization.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced a competition for students interested in geothermal energy.

The DOE will award USD 11,000 in cash prizes to teams of currently enrolled students in high school, undergrad or graduate school. The Geothermal Design Challenge asks students to research datasets, interpret information and create a data visualization portfolio that tells a compelling story about the search for clean, renewable geothermal energy.

The top 3 winning teams will be awarded as follows: USD 5,000 for 1st place team / USD 3,500 for 2nd place team / USD 2,500 for 3rd place team.

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United Kingdom: First Large-Scale Geothermal Mine-Water Energy Scheme in the UK

The Welsh county that's at the forefront of renewable energy projects (WalesOnline)

Bridgend county is leading the way with renewable energy projects as one of just three places, alongside Manchester and Newcastle, in the UK to test pioneering schemes which could then potentially be rolled out across the country.

One of those is the first ever large-scale mine-water energy scheme to be created in the UK with another being an underground heat network in Bridgend town for homes, schools, hospitals and businesses.

The Caerau mine-water project
Could coal miners ever have imagined the black pits they spent their days in would one day contain the hope of cheap, clean energy?

Construction work on the Caerau mine-water project near Maesteg is due to begin in 2020 with the first homes being connected to the system in winter 2021.

It comes after test drilling into the mine workings under the Old Brewers site in Caerau found that the mining void was full of water to a depth of 230m – and had a temperature of 20 degrees celsius.

The project is based on technology being used in Heerlen, a city in the Netherlands, and is made possible due to the naturally-heated water from the old coal mine.

Using heat pump technology and a network of pipes, the project will begin by heating around 150 nearby homes, the local school and church.

Germany: Geothermal District Heating Takes Off - Especially in Munich

Geothermal Energy: “Heat Turnaround” (Germany Trade & Invest)

They are calling it the “heat turnaround” in specialist circles, in a nod to Germany’s larger “energy turnaround.” Although we tend to hear more about solar and wind power, the real “hot stuff” might be right beneath our feet.

In 2017, there were 23,000 newly constructed facilities in Germany for geothermal energy, which taps heat below the earth’s surface and transports it up to heat our houses and water – which still accounts for almost 85 percent of private energy consumption.

Near-surface geothermal energy is now available in 370,000 buildings, and more heat pumps than gas heaters were installed in new residential buildings in Germany in 2017 for the first time ever, according to the country’s BWP heat pump association.

The so-called “mecca” of this heat turnaround can be found in Munich. Within seven years, the capital of Bavaria aims to become the world’s first city with over a million inhabitants to draw 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources. As part of its ambitious district heating vision, the city’s utility company SWM is installing a dense network of pipes carrying steam and hot water and connecting them to tens of thousands of households. By 2040, it hopes to have completely phased out power plants that burn waste, gas and coal and to rest primarily on geothermal energy.

USA, Idaho: Power Engineers Wins Engineering Excellence Award for Kizildere-3 Geothermal Power Plant

Idaho-designed geothermal plant (company) wins engineering award (

(Courtesy POWER Engineers Inc.)
The American Council of Engineering Companies of Idaho recently awarded POWER Engineers Inc. a first-place Engineering Excellence Award for its Kizildere-3 Geothermal Power Plant.

The power plant is owned and operated by Zorlu Energy, a major Turkish contractor, investor and industrial holding company. Kizildere-3, Turkey’s largest geothermal power plant, is one of the world’s only triple-flash plus combined-cycle configuration geothermal plants — an arrangement that combines two well-known types of technology to increase efficiency. With the addition of this 165 MW geothermal plant to Turkey’s generation fleet, the country can further reduce its dependence on imported fossil fuels.

USA, California: Presentation on Geothermal Energy: Regulatory Opportunities for an Economically Competitive Resource in a Carbon Neutral Future

Climate Club Dinner - Geothermal Energy: Regulatory Opportunities for an Economically Competitive Resource in a Carbon Neutral FutureImperial Valley Economic Development Corporation 

Thursday, January 24, 2019, 5:30 - 8:00PM
Old Eucalyptus School House, El Centro, California 

Guest speakers: Professor Tim Duane and 2018 Top Lawyer in Energy John Lormon, Chair of the Energy and Environmental Practice Group at Procopio.

In 2016, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) opened the Integrated Resource Planning (IRP) Proceeding to implement Senate Bill 350. In the IRP, the CPUC is adopting an energy resource plan that would represent the optimal mix of both renewable and conventional generation to meet the state’s ambitious utility sector emission reduction goals, renewable portfolio standards, and minimize pollution in disadvantaged communities by 2030.

Stakeholders from all power generators, including all of the renewable resource industries are participating in the IRP (approximately 200 parties), but the geothermal industry is currently underrepresented in this proceeding. Between 2016 and early 2018, only a handful of parties representing geothermal interests participated in the proceeding, including Imperial County, and more recently, Controlled Thermal Resources, which consistently advocated to include factors that will increase the economic viability and competitiveness of geothermal generation in the Imperial Valley region.

Professor Tim Duane and the Procopio team represented Imperial County in the IRP and achieved several milestones, including the recognition that the CPUC must revise flawed planning assumptions that currently undervalue geothermal generation and make this resource uncompetitive.

Join us for this exclusive dinner program where we will review the important milestones that Imperial County achieved during the first phase of the IRP that are aligned with the interest the geothermal industry. You will hear about the latest developments in the IRP, including a recent ruling that orders modeling adjustments in the next cycle of the IPR (which is set to begin in early 2019) and may lead to modeling results showing how geothermal generation is economically competitive as natural gas plants are retired.

At the end of this dinner program, we expect our guests to have an understanding of the realistic opportunities that exist for the promotion of the geothermal industry in the IRP. This update is being provided at a time when IRP procurement decisions will be made. The industry has a great opportunity to convince the CPUC that the inclusion of more geothermal is necessary to have a balanced portfolio that meet the legislative mandates.

USA, California: Meeting of the Geothermal Resources Council Southern California Section is Today

SoCal GRC Section Meeting

3:30pm, 15 January 2019, Strike Zone IV,
950 N Imperial Ave, El Centro, CA 92243

  1. Welcome & Introductions
    a. The year of action!
  2. 2018 Hawaiian Volcanic Eruption & Geothermal
    Lava Overruns the Puna Geothermal Venture
    Presented by Charlene Wardlow, Geothermal Program Manager and District Deputy for the Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources. Ms. Wardlow participated in the joint task force and was onsite while lava overran a portion of the wellfield and facility.
  3. GRC Policy Committee presentation
    The GRC Policy Committee advocates for public policies that will promote the development and utilization of geothermal resources and provides a forum for the industry to discuss issues and problems.
    a. Presenters - Will Pettitt, Executive Director of the GRC & Jonathan Weisgall, VP of Government Relations for BHE
    b. Committee’s function and vision
    c. 2019 strategy and goals
    d. Discussion of support and collaboration
    e. California Chamber of Commerce Advocate membership ($15-25k)

    2018 Committee Focus
    Federal Issues: Federal Tax Incentive Extenders Resist 70% Federal EERE Budget Cut from Existing $2.2B, Maintain Federal Geothermal Payments to Counties
    – California Issues: Track Evolving California Market and Potential Geothermal Opportunities, Participate in CPUC Diablo Canyon Hearing, Participate in CPUC Integrated Resource Plan
    – General Industry Issues: Public/Private Geothermal Discovery Risk Reduction, Non-Conventional Geothermal
  4. Lithium Extraction Research in Geothermal
    a. Jonathan Weisgall presenting
  5. 2019 GRC Annual Meeting in Palm Springs (September 15-18, 2019)
    a. Status Update
    b. Field Trips
  6. Public Outreach Committee
    a. Request for volunteers to create the committee
    b. Tom Baker and Armando to lead description of outreach committee ideas
  7. Call for Project Updates
    a. Open Forum
  8. Meeting Conclusion and Public Outreach Committee Breakout Session

Monday, January 14, 2019

Geothermal Event - Call For Papers for GRC Annual Meeting

GRC Annual Meeting 2019 - Call for Papers Issued (News Release)

Geothermal Resources Council Annual Meeting will be held Sept. 15-18 in Palm Springs, California, USA.

The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) has issued a call for papers for the world’s biggest annual geothermal energy conference of the year taking place September 15-18, 2019, at the Palm Springs Convention Center, Palm Springs, California, USA. The 43rd GRC Annual Meeting & Expo will highlight Geothermal: Green Energy for the Long Run - as a clean, dependable renewable energy, geothermal energy offers a long-term solution for the supply of low-carbon emission electricity.

The GRC Annual Meeting is the industry’s largest annual gathering of leading geothermal energy scientists, producers, renewable energy industry stakeholders, regulators, utilities, and key associated business leaders. The four-day event will offer technical, policy, and market conference sessions, educational seminars, tours of local geothermal and renewable energy projects, and numerous networking opportunities.

USA, Washington D.C.: GRC Executive Director to Speak for Geothermal Energy at USEA State of the Industry Forum

15th Annual State of the Energy Industry Forum (USEA)

24 January, The National Press Club, Washington, DC, United States

The United States Energy Association (USEA) begins each calendar year with its widely- recognized State of the Energy Industry Forum.  The Forum brings together distinguished leaders from the most influential energy trade associations to share their outlook and to discuss dynamic issues facing the energy industry in the new year.

Our own Will Pettitt, Ph.D., FGS, Executive Director – Geothermal Resources Council, will be participating on the 2019 Renewable Outlook panel.

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Global: Calendar of Geothermal Energy Events

Geothermal Energy Calendar from the Geothermal Resources Council

SoCal GRC Section Meeting
15 January, 3:30pm, Strike Zone IV, 950 N Imperial Ave, El Centro, California, 92243

GeoEnergi 2019 (Norwegian Centre for Geothermal Energy Research)
4-5 February, Bergen, Norway

GT'2019 - Geothermal Turkey Congress
6-7 February, Ankara, Turkey

Stanford Geothermal Workshop
11-13 February, Stanford, California, USA

GeoTHERM - Expo & Congress
14-15 February, Offenburg, Germany

10th European Geothermal PhD Day
25-27 February, Potsdam, Germany

3rd Annual Geothermal Conference - The heat of the future (GEOOP)
27 February, Fællessalen, Christiansborg, Denmark

DAP Symposium 2019 (TU Delft)
Urban Heating: Risks & Rewards - Integrating cities with geothermal energy
12 March, Delft, Netherlands

8th ITB International Geothermal Workshop 2019
20-21 March, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Bandung, Indonesia

IGC Invest Geothermal
28 March, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

AAPG 3rd Hydrocarbon – Geothermal Cross Over Technology Workshop
9-10 April, Geneva, Switzerland

EAGE/DGMK Joint Workshop on Deep Geothermal Energy - Underground Storage of Hydrogen
24 April, Celle, Germany

IGC Islands Geothermal Conference
15-16 May, Terceira Island, Azores, Portugal

EAGE Annual Conference & Exhibition 2019
3-6 June, London, UK

European Geothermal Congress 2019 (EGEC)
11-14 June, The Hague, Netherlands

43rd GRC Annual Meeting & Expo
15-18 September, Palm Springs, California, USA

Praxisforum Geothermie.Bayern
7-9 October, Munich, Germany

IGC Turkey Geothermal Congress & Expo
6-8 November, Izmir, Turkey

Der Geothermiekongress 2019
19-22 November, Munich, Germany

World Geothermal Congress 2020
27 April - 1 May 2020, Reykjavik, Iceland

44th GRC Annual Meeting & Expo
18-21 October 2020, Reno, Nevada, USA

USA, Colorado: Employment Opportunity as Geothermal Drilling Engineering Scientist IV at NREL

Vacancy - Geothermal Drilling Engineering Scientist IV (NREL)

Location: Golden, Colorado, USA

The Geothermal Research Group at National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is seeking a drilling expert to build and strengthen drilling research capabilities at the lab. Global research in geothermal is targeting hotter and deeper resources.  Advances in geothermal drilling engineering are needed to reduce global drilling costs and the levelized cost of electricity produced from geothermal resources. New technologies should leverage existing innovations from U.S. oil and gas industries, as well as other high-temperature material and power electronics research in industries such as solar, grid, and vehicles technologies.

Work will consist primarily of advancing research in drilling optimization (e.g., physics-based drilling practices, approaching the perfect well) for geothermal, design and development of high-temperature materials and tools both for geothermal drilling and for geothermal wellbore design and construction. The successful applicant will work collaboratively with academia to advance geothermal drilling rates, including detailed drilling data collection and analysis and material and component development. The position will be expected to develop strategic global geothermal drilling initiatives, successfully manage multi-party research projects, publish relevant research outcomes in peer-reviewed scientific journals, and to write proposals with partners from industry and academia to win funding opportunities and grow NREL’s Geothermal Research Group.

Climate Change: Geothermal Heat Can Boost Agriculture Production - Report

Accelerating geothermal heat adoption in the agri-food sector: Key lessons and recommendations (IRENA)

Predominantly known for power generation and district heating, geothermal energy can also be used in its primary form (i.e. heat) in the agri-food sector – for instance in greenhouses or for food drying and processing.

Using it for such purposes can help increase food availability, reduce dependency on fossil fuels, protect against price volatility and diminish harmful emissions from the sector. Furthermore, it can significantly reduce food waste.

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Turkey: New Geothermal Resource Exploration in Manisa Province

Aytemiz Salihli’de jeotermal kaynak arayacak - Aytemiz will search for geothermal resources in Salihli

Enerji Günlüğü - Aytemiz Elektrik, Manisa’nın Salihli ilçesinde 4 adet lokasyonda sondaj kuyuları açarak jeotermal kaynak arayacak.

Aytemiz Elektrik Üretim A.Ş. tarafından 2012/11 İşletme Ruhsatı numaralı sahada, Manisa İli, Salihli İlçesi, Kabazlı Mahallesi 417, 826, 2067 Parseller, Karaoğlanlı Mahallesi 1167 Parsel sınırları içerisinde sondaj yöntemiyle jeotermal kaynak arama çalışmaları yürütmeyi planlıyor.

(From Google Translate) Energy Log - Aytemiz Elektrik will search for geothermal resources in 4 locations in Salihli, Manisa. 

Aytemiz Electricity Production Inc. in the field of Operation License No. 2012/11, Salihli District, Manisa Province, Kabazli District 417, 826, 2067 Parcels, Karaoglanli District 1167 Parcel plans to conduct geothermal resource exploration within the boundaries of the parcel.

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Global: Women Represent 32% of the Renewable Energy Workforce - IRENA Report

Renewable Energy: A Gender Perspective (IRENA)

Renewable Energy: A Gender Perspective provides new insights on women’s role in renewable energy employment and decision-making globally.

This key report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) aims to help fill the knowledge gap in this field. Based on a ground-breaking, first-of-its-kind online survey combined with in-depth research, the study highlights the importance of women’s contributions in the energy transformation, the barriers and challenges they face, and measures that governments and companies can take to address these.

The study finds that women represent 32% of the renewable energy workforce. This compares favourably to the broader, conventional energy sector. Still significant imbalances remain, both in highly developed markets and in communities where renewables are only now extending energy access. The decentralised nature of renewable applications, however, brings energy choices to the household and community level, where women tend to have a greater voice.

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Philippines: Grid Impact Study Approved for 120 MW Kalinga Geothermal Power Project

Aragorn to conduct geothermal study (Manila Standard)

The Department of Energy has allowed Aragorn Power and Energy Corp. (APEC) to conduct a grid impact study for its proposed 120-megawatt Kalinga geothermal power project in Pasil, Kalinga province.

This is the first project allowed by the agency this year to conduct a study on the impact of the Kalinga project to the grid.

The DoE approved the conduct of the study on January 4. The agency earlier declared the Kalinga geothermal plant as an energy project of national significance.

The Energy Investment Coordinating Council through the DeE approved the application of APEC to declare the plant as an energy project of national significance.

APEC and partner Guidance Management Corp. owns the geothermal service contract in the province of Kalinga covering an area of around 26,000 hectares with an estimated power generation potential of between 120 MW and 200 MW.

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Malaysia: 37 MW Tawau Geothermal Power Project Approval Revoked - Appeal Fails

Ranhill’s associate fails in appeal against revocation of permit to sell renewable energy (The Edge Markets MY)

Ranhill Holdings Bhd’s 26.7%-owned associate, Tawau Green Energy Sdn Bhd (TGE), has failed in its appeal against Sustainable Energy Development Authority’s (Seda) decision to revoke its feed-in approval.

In a filing with Bursa Malaysia, Ranhill said TGE had on Oct 4 last year received Seda’s revocation, and had submitted an appeal to Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin.

Ranhill said TGE has received requisite approvals to develop a 37 MW geothermal power plant at Apas Kiri in Tawau, and the plant will operate using Binary ORC Technology utilizing indigenous geothermal resources to be exploited at the Apas Geothermal Prospect.

Kenya: Drilling to Resume at 70 MW Akiira One Geothermal Project

Centum set to resume geothermal exploration (Business Daily Africa)

Centum Investment Company Plc and its partners plan to resume exploration for geothermal steam in Naivasha by March after previous two wells yielded less resource than what is required to sustain electricity generation.

Akiira Geothermal Ltd, a consortium where Centum controls a 37.5 per cent stake, banks on the planned drilling to kick-start building of a 70-megawatt power plant whose cost is projected at €310 million (Sh36.04 billion).

The first two wells, whose drilling works started in 2015, encountered some steam which was, however, not enough to support power generation to be connected to the national grid.

Centum chief executive James Mworia said: “We are in advanced discussions with strategic partners to do a joint development of the field and we expect to conclude that in the first quarter and to carry on with the drilling activities.”

“The field is rich in geothermal. It’s just next to KenGen’s Olkaria field. So, I have no doubt it’s going to be a successful operation. It’s just that it has taken us a long time,” he added.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Canada: Test Well Drilled to 3,530 Meters at Estevan Geothermal Power Project

Feds providing $25M for geothermal power plant after deepest well in Sask. history drilled (CBC)

Company leading the project expects plant to produce electricity in two-and-a-half years

Kirsten Marcia, president and CEO of DEEP Earth Energy Production Corp., and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau both made announcements regarding a geothermal power plant in Saskatchewan. (Kendall Latimer/CBC)
A geothermal power plant near Estevan, Sask. is moving onto the next phase after a test that saw the deepest well in Saskatchewan history successfully drilled.

The second phase involves having a production well and an injection well running in a loop to help determine the next stage of drilling and other aspects of the plant, according to Kirsten Marcia, president and CEO of DEEP Earth Energy Production Corp.

The test well is 3,530 metres (11,581 feet) deep and was drilled without any safety or environmental incidents, according to a news release by DEEP.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Friday — the day after Trudeau held a town hall meeting at the University of Regina — that the federal government will be providing $25.6 million to the project, almost half of the $51.3 million cost.

Geothermal Energy News from Around the World

Global Geothermal News - Weekly Update (Geothermal Resources Council)

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

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to view the whole story and other news on Global Geothermal News.

Climate Change: Report Suggests Energy Transformation will Change Energy Statecraft as We Know It

Global Commission Describes New Geopolitical Power Dynamics Created by Renewables (IRENA)

Political and business leaders from around the world have outlined the far-reaching geopolitical implications of an energy transformation driven by the rapid growth of renewable energy. In a new report launched today at the Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the Global Commission on the Geopolitics of Energy Transformation says the geopolitical and socio-economic consequences of a new energy age may be as profound as those which accompanied the shift from biomass to fossil fuels two centuries ago. These include changes in the relative position of states, the emergence of new energy leaders, more diverse energy actors, changed trade relationships and the emergence of new alliances.

The Commission’s report ‘A New World’ suggests that the energy transformation will change energy statecraft as we know it. Unlike fossil fuels, renewable energy sources are available in one form or another in most geographic locations. This abundance will strengthen energy security and promote greater energy independence for most states. At the same time, as countries develop renewables and increasingly integrate their electricity grids with neighbouring countries, new interdependencies and trade patterns will emerge. The analysis finds oil and gas-related conflict may decline, as will the strategic importance of some maritime chokepoints. 

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Canada: Prime Minister Announces Funding for DEEP Geothermal Power Project

Trudeau announces funding for Canada’s first geothermal power plant in Estevan (CTV Regina)

On his second day in Regina, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced funding for a new geothermal power plant near Estevan.

The federal government will provide $25.6 million in funding for a five Megawatt facility, which will produce enough energy to power about 5,000 homes while take the equivalent of the yearly emission of 7,400 cars out of the atmosphere.

The project will be led by DEEP Earth Energy Production Corporation and will be the first of its kind in Canada. The project is expected to cost $51.3 million.

In November, DEEP Earth announced their first geothermal well began operation in the Torquay area and is currently the only well in Saskatchewan.

The new power plant is expandable to 200 Megawatts; however more wells would be needed.

New Zealand: Employment Opportunity as Engineering Support at Mercury Geothermal Power Plants

Vacancy - Well Services Engineer - Mercury

Based in Rotorua, New Zealand
Applications close Sunday, 27th January 2019 

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join Mercury as a Well Services Engineer. The role provides well engineering support across the four geothermal fields operated by Mercury in the central North Island of New Zealand.

The successful candidate will join a highly-skilled Well Services team with responsibility for delivering drilling and well intervention works, monitoring well integrity and supporting well operations. You will carry out asset management and inventory management for a portfolio of over 200 wells supplying 10% of New Zealand's electricity demand.

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Netherlands: Another Possible Geothermal District Heating Project Gets Go-Ahead

HVC onderzoekt aardwarmte voor IJmondgemeenten - HVC is investigating geothermal energy for IJmond municipalities (

Afval- en energiebedrijf HVC kreeg toestemming om te gaan zoeken naar goede aardwarmtebronnen in de zogenaamde IJmondgemeenten. Bewoners van Beverwijk, Heemskerk en Velsen zouden naast aardwarmte ook restwarmte van Tata Steel en thermische energie uit afval- en oppervlaktewater kunnen gebruiken.

(From Google Translate) Waste and energy company HVC has received permission to search for good geothermal heat sources in the so-called IJmond municipalities. In addition to geothermal energy, residents of Beverwijk, Heemskerk and Velsen could also use residual heat from Tata Steel and thermal energy from waste and surface water.

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Morocco: Geothermal Potential Assessment of North Eastern Morocco

Gesto Develops Northern East Morocco Strategy For Geothermal Power (Gesto)

Under the Project Geothermal Potential Assessment of Northern East Morocco, Gesto (HQ is in Algés, Portugal) has published the poster “Road Map for Geothermal Exploration and Exploitation” that summarizes the strategy for development of geothermal power in an area of more than 60,000 km2.

The Geothermal Potential Assessment of Northern East Morocco project that Gesto is developing for the National Office of Hydrocarbons and Mines of Morocco (ONHYM) is in its final stage after more than 1 year of field work and desk analysis – which included collection and investigation of existing and new data, field work, laboratory analysis and interpretation and recommendation of the strategy to be implemented.

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Denmark: One Day Geothermal Conference in Copenhagen

3rd Annual Geothermal Conference - The heat of the future (GEOOP - Geotermisk Operatørselskab)

February 27, 2019, Fællessalen, Christiansborg, Denmark

Registration: Helle Jespersen - no later than 13 February 2019. 
Chair: Christian Ibsen, CONCITO

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Philippines: AP Renewables Inc. to Supply Geothermal Power to Local Business

AboitizPower forges 7 BGC office supply deals (Philippine Star)

Aboitiz Power Corp. has secured a deal with The Net Group (TNG) to supply seven office buildings in Bonifacio Global City with 13.5-megawatts (MW) of clean energy.

The power supply is sourced from AboitizPower’s geothermal plants under AP Renewables Inc. (APRI), which has facilities in Tiwi, Albay; Bay and Calauan, Laguna; and Sto. Tomas, Batangas.

AboitizPower chief operating officer Emmanuel Rubio said supply from geothermal facilities would provide baseload power to the 24/7 requirements of TNG.

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Education: More than 180 Technical Papers from 2018 Geothermal Energy Event Now Available

2018 GRC Transactions Are Now Available in The GRC Online Geothermal Library! - For Members Only

More than 180 papers from the 2018 GRC Transactions Volume 42 are now available online to current GRC members. Don't lose access to these papers - make sure your membership is up to date by renewing your GRC membership today!

GRC Membership Renewals were sent out several weeks ago. If you did not receive your renewal notice, please contact Anh Lay at (530) 758-2360 ext. 100 or by email at

Don't forget to check out the Policy Committee options and donate to the different GRC funds! We rely heavily on support from generous people like you! All donations are tax deductible.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

USA, Utah: Employment Opportunity at Blundell Geothermal Plant

Vacancy - Operations/Maintenance Manager, Geothermal - PacifiCorp

Location: Blundell Geothermal Plant, Milford, Utah, USA
Salary: $101,300 - $123,500 a year

The operations manager position provides direct supervision to the operations personnel, ensures the efficient, reliable operation of the facility, and ensures compliance with safety, regulatory, and environmental standards.

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Science & Technology: New Research Suggests Cerro Prieto Geothermal Field is a Fossil System

Cerro Prieto Geothermal Field (Baja California, Mexico) – A fossil system? Insights from a noble gas study (Science Direct)

  • Extensive noble gas survey was carried out in the Cerro Prieto Geothermal Field.
  • 3He/4He indicates magmatic and old sedimentary fluids, with little recharge.
  • Cl, Br, and U-Th/He fluid ages suggest that old fluids are connate seawater.
  • Stable isotopes and halogens indicate a third old groundwater from shallower aquifers.
  • Active modern recharge is limited, indicating Cerro Prieto is a fossil geothermal system.
Daniele L. Pinti, et al. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research,

Costa Rica: Las Pailas II 55 MW Geothermal Project to be Completed by Mid-Year

Las Pailas II Geothermal Project reaches 93% of constructive progress (Business News Americas)

The Las Pailas II Geothermal Project is in an intense testing phase to integrate into the National Electric System (SEN) and generate sustainable electricity before the end of the first half of 2019. By the end of November, its construction progress exceeded 93%.

The plant, located in Liberia, will have 55 megawatts of installed capacity, firm and renewable, which will serve to ensure the base of the electricity demand curve.

United Arab Emirates: Global Geothermal Alliance to Meet in Abu Dhabi on Saturday

Global Geothermal Alliance Meeting

12 January, 13:15-14:15, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 

A meeting of the Global Geothermal Alliance will take place in Abu Dhabi on Saturday, 12 January 2019, from 13:15 to 14:15.

The meeting will be held in the framework of the Ninth Session of the IRENA Assembly and will provide the opportunity to share insights and experience on geothermal power and heat as well as to facilitate networking.

The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) is a partner of the Global Geothermal Alliance.

Philippines: Maibarara Geothermal Plants Given Certificate of Compliance for Operation Until 2023

ERC renews PetroEnergy plants’ compliance permits (Manila Times)

The Philippines Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has renewed Maibarara Geothermal, Inc.’s (MGI) certificate of compliance (COC) to operate its two geothermal facilities in Sto. Tomas town, Batangas province, PetroEnergy Resources Corp. said on Wednesday.

In a disclosure, the listed energy firm identified the facilities as the 20-megawatt Maibarara-1 and 12-MW Maibarara-2 , and said the COC allowed it to operate the power plants until October 2023.

MGI is a joint venture between PetroEnergy renewable-energy unit PetroGreen Energy Corp. (65 percent), PHINMA Energy Corp. (25 percent) and state-owned PNOC Renewables Corp. (10 percent).

USA, California: Geothermal Resources Council Submits Comments to the California Public Utilities Commission

California Public Utilities Commission - Rulemaking 16-02-007

Order Instituting Rulemaking to Develop an Electricity Integrated Resource Planning Framework and to Coordinate and Refine Long-Term Procurement Planning Requirements.

Comments of the Geothermal Resource Council in response to administrative law judge ruling seeking comments on inputs and assumptions for development of the 2019-2020 reference system plan.

Summary of GRC Recommendations

  1. If, as the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) proposes, RESOLVE is used again in the 2019 IRP cycle, the GRC suggests the Commission require all other parties using different models and methods to create benchmark cases which can be compared to those using RESOLVE. Additionally, in the context of the announced retirement of the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant in 2024-2025, the GRC believes resource diversity is a critical and a portion of Diablo’s baseload capacity should be replaced with a diverse set of baseload renewables.
  2. The CPUC should include a range for geothermal installed costs. This could be done by creating a similar sensitivity option as for some other resources: $5,063/kW (High), $4,500/kW (Mid), $4,000/kW (Low).
  3. The CPUC should evaluate why RESOLVE’s results do not build new geothermal until 2030 even in low cost geothermal and high cost solar/battery scenarios. This result is not consistent with new geothermal contracts in California with commercial on-line dates beginning in 2017.

Philippines: Geothermal Energy Companies Join Forces

Ayala acquires Phinma Energy (BusinessWorld Online)

AC Energy, Inc. is taking control of Phinma Energy Corp. through a “mutually strategic agreement” that gives the Ayala-led company a 51.48% stake in the listed energy firm for P3.42 billion.

In a joint statement on Wednesday, the two groups said the Ayala’s energy platform will acquire the combined stake of Phinma Corp. and its parent Philippine Investment Management, (Phinma) Inc. in Phinma Energy subject to regulatory approvals.

Phinma Energy holds interests in the following entities: Phinma Power Generation Corp. (100%); Phinma Renewable Energy Corp. (100%); and Maibarara Geothermal, Inc. (25%).

In early 2017, AC Energy and its partners have sealed the purchase and acquisition of Chevron’s geothermal assets and operations in Indonesia. They were acquired through Star Energy Geothermal (Salak-Darajat) B.V., the joint venture firm of AC Energy (with 19.8 percent economic stake), Star Energy Group Holdings Pte. Ltd., Star Energy Geothermal Pte. Ltd. and Electricity Generating Public Co. Ltd.

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

USA, Colorado: Inaugural Hot Springs Conference a Geothermal Success!

First-ever US Hot Springs Conference a Sizzling Success for Geothermal Attractions Stakeholders & Industry Partners (News Release)

The inaugural Hot Springs Connection - a precedent-setting conference designed to build relationships, share ideas and promote thermal mineral water attractions in the U.S. - unleashed a torrent of interest and enthusiasm resulting in next steps to form a national geothermal trade association and develop a comprehensive website representing every hot springs entity from coast to coast.

Hot springs are a hot topic, it turns out. The first-ever Hot Springs Connection recently concluded its 3-day conference in Glenwood Springs, Colorado - a town that is home to three hot springs amenities of its own. The inaugural event welcomed 95 attendees from 14 states and three different continents - North America, Europe and Australia. In total, 36 hot springs facilities were represented, with 12 vendors, suppliers and consultants also attending.

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