Saturday, August 31, 2013


ThinkGeoEnergy Updates Global Geothermal Power Plant Map

ThinkGeoEnergy’s Global Geothermal Power Plant Map has been updated. Now you can find most if not all geothermal power plants in satellite images down to the cooling towers.


Project in Geretstried, Germany Looking at Sidetracking to Secure Sufficient Water (Think GeoEnergy)

Following news of disappointing low water rates from a geothermal well, the Geretsried geothermal project is now looking at drilling a sidetrack for the well hoping to find sufficient water.

The well drilled in Gelting/ Geretsried, is at a depth of 6,034 meters (19,800 feet), the deepest in Europe. The project plans to provide 5,000 households in the area with power. But instead of 100 to 120 liters/ second, first pump tests only delivered around 10 liters/ second. This is insufficient for an economic operation of a plant.

Now Enex Power, the developer, is planning to drill a sidetrack to target different zones hoping to struck water. The sidetrack is expected to be drilled at a depth of 3,000 meters down to 5,500 meters.


A Geothermal Energy Powered Car

(VIDEO 6:12 Minutes)

Shaun Murphy is a man with a mission. Learn how he and his crew of four people (and one dog) travel 16,000 miles throughout the United States without using a drop of gasoline. To accomplish this trek, they use environmentally friendly "cool fuels." Shaun and his crew start out their Cool Fuel road trip from San Francisco to the Oregon border powered by geothermal energy.

Thursday, August 29, 2013


Japan Ministry Requests 43.5 Billion Yen For Clean Energy (Bloomberg)

The Japanese Ministry of the Environment is requesting 43.5 billion yen ($443 million) in next fiscal year’s budget to create a low-carbon society using clean energy.

The amount includes 2 billion yen to subsidize part of the cost to put together business plans and buy equipment for geothermal power producers, according to the ministry’s budget request released today.

The ministry is also requesting 70 billion yen for a clean energy fund for the year starting April 1. The fund was set up in July with an initial budget of 1.4 billion yen.

The fund is intended for investment in clean energy projects to support regional companies and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.


ThermoMap Project Concludes

The ThermoMap project, area mapping of superficial geothermic resources by soil and groundwater data mapped the very shallow (up to 10m) Geothermal Potential, or ‘vSGP’ across Europe.

The project harmonized pre-existing data sets relating to geological, hydrogeological, soil, climate and relief geo-data with standardized methods. In addition, samples were taken from fourteen test areas across Europe.

The data was then used to build an open source web GIS where users can check the vSGP in a certain area.

(VIDEO 3:16 Minutes)

USA, Oregon:

Second Geothermal Well in the Works in Olene Area (Herald and News)

(Courtesy Herald and News)
Despite delays, Klamath Basin Geopower plans to move ahead with drilling a second geothermal well in the Olene Gap area, possibly this year.

Bill Honjas, Klamath Basin Geopower president and CEO, said the company had hoped drilling would begin by last June but is running behind schedule. Depending on when a drilling permit is approved by the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries, he said drilling could begin this fall or next spring.

Earlier this year the company finished the first well that reached a depth of about 6,000 feet and measured temperatures exceeding 280 degrees off Crystal Springs Road. Honjas said the well can produce up to 2,800 gallons per minute, or about 6.5 gross megawatts of geothermal power.

Additional wells are needed to eventually power a 21 MWe power production facility. Based on average estimates, each megawatt provides enough power for about 1,000 single-family homes. If power is produced, it can be distributed to markets in Oregon and California from power switching stations, according to Honjas.

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

USA, California:

A Workshop to Promote a Collaborative Initiative to Develop Higher Enthalpy Geothermal Systems in the USA

Workshop Website                ~ Register Now

Dates: October 13-16th, 2013

Location: University of California Conference Center, Lake Arrowhead, Southern California. (Google map)

Developing higher enthalpy geothermal resources by deep drilling has the potential to greatly increase the power output per well, resulting in improved economics. This workshop is aimed at discussing this approach and fostering mutually advantageous collaborations between Industry, Academia and Federal and State Agencies to promote development of higher enthalpy geothermal systems in the USA. Such collaborations are necessary because producing from high-temperature geothermal systems requires deep wells that are challenging and expensive to drill and complete.


St Gallen Geothermal Project to Continue (

The city of St Gallen is to continue provisionally with its geothermal project despite the earth tremor triggered by boring work on July 20 which was felt across a large area of eastern Switzerland, and its aftershocks.

Fredy Brunner, the member of the city council responsible for technical operations, announced the decision on Tuesday, having informed Swiss Energy Minister Doris Leuthard the previous day.

The decision was taken after consultations with various experts, he said. The borehole has been stabilized and pipes have again been inserted to a depth of 4,000 meters. Another 400 meters remains to be re-drilled and fitted with pipes.

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New Zealand:

Geothermal Supermodels Project Gets Research Award (

A project to improve knowledge of New Zealand’s complex geothermal systems allowing better use of their energy potential has been awarded new research investment, Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce announced today.

GNS Science will receive $4,400,000 over 4 years to fund it's Geothermal Supermodels project.

The award is part of $278 million in new research investment in the biological industries, high-value manufacturing and services, energy and minerals, environmental, and health and society sectors.

GNS Science will be exhibiting at booth #209 at the GEA Energy Expo, run in conjunction with the GRC Annual Meeting, Set.29-Oct.2 at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

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Saskatchewan Geothermal Power Project Ahead of Schedule (Estevan Mercury)

With first-stage funding now assured, an ambitious geothermal power production project in southeast Saskatchewan near Estevan is moving ahead.

Kirsten Marcia (nee Muir), a former Estevan resident who is president of Deep Earth Energy Production Corp. (DEEP) of Saskatoon, announced that SaskPower and Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) have combined to guarantee $2 million for a front end engineering design (FEED) study. The process, she said, will ensure the economical and technical viability of geothermal energy as a resource for clean electrical power. The two agencies will share the cost of this first stage on a 50/50 basis.

“It’s base load power from well-known geothermal resources,” said Marcia, who spoke with The Mercury on Aug. 26, explaining how the entire project could roll out over a short period of time to provide up to five MWe of power in the first phase and then expand.

Because drilling and down hole work processes are so well-known in southeast Saskatchewan, Marcia said there was very little that had to be explained to local enthusiasts. She said a geothermal project similar to this power-generating plan generally costs about $7 million.

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Geothermal Exploration Project in Lake Assal Region Launched (

The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Government of Djibouti on Monday, August 26, signed the funding agreements, totaling US $7.5 million, for a geothermal exploration project in the region of Lake Assal.

"The exploitation of geothermal potential in the Lake Assal region will enable the Djiboutian population to access reliable, renewable and affordable source of energy," said AfDB's Regional Integration Director Alex Rugamba, on behalf of Gilbert Mbesherubusa, Vice-President, Infrastructure, Private Sector and Regional Integration, during the signing ceremony.

The financing scheme includes a grant and a loan from AfDB's soft loan arm, the African Development Fund to the tune of US $5.3 million and US $0.4 million respectively. It also includes a grant of US $1.8 million from the Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA).

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10 Firms Vying for 588 MWe Unified Leyte Geothermal Facilities (

Prospective bidders, including some of the biggest players in the local energy sector, have swarmed the pre-bidding conference for the 588 MWe Unified Leyte geothermal facilities, said state-run Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. (PSALM) in a statement.

PSALM said 10 companies were interested in the independent power producer administrator (IPPA) contract for the “bulk energy,” which was about 348 MW.
These are DMCI Power Corp.,  Aboitiz Renewables Inc., FDC Utilities Inc. (FDCUI) of the Gotianuns, Global Business Power Corp. of the Metrobank group, Marubeni Corp.; Philippine Associated Smelting and Refining Corp. (Pasar), PowerOne Ventures Energy Inc., Trans-Asia Oil and Energy Development Corp., Unified Leyte Geothermal Energy Inc. (wholly owned by the Lopezes’ Energy Development Corp.) and Vivant Energy Corp.

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USA, California:

Local Water District Questions Casa Diablo IV Geothermal Expansion Project (Sierra Wave)

Casa Diablo Geothermal Plant
(Courtesy Sierra Wave)
The Mammoth Community Water District Board of Directors has authorized the filing of appeals to the decisions issued by the US Bureau of Land Management and the US Forest Service concerning the Final Joint Environmental Impact Statement /Environmental Impact Report (Final EIS/EIR) for the Casa Diablo IV Geothermal Development Project.

The Mammoth Community Water District (Water District) has serious concerns about the negative impacts the proposed Casa Diablo IV Geothermal Plant Expansion Project (CD IV) could have to local groundwater and surface water resources.  To protect the water resources used by the community, the District will be filing appeals to the BLM and USFS decisions to approve the proposed CD IV expansion project.

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Aboitiz Power Plans to Upgrade Tiwi-Makban Output to 460 MWe (Philippine Star)

AboitizPower, the power generation arm of the Aboitiz Group, is investing roughly $150 million to increase the reliability and availability of the Tiwi and Makban geothermal facilities in Albay and Laguna, respectively.

The Aboitiz Group, through its subsidiary AP Renewables Inc., acquired the Tiwi-Makban plants in 2008 for $446.888 million.

AboitizPower president and chief executive officer Erramon Aboitiz said there is a possibility of expanding the plant’s capacity.

“We really have to see how feasible it is. I guess this will have to come from different proposals and feasibility study,” Aboitiz said.

He said it is possible to bring the capacity to over 460 megawatts from the current 400 MW.

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GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Geothermal Energy Expo:

Early Bird Registration Deadline for GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Geothermal Energy Expo is This Week

Save $100 by registering before midnight on Friday

The deadline for earlybird rates for registration for the international geothermal event of the year is this Friday, August 30. 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 29 to October 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Early birds who register before August 30 pay only $695 as GRC members or $795 if non-members. The non-member registration includes GRC membership through 2014. Students with a current identification card from an accredited institution pay just $5 which includes GRC membership through 2014. Registration to the GRC Annual Meeting also includes entry to the GEA Energy Expo

Registration is available from the GRC website at A Preliminary Program complete with a Registration Form is available to view and download. However, the GRC recommends online registration through a secured connection.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

USA, Nevada:

Maevelle Energy Acquires Bowman Geothermal

Maevelle Energy of Las Vegas, Nevada, a renewable energy planning and engineering solutions company, has taken over Bowman Geothermal which conducts feasibility, planning and geological evaluations of geothermal prospects throughout the Western U.S. and overseas.

Bowman Geothermal  will be exhibiting at booth #401 in the GEA Energy Expo, run in conjunction with the GRC Annual Meeting, Sept.29-Oct.2 at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. 


Barrick's Geothermal JV to Go Ahead on 20 MW Argentine Plant in 2014 (BNAmericas)

The geothermal joint venture between Barrick Gold, Argentina's San Juan provincial power utility EPSE and Argentine firm Geotermia Andina plans to finalize feasibility studies on a 20 MWe project by this time next year, according to provincial press reports.

The project, planned for the Despoblados area of the Valle del Cura valley, is expected to sign a PPA with Barrick's Veladero gold mine some 12km away, which currently consumes 17 MWe and requires 30Ml/y of diesel trucking in to power the mine, reported Barrick Argentine corporate affairs manager Julio Claudeville.

Barrick is also eyeing five other points with similar geothermal characteristics in the area to potentially power its US$8.5bn Pascua Lama gold-silver project some 10km from Veladero on the Chile-Argentina border.

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USA, Oregon:

Permits Sought for Klamath Hills Geothermal Project (Herald and News)

New geothermal projects on public and private lands in the Klamath Basin are one step closer to becoming a reality. Entiv Organic Energy announced Monday it is applying for construction permits on the 9.7 MWe Klamath Hills project south of Klamath Falls.

The proposed geothermal plant would be on the land of the Barnes family, leased by Entiv Organic Energy. Entiv is a company formed to pursue such projects and spearheaded locally by Mike Noonan, a Klamath Basin farmer.


DOE Head Ernest Moniz Delivers First Major Policy Address (Greentech Media)

Dr. Ernest J. Moniz just delivered his first big policy address since being sworn in as the 13th U.S. Secretary of Energy in May. He spoke at Columbia University's Center on Global Energy Policy in New York City on Monday.

Secretary Moniz set the Obama administration's Climate Action Plan as the backbone of his speech and set the stage for his tenure at the DOE.

(VIDEO 1:14:05)

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GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Geothermal Energy Expo:

GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Geothermal Energy Expo - Update

Last Week For Early Bird Registration Prices! Expires This Friday, August 30, 2013

Register Online (preferred method)        Registration Form (PDF)

Room Block Almost Sold Out At The MGM Grand Book Your Rooms Now!

MGM Room Reservation - Discounted weekday room rates end September 5.

Advertising Rates Now Available for the GRC Annual Meeting Program Guide

Program Guide Advertising Rates (PDF)
Artwork Due Date: This Saturday, August 31.

The GRC Annual Photo Contest

Photo Contest Submission Form (PDF)
Submission Deadline this Saturday, August 31.

Become A Sponsor For The World's Largest Annual Geothermal Conference!

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Don't Forget To Register For The GRC Charity Golf Tournament!


Gov't Wants To Add 500 MWe of Geothermal Every Year (Indonesia Finance Today)

Susilo Siswoutomo, Deputy Energy and Mineral Resources Minister, said that total geothermal power capacity in Indonesia this year stood at around 1,360 MWe. He added that the target for 2020 stood at 6,600 MWe, hence every year there should be a growth of 300 to 500 MWe in geothermal power.

He said that Indonesia has geothermal power potential and reserves of over 28.6 GW, in 299 locations across Sumatra, Java, Bali, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Halmahera and West Papua. He asked all parties to assist the government in realizing the vast potentials.

There will be an update on geothermal energy in Indonesia as part of a session of International Updates at the GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Expo, Sept.29- Oct.2 at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.


Renewable Energy Tops 14% of US Electrical Generation During First Half of 2013 (Renewable Energy World)

According to the latest issue of the U.S. Energy Information Administration's (EIA) "Electric Power Monthly," with preliminary data through to June 30, 2013, renewable energy sources (i.e., biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, wind) provided 14.20 percent of the nation's net electric power generation during the first half of the year. For the same period in 2012, renewables accounted for 13.57 percent of net electrical generation.

Moreover, non-hydro renewables have more than tripled their output during the past decade. They now account for almost the same share of electrical generation (6.71 percent) as does conventional hydropower (7.49 percent). Ten years ago (i.e., calendar year 2003), non-hydro renewables provided only 2.05 percent of net U.S. electrical generation.

Comparing the first six months of 2013 to the same period in 2012, geothermal in the U.S. grew by 0.43 percent to 1,427 Thousand Megawatthours supplied.

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Japan to Support Geothermal in Djibouti (GlobalPost)

Japanese Prime Minister
Shinzo Abe (Wikipedia Commons)
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday that Japan will provide support to Djibouti to develop geothermal power generation and secure stable electricity supplies.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is on a six-day trip through Thursday to oil-producing nations in the Middle East and Djibouti.

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EDC Eyes Relocation of Negros Geothermal Plant by 3Q 2014 (InterAksyon)

Energy Development Corp (EDC) aims to complete the relocation of its shuttered Northern Negros Geothermal Plant (NNGP) to Nasulo, Negros Oriental by the third quarter of next year.

In a report to its stockholders, EDC said the NNGP should be ready for technical and commercial operation by the said period.

In an agreement signed last year, EDC tapped Sumitomo Corp. of Japan for the relocation. Initial civil works, including the construction of the powerhouse, was conducted by EDC affiliate First Balfour Inc. prior to Sumitomo's contract.

Originally located in Negros Occidental, the 49 MWe NNGP was shut down in 2011 after steam production in the project site regressed, resulting in  EDC absorbing more than P5 billion in impairment losses.

In light of this, the company opted to relocate NNGP's electro-mechanical equipment to the 192.5 MWe Palinpinon geothermal power complex in Negros Oriental.

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Monday, August 26, 2013


Is Fracking for Geothermal Energy Green or Dirty? (The Motley Fool)

Geothermal energy is clean and green, but it's also hard to find good sites for its development. Stealing a page from fracking's playbook could change all that, but does it sully geothermal's pristine reputation in the process? Watch this video to hear more about what could be a game-changing technology.

(VIDEO 2:46 Minutes)

Canada :

Canadian Oil Sands – Geothermal Could Lower Greenhouse Gas Emissions (Beacon News)

Oil Sand Areas in Canada
(Courtesy globe-net)
Could geothermal heat hold the key to reducing greenhouse emissions in the Canadian oil sands? Two University of Alberta researchers think so.

Martyn Unsworth and Inga Moeck are exploring the potential of using geothermal energy to generate power for the Canadian oil sands region.

Currently, natural gas is used to heat water for Canadian oil sands bitumen processing, which accounts for about six per cent of total Canadian consumption. Eliminating natural gas consumption could both lower costs for industry and reduce greenhouse emissions.

Because geothermal resources (warm rock and hot water) in northern Alberta are much deeper in the Earth than in naturally volcanic regions, Unsworth and Moeck are proposing an “enhanced geothermal system,” or EGS. This technique involves fracturing the rock and pumping water through to harness the heat—demonstrating that fracking can also be used for green purposes.

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Geelong Geothermal Project in Doubt After ARENA Rejection (RenewEconomy)

Greenearth Energy, based in Melbourne, Victoria, says the future of Geelong geothermal project is in doubt after it was denied funding by the Federal Government’s Australian Renewable Energy Agency.

Greenearth said its flagship commercial development opportunity, the 12 MWe Geelong Geothermal Power Project, has been unsuccessful in its expression of interest for funding under the Federal Government’s Emerging Renewables Program (ERP), which is administered by ARENA.

The Geelong Geothermal Power Plant is located near Geelong, approximately 11km North West of Anglesea, on the Holcim Ltd Moriac quarry site. The project has three planned stages; drilling to prove the local geothermal resource, constructing a 12 MWe demonstration plant, and if the demonstration project amounts, the development of a commercial plant.

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Friday, August 23, 2013


NREL Study Suggests Cost Gap for Western Renewables Could Narrow by 2025 (NREL)

Geothermal power will likely remain more costly on an all-in, per-MWh basis than equivalent combined cycle natural gas turbine (CCGT) or other renewable power options in the West out to 2025, barring a significant breakthrough in current technology cost or performance.

A Department of Energy (DOE) study conducted by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) indicates that by 2025 wind and solar power electricity generation could become cost-competitive without federal subsidies, if new renewable energy development occurs in the most productive locations.

The report, "Beyond Renewable Portfolio Standards: An Assessment of Regional Supply and Demand Conditions Affecting the Future of Renewable Energy in the West (PDF)," compares the cost of renewable power generation (without federal subsidy) from the West's most productive renewable energy resource areas — including any needed transmission and integration costs — with the cost of energy from a new natural gas-fired generator built near the customers it serves.

Among the report's findings is new geothermal development could trend toward Idaho by 2025 since much of Nevada's resources have already been developed. Geothermal power from Idaho could be competitive in California as well as in the Pacific Northwest, but the quantity is relatively small. Reaching California, Oregon, and Washington may depend on access to unused capacity on existing transmission lines, or on being part of a multi-resource portfolio carried across new lines.

The study suggests that geothermal power will likely remain more costly on an all-in, per-MWh basis than equivalent CCGT or other renewable power options in the West out to 2025, barring a significant breakthrough in current technology cost or performance. For wind and solar built in ideal locations, the gap could become small.

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USA, California:

Bidding Starts on West Chocolate Mountains Renewable Energy Evaluation Area (Imperial Valley Press)

Chocolate Mountains (Wikipedia Commons)
More than 64,000 acres of the West Chocolate Mountains is up for bid by developers wanting to use the land for solar or geothermal projects.

The West Chocolate Mountains Renewable Energy Evaluation Area (REEA) was recently created by the federal government to provide renewable energy to the surrounding areas. A potential 3,306 MWe of solar energy and up to 150 MWe of geothermal energy can come from this land. This translates into 3.5 million homes that will be able to use this energy.

A timeline for geothermal projects is not available because a site-specific National Environmental Policy Act will be required before any future project can be approved. The act, which was put in place to protect the environment and wildlife, stipulates federal government agencies prepare environmental assessments and environmental impact statements of the area.

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USA, California:

Sonoma Clean Power to Double Size of First Launch (

Sonoma Clean Power (SCP), the new, locally controlled electricity provider in Sonoma County in Northern California, will be doubling the size of its service launch from 10,000 to 20,000 customers in the initial phase, with an emphasis on commercial customers who are slated to start receiving service on May 1, 2014.

“SCP is currently negotiating with power suppliers to ensure the best mix of cleaner power sources at the most competitive rates,” Sonoma Clean Power CEO Geof Syphers said. “With 79 percent of the County participating, that really increases our negotiating power. Contracts are expected to be signed by November 2013.”

SCP will offer residential and commercial customers in participating areas the option of using more environmentally friendly power, generated by renewable sources – such as solar, wind and geothermal (the service area is next to The Geysers Geothermal Field) – at competitive rates. SCP will serve customers in the cities of Sonoma, Santa Rosa, Cotati, Windsor, and Sebastopol, and in the unincorporated area of the County.

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What Do You Think of When You Think of Geothermal Power? (RenewableEnergyWorld)

Why don’t people think of geothermal? Media, bloggers, even renewable energy advocates routinely omit the technology from discussions and news. The technology is proven, projects are in the pipeline worldwide – so why does geothermal energy struggle to keep up with solar and wind in the public popularity stakes? Surely it can’t be for the minimal, even negligible seismic susurrations that accompany it.

A geothermal company executive I spoke to a while back mentioned that, amongst the operational and technological concerns I had called him to discuss, he also perceived the lack of a robust approach to lobbying for geothermal energy in the United States compared to wind and solar. As I’ve mentioned before I believe that education and public perception is the alpha and the omega when it comes to where you get your electricity generation from, and we half-jokingly talked about how it might have to do with the name. Wind and solar: they are very easy to understand. Instantly you picture a wind turbine and a solar panel, sunlight coruscating from the latter in that now classic, easily marketed image. They are the runway models of renewable energy.

But what do you think of when geothermal energy is mentioned?

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Thursday, August 22, 2013


Geothermal Power: Why SaskPower is Interested (SaskPower)

Together with Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), SaskPower is committed to a $2 million Front End Engineering Design (FEED) Study on the viability of geothermal as a resource for clean electricity generation in southeastern Saskatchewan (each party has committed approximately $1 M to the study).

The FEED study, carried out by DEEP Earth Energy Production Inc., is an early step in the process that will look at the economic and technical aspects of geothermal power generation, and will wrap up in December 2013.

Funding the study is part of our ongoing evaluation of all potential clean energy options to meet the province’s growing need for electricity Find out more about our challenge and what we are doing to power the province here.

Geothermal power generation is a new concept in Canada. It’s too early to say what the results of DEEP’s research will be, but geothermal has been used successfully for electricity generation in other parts of the world.


Pertamina Geothermal Further Develops Kamojang Unit 5 Geothermal Power Plant (Indonesia Finance Today)

PT Pertamina Geothermal Energy, a subsidiary of PT Pertamina (Persero) has begun the process of engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of Kamojang Unit 5 geothermal power plant (PLTP). The power plant has a capacity of 30 MWe and is located in Garut, West Java.

Adriansyah, President Director of PT Pertamina Geothermal Energy, said the EPC process takes about a year, so the power plant is scheduled to start operation in 2014.

Central America:

European Investment Bank to Back Central America Renewable Energy (Business News Americas)

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has agreed to provide US$230mn to support investment in
hydropower, wind, geothermal and photovoltaic renewable energy projects in Central America.

The program, being carried out in partnership with the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (Cabei), will unlock more than US$500mn in investment for public and private clean energy projects in Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, Costa Rica and Panama.

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USA, California:

Record of Decision Signed for Casa Diablo IV Geothermal Energy Project (Sierra Wave)

The Bureau of Land Management’s Bishop Field Office and the U.S. Forest Service, Inyo National Forest, today signed the Records of Decision (PDF) approving a new 40 MWe geothermal project near Mammoth Lakes in Mono County, California.This follows the announcement on August 12 by U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewel that the project had been approved.

Under the terms of the Records of Decision for the Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report, the Casa Diablo IV Geothermal Development Project, run by ORNI 50 LLC (wholly owned subsidiary of Ormat Nevada Inc.), will be built on lands administered by the Inyo National Forest and on private lands within four existing federal geothermal leases. The project will include construction of a new geothermal power plant, up to 16 new production and injection wells, multiple pipelines and an electric transmission line.

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USA, Nevada:

Interview With Yehudit Bronicki, CEO of Ormat Technologies, Inc. (The Wall Street Transcript)

Yehudit Bronicki, CEO of Ormat Technologies,
Inc. (Courtesy Haaretz Daily Newspaper Ltd)
The Wall Street Transcript (TWST) has just published its Alternative Energy Report offering a timely review of the sector to serious investors and industry executives. This special feature contains expert industry commentary through in-depth interviews with public company CEOs and Equity Analysts.

In the following excerpt from the Alternative Energy Report, the CEO of Ormat Technologies, Inc. discusses company strategy and the outlook for this vital industry:

TWST: You reported your second-quarter results yesterday. Can you share some highlights from the quarter with us?

Mrs. Bronicki: The quarter was one of the strongest quarters we had, maybe the strongest - certainly record revenues and very high EBITDA and net income. I mean, really in all parameters is really strong quartile believing by both segments, the electricity segment and the product segment.

The electricity segment is undergoing a challenge period with low natural gas prices that impact certain of our contracts in California, but because of the performance of this segment in other areas, we have been able to show growth despite the weakness caused by the natural gas prices. This is a temporary weakness, because those contracts are going to reach their term, one in 2015 and the other one in 2017. There is another one that goes a little longer, and once they expire we will be able to replace them by what is today considered to be market prices of renewable energy, and that's much higher than what we are getting for these contracts today. So that's on the electricity segment.

On the product segment, which was also very strong because of the strong backlog, we generated gross income that is very high. So high revenues, high gross income, and we expect the balance of the year and even looking into next year to continue to be strong also in the product segment. Our current backlog, and when we say current backlog, we mean disregarding revenues that were generated from June 30 to-date, is $170 million, which is a very nice backlog even though not the highest we had, but a very strong and good backlog.

GRC Company member Ormat Technologies will be at booth #301 at the GEA Expo run in conjunction with the GRC Annual Meeting, Sept. 29-Oct. 2 at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada.

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U.S. Politicians Urge Tax Reform to Aid Renewable Energy (

Raul Ruiz, U.S. Representative
of California's 36th District
Some 60 U.S. Democrat and Republican lawmakers are calling on the government to promote renewable energy as it tackles tax reform legislation.

The bipartisan group sent a letter to the House Committee on Ways and Means urging it to continue support for renewable energy. The letter is endorsed by the American Wind Energy Association, the U.S. Solar Energy Industries Association and the U.S. Geothermal Energy Association.

“Renewable energy is a critical area of economic growth for California’s 36th district and the rest of the country,” said Representative Raul Ruiz. “We have to work together to advocate for renewable energy jobs, domestic manufacturing and American energy independence.”

The letter said that the United States saw a 34% decrease in renewable energy investment last year due to policy uncertainty. The group asked the committee to maintain policies in the tax code that promote investment in and deployment of renewable energy technologies, such as the production tax credit and the investment tax credit.

New Zealand:

Geothermal Continues to Power New Zealand

The New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has today released the annual Energy in New Zealand report.

The report details the supply, transformation and use of all types of energy in New Zealand and contains facts and figures on energy prices, international comparisons and information on oil and gas reserves.

Last year geothermal energy in New Zealand produced 5843.51 GWh net electricity generation, a 10% jump between 2001 and 2012. Geothermal contributes 51% of the countries renewable energy.

The proportion of New Zealand’s primary energy supply that came from renewable resources was 37% in 2012. It is the third highest in the OECD after
Norway which is second and Iceland, which is first, according to the latest data available from the International Energy Agency. This is due to the high levels of hydro and geothermal energy used for electricity generation.

The contribution of renewable sources to primary energy supply decreased in 2012 to 37%, from 39% in 2011.  This contribution fell because of low hydro supply in 2012, while other sources of energy supply increased over the year. However, geothermal stepped up with a year-on-year increase of 1.3%.

Energy in New Zealand 2013 [2.7 MB PDF]

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Energy Expo

President and CEO of California ISO to Speak at GRC Annual Meeting

Stephen Berberich, President and Chief Executive Officer, California ISO will be a keynote speaker at the Opening Session of the Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) Annual Meeting on September 30.

Steve Berberich is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the California Independent System Operator Corporation. As CEO, Mr. Berberich leads one of the largest transmission organizations in the world and collaborates closely with state and federal policy makers to ensure a reliable grid during the current transformation to a cleaner, more resilient power system.

The GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Energy Expo will be taking place Sept.29-Oct.2 at the MGM Grand Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.


Turboden Signs Contract for Construction of Traunreut Plant (Think GeoEnergy)

Turboden has signed on for a fourth geothermal power plant order for the Traunreut geothermal project in Bavaria, Germany. The company has already delivered three ORC plants expected to start operating this year.

With the work on the second well successfully finalized in April 2013, the project saw the start of construction of the heating plant in June. It is expected that the plant will be producing power as early as in mid-2015.

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USA, California:

Imperial Irrigation District Calls for Massive Geothermal Energy Development to Help Restore Salton Sea (Imperial Valley Press)

Assumes a project build-out of up to 1,400 MW over 10 years

Imperial Irrigation District (IID) officials repeated their call Tuesday for a public-private initiative that could not only restore the Salton Sea but transform the area into a renewable-energy exporter.

“The renewable energy potential around and currently beneath the Salton Sea, including an estimated 2,000 MW of untapped geothermal energy, can provide the state and its ratepayers with a diverse resource stream of baseload and intermittent energy that will promote grid reliability and serve as the funding and implementation springboard for restoration,” said IID General Manager Kevin Kelley, reading from a statement.

The Salton Sea renewable energy initiative calls on Imperial County to designate the area as a renewable energy zone. Moreover, it calls on a policy that directs the state grid to construct an energy transmission line from Devers in Riverside County to the Imperial Valley Substation. It also calls on the state to allow for Purchase Power Agreements from the Salton Sea resource area.

“Assuming a project build-out of up to 1,400 MW over 10 years and a planning horizon of 30 years, the cost of this public-private approach is valued at $3 billion, which is largely derived from new generation, or roughly a third of the state’s own preferred restoration alternative,” he said.

The geothermal facilities around the Salton Sea will be a feature of a GRC Field Trip after the GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Expo in Las Vegas, Sept. 29-Oct. 3.

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California is Tops for Geothermal and for All Renewable Energy (Greentech Media)

(Courtesy Ernst & Young)
California remains the most attractive state for geothermal energy according to a new index released by Ernst & Young (PDF). The Golden State also remains top for all renewables.

The biannual renewable energy market attractiveness indices look at overall energy markets and individual technologies, providing scores out of 100. U.S. investment in clean energy was $44.2 billion in 2012, down from $65.4 billion in 2011.

Despite its intermittence, wind still led the way in 2012, adding 13,124 MW of capacity and representing 41 percent of total renewable generation additions for the year.

Solar PV installations in the U.S. represented 11 percent of the global total, its highest share in recent years. Geothermal added just 77 MW of capacity last year.


Biliran Geothermal Starts Drilling (Manila Standard Today)

Biliran Geothermal Inc. has tapped Icelandic Drilling Co. to conduct exploratory drilling at the site of its planned 50 MWe geothermal project in Biliran province on Leyte island.

Renewable Energy Management Bureau director Mario Marasigan said a recent visit to the site showed Biliran Geothermal started preparatory works for the drilling.

“We inspected ongoing preparation for drilling. So far everything is okay, unless they were affected by Habagat,” Marasigan said.

Biliran Geothermal is supposed to drill first geothermal exploratory well in the third quarter.

“The drilling will confirm the capacity and later they will build the power plant,” Marasigan said earlier.

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Indonesia to Get $667k in Geothermal Tools (The Jakarta Globe)

The Japan International Cooperation Agency has given a grant of 65 million yen ($667,000) worth of equipment to Indonesia’s Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry to continue developing the country’s vast geothermal potential, an official said on Tuesday.

R. Sukhyar, the ministry’s chief geologist, said at a press conference in Bandung that the move would essentially see Indonesia inherit the equipment used since 2010 as part of a collaboration between the two sides to explore, analyze and evaluate the development of geothermal power in Indonesia.

He added that through the collaboration with JICA, the Energy Ministry had identified 299 sites where geothermal energy could feasibly be exploited, with a total potential capacity of 29 GWs — the largest geothermal potential in the world. However, the country currently only produces a fraction of that amount, or 1.34 GW.

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USA, Oregon:

Newberry Volcano Symposium

Hosted by the Pacific NW Chapter, GRC and the US Forest Service

August 22-23, 2013

Deschutes National Forest Headquarters Office, Bend, OR (Map)

Much geological and geophysical data has been generated on Newberry Volcano in the last few years, much of it related to geothermal exploration.  This spurred discussions of how to provide and share data with scientists working on or having a strong interest in the volcano.  As a result, the USDA Forest Service and the Northwest Section of the Geothermal Resources Council are jointly hosting an open forum for those with data and interpretations to share with other scientists.

The main purpose of this meeting is to share information - rather than present ready-for-publication material. It is hoped that the meeting will be one of interaction rather than one of lectures. Agenda (PDF)

There is no charge to attend and the event is open to all interested parties.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

USA, Utah: Penrose Conference

Predicting and Detecting Natural and Induced Flow Paths for Geothermal Fluids in Deep Sedimentary Basins - The Geological Society of America & National Science Foundation

19–23 October 2013 • Park City, Utah, USA

Deep, high heat-flow sedimentary basins potentially have geologic formations with sufficient natural permeability to provide reservoirs suitable for geothermal power generation.

New technologies of permeability enhancement that have transformed the oil and gas exploration industry in recent years also have the potential to transform the geothermal power industry.

The goal of this proposed Penrose Conference is to gather together experts in both the Earth and engineering sciences, and from academia, government, and industry, to focus on particular basic science challenges for developing deep, hot stratigraphic reservoirs for geothermal power. Namely, what controls long fluid pathways in sedimentary basins and how can these be predicted and/or enhanced?

Although the conference is almost fully subscribed, some additional requests to attend can be made by August 30 by applying to, including a brief statement of interests, the relevance your recent work to the theme of the conference, and contact information. (Also include whether you would be attending the Geothermal Short Course and/or the Full-Day
Field Trip). Upon selection, you will be sent final registration information.

Agenda (PDF)


Hotel Room Discount Deadline for Major Geothermal Event Extended

Register by September 5 to save over $60 on room rates for the GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Expo. 

The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) has good news concerning discounted room rates for attendees at the world’s largest annual geothermal conference at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, Sept. 29-Oct.2. The deadline for the hotel room discount has been extended.

The weekday room rate for the GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Geothermal Energy Expo at the MGM Grand Resort at present is $89. From September 6 the rates will increase by over $60. Rooms in the three towers of the Signature at MGM Grand are sold out.  Hotel room reservations can be made by following a link from the GRC website at

The GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Geothermal Energy Expo 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.

Early birds who register before August 31 pay only $695 as GRC members or $795 if non-members. The non-member registration includes GRC membership through 2014. Students with a current identification card from an accredited institution pay just $5 which includes GRC membership through 2014.

Registration to the GRC Annual Meeting also includes entry to the GEA Energy Expo. 

Registration is available from the GRC website at A Preliminary Program complete with a Registration Form is available to view and download. However, the GRC recommends online registration through a secured connection. The link is also available on the front page of the GRC website at

For more information about the GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Geothermal Energy Expo at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA,  visit or call (530) 758-2360.

For information on how to sponsor this event, contact Estela Smith, GRC at (530) 758-2360 or


Ram Power, Corp. Announces Update for San Jacinto-Tizate (Stockhouse - Press Release)

Ram Power, Corp. has announced an update on the remediation drilling program at the company's San Jacinto-Tizate Project.

The company, in consultation with Sinclair Knight Merz, conducted an evaluation of well SJ 6-2. The evaluation determined that the upper production zones of the well may have been affected by mineral deposition which has resulted in lower permeability and a decline in production since December 2011. As a result of these findings, a remediation plan was developed which calls for additional perforation of the upper production zone liner to increase the permeability of this section of the well.

In preparation for the remediation work, well SJ 6-2 will be removed from production on August 20, 2013, which will result in a temporary loss of power production of approximately 8 MW (net), bringing current production of the Project to approximately 38 MW (net). The remediation activities are expected to take approximately 8-10 days, and following a heat up period, it is anticipated the well will be tested and placed back in service in early September 2013.

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USA, California:

Chocolate Mountains Could Generate 150 MWe (Desert Sun)

The West Chocolate Mountains Renewable Energy Evaluation Area, recently announced by new Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, covers a 64,058-acre patchwork of public and private land between the sea and the Chocolate Mountain Aerial Gunnery Range, a military training area.

Federal officials estimate new geothermal plants in the new zone could generate about 150 MWe, enough to power 112,500-150,000 homes, according to the California Energy Commission.

The BLM has approved three geothermal leases on public land in the zone to date but no projects have been proposed on those parcels.

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Kalahari Geo Energy Begins Drilling (

Kalahari Geo Energy Limited has commenced preliminary shallow drilling for geothermal energy development at its identified sites in the Kafue basin in Zambia.

The firm drilled 54 meters of its first core-slim-well in three days, chief executive officer, Peter Vivian-Neal said in an interview on Friday during a site visit.

"Our target is to drill 330 meters," he said. "The objective of the first well drill is essentially to get temperature gradient and geophysical surveys. This is key information in the development of geothermal."

"If the results from the deep drilling are satisfactory, we may start the plant design in the first quarter of next year and possibly commence power generation in 2015," said company director Moses Banda.

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China, Kenya:

China and Kenya Sign MOU for Geothermal Development and Power Generation (4-traders - Press Release)

On August 19 in Beijing, China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) Chairman Zhou Jiping and the Kenyan Minister of Energy and Petroleum signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on promoting geothermal development and power generation in Kenya.

In 2006, CNPC Greatwall Drilling Company (GWDC) won the bidding for a high-temperature geothermal well drilling project for power generation, which is China's first such project overseas. Over the past few years, GWDC has achieved a 100% success rate of geothermal well drilling in Kenya. In particular, one of the wells with a depth of 3000m records the highest yield in Africa.

Under the newly signed MOU, CNPC will step up the development of local clean energy projects by fully utilizing its technological strength to help Kenya ease power shortage and promote the country's economic and social development.

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Canada, Australia:

Canadian Company Helps Geodynamics Successfully Complete Habanero-4 Geothermal Well (Canada NewsWire - Press Release)

Packers Plus Energy Services Inc., based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, has given some details of its work with Geodynamics Limited to successfully complete a vertical geothermal well as part of Geodynamics Innamincka Deeps Project in the Cooper Basin of South Australia.

Geodynamics announced on July 22, 2013 that the company had commissioned the 1 MWe Habanero Pilot Plant and successfully concluded planned step rate testing and an extended turbine test run.

Packers Plus worked closely with Geodynamics to design specialized Inferno™ completions equipment capable of withstanding 300°C (600°F) and 69 MPa (10,000 psi) pressure. This equipment was instrumental to the EGS process, which involves stimulating existing fractures in low-permeability, high-temperature rock to allow water to flow through and be superheated. Geoff Ward, CEO of Geodynamics stated, "the willingness of Packers Plus to design and test their equipment to the limit has made them a strategic partner for Geodynamics."

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