Wednesday, June 28, 2017

USA: House Energy Spending Bill Readjusts EERE Budget Cut

House energy bill spends $3.6B more than Trump budget (The Hill)

House appropriators on Tuesday introduced a spending bill for federal energy and water departments that spends $3.65 billion more in 2018 than President Trump requested for the agencies.

The bill, which funds the Department of Energy (DOE), nuclear weapons oversight, the Army Corps of Engineers and other departments, would spend $37.56 billion total in 2018, a $209 million cut from current funding levels.

But the measure is a rejection of Trump’s budget proposal, which looked to deeply slash spending for the initiatives funded by the legislation.

Renewable energy research, for instance, is cut by $986 million over current levels to $1,104 million, but that is $468 million less than the cuts for which Trump had aimed.

USA, California: Interview With Controlled Thermal Resources CEO

Rod Colwell Interview With Gil Rebollar (Small Town News)

Gil Rebollar delves into the Salton Sea Hells Kitchen Geothermal project with Controlled Thermal Resources CEO Rod Colwell - a GRC Member.

USA, Oregon: Chance to Visit Neal Hot Springs Geothermal Plant

Field Trip: U.S. Geothermal Plant at Neal Hot Springs (Boise Weekly)

Saturday, July 22, 7 a.m.-6 p.m.

Neal Hot Springs Geothermal Power Plant (Courtesy U.S. Geothermal)
Join GRC Board Member Roy Mink for a field trip to the U.S. Geothermal Neal Hot Springs geothermal plant, located west of Vale, Oregon.

Because it’s an active industrial site, sturdy hiking boots and full-length pants are required (no T-shirts). The noise level will be high, so earplugs are provided.

Take lunch and water. Meet at the WinCo parking lot on Meridian Road at I-84 at 7:30 a.m. for a prompt departure at 8 a.m. Return to Boise by 6 p.m. Visit for critical details about the trip. Sponsored by the Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology. Call Steve at 208-853-1678 to preregister.

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Mexico: Renewable Energy Conference in September

11-13 September 2017, Expo Santa Fe México, Mexico City

The Government of Mexico has teamed up with REN21 – the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century – to organize the next International Renewable Energy Conference (IREC) in Mexico from 11-13 September 2017, within the framework of the Strategic Dialogues on the Future of Energy (DEMEX). 

Relevant information can be accessed through the links below: 
  • Conference Programme EN 
  • About MEXIREC: Conference and Sponsorship Brochure EN | ES 
  • DEMEX: Dialogue for the Future of Energy EN | ES

Monday, June 26, 2017

Ethiopia: British Company Advances 50 MW Fantale Geothermal Project

Cluff Geothermal gets the go ahead for Power Purchase Agreement kick-off meeting with Ethiopian Electric Power for its Fantale Licence in Ethiopia (News Release)

Following a positive meeting between Cluff Geothermal and the state power company, Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP), in Addis Ababa in June 2017, arranged by the British Embassy, Cluff has been given the go ahead to set up a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) kick off meeting.

The kick off meeting with EEP will begin the PPA negotiations for the Fantale geothermal licence, awarded to Cluff in July 2015.  Once those negotiations are completed Cluff will be ready to begin exploration drilling at Fantale.  
Following their very successful surface campaign, and extensive consultation as to a Conceptual Development Plan, Cluff plans to begin the Fantale site development with a 50 MWe development phase followed by a 100 MWe development phase.  The total estimated investment for these first two phases could be in the region of USD 750 million.

Hotspur Geothermal Limited operates under the name Cluff Geothermal Limited in Ethiopia. Cluff Geothermal holds the Fantale Geothermal Exploration Licence.

USA: Former Secretary of Energy Creates Advanced Energy Group

Former DOE Secretary Moniz launches energy analysis nonprofit (Utility Dive)

Former Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz has launched Energy Futures Initiative, a nonprofit group focused on advanced energy and conducting "objective, fact-based and rigorous technical, economic, financial and policy analyses."

Moniz was named head of the Department of Energy in 2013 under President Obama. The former Secretary last week predicted a budget for the agency proposed by President Trump would be a "nonstarter."

Moniz told Axios that his firm's revenue is expected to come from foundations and companies "who will like to see certain studies done." The group's first project will be a review of the United States' energy grid.

USA: Report on The Baseload Versus Flexible Electricity Generation Debate

Advancing Past “Baseload” to a Flexible Grid (The Brattle Group)

How Grid Planners and Power Markets Are Better Defining System Needs to Achieve a Cost-Effective and Reliable Supply Mix

The nation’s electricity grid operators are increasingly turning to more flexible resources and low-cost renewable energy options like wind and solar, rendering outdated the notion that “baseload” generating plants are required to reliably power America’s homes and businesses, according to a new report by the global economics consulting firm The Brattle Group, commissioned by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

The Brattle analysis, Advancing Past “Baseload” to a Flexible Grid: How Grid Planners and Power Markets Are Better Defining System Needs to Achieve a Cost-Effective and Reliable Supply Mix, was published in advance of an upcoming release of a Department of Energy grid study report.  In April, Secretary Rick Perry ordered a 60-day assessment of whether wind and solar energy are undermining power markets and grid reliability by supplanting “baseload” coal and nuclear generating plants, declaring that “baseload power is necessary to a well-functioning electric grid.” The Brattle analysis demonstrates that is not the case.

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Science & Technology: Magma Deep Drilling Project Not Geothermal Energy - Scientist

Volcano Power Could Be ‘Most Exciting Thing Since the Moon Landing,’ Says Researcher (Greentech Media)

Just don’t call it geothermal energy.

"Raw Power" by Joseph F. Batir. Picture of the IDDP-1 shortly after being drilled. Krafla, Iceland. Taken June 6 2010. GRC Photo Contest 2014.
Recent reports about tapping Icelandic volcanoes for power exports to the U.K. may have missed the point, say experts connected to the project.

Stories in mainstream media outlets such as The Guardian refer to a "geothermal project" -- but the work being carried out in Iceland is much, much different than traditional geothermal.

“What we’re trying to do is not geothermal energy,” said Professor Yan Lavallee, chair of volcanology and magmatic processes at the University of Liverpool’s Department of Earth, Ocean and Ecological Sciences. “It’s the most exciting thing since the moon [landing].”

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USA: Geothermal Energy Enjoys Healthy Growth in Generation

EIA: Renewables Share Overtakes Nuclear Years Earlier Than Expected (North American Windpower)

Generation of electricity from geothermal energy increases 5.3% in a year

The latest issue of the U.S. Energy Information’s (EIA) Electric Power Monthly has revealed that renewable energy sources, including wind power, are now providing a greater share of the nation’s electrical generation than nuclear power.

For the first third of this year, renewables and nuclear power have been running neck-in-neck with renewables, providing 20.20% of U.S. net electrical generation during the four-month period (from January to April) compared with 20.75% for nuclear power.

Yet, in March and April, renewables surpassed nuclear power and have taken a growing lead: 21.60% (renewables) versus 20.34% (nuclear) in March and 22.98% (renewables) versus 19.19% (nuclear) in April.

Almost all renewable energy sources are experiencing strong growth rates. Comparing the first four months of 2017 with the same period in 2016, solar has grown by 37.9%, wind by 14.2%, hydropower by 9.5%, and geothermal by 5.3%. Biomass has remained essentially unchanged – slipping by just 0.3%.

Geothermal energy in the USA generated 5,945 megawatt hours in April, up 5.3% over the year.  California generated 4,202 MWh an increase of 6%, Nevada 1,355 MWh - increase of 2.9%, Utah 181 MWh - increase of 3.9%, Oregon 85 MWh - up 15.6%, Hawaii 85 MWh - up 11.5%. Idaho - 32 MWh (up 0.5%) and New Mexico - 5 MWh (up 5.6%) round off the list.

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Geothermal Energy News from Around the World

Global Geothermal News - Weekly Update

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

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

GRC Annual Meeting & GEA GeoExpo+ - Event App Now Available!

Geothermal Energy Event - We've Got an App for That!

The GRC are again providing a Mobile app for the GRC Annual Meeting & GEA GeoExpo+. It is now available to download to an iPhone, Android or Windows Smartphone, tablet or laptop computer giving event attendees better access to information and networking.

The mobile app also allows the GRC to post more information online and avoid print costs.

We strongly encourage you to download the mobile guide to enhance your experience at the GRC Annual Meeting & GEA GeoExpo+. You'll be able to plan your day with a personalized schedule and browse exhibitors, maps and general show info. You can browse all the essential information even without internet access.

After a simple download and installation the app can be personalized with your own schedule and notes on activities. When you sign-in to the app you will be able to interact with other attendees and build an on-site network. Attendees will also be able to post their own photos and comments to the app for all to see on the "activity stream".

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The App is a work in progress, updates are loaded as information becomes available and your feedback is encouraged as you get familiar with it. All questions and feedback can be sent to Ian Crawford at

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GRC Annual Meeting & GEA GeoExpo+ - Golf Tournament at Geothermal Event

Register for Annual Charity Golf Tournament at Geothermal Resources Council Annual Meeting

The Mountain Dell Golf Course (Courtesy Mountain Dell)
Only 72 Spots Available! Sign up early!

Arrive early for the GRC Annual Meeting and enjoy one of the great social networking events on the geothermal calendar. Considered by many to be the most beautiful public golf course in Salt Lake City, Mountain Dell is nestled in Parley's Canyon, 16 miles east of downtown Salt Lake City. A shuttle will be provided for transportation to the golf course (Only 56 seats available).

The tournament is a four-man scramble. Awards will be given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams, men’s and women’s closest to hole, longest drive and hole-in-one.

$160 per individual or $560 per foursome

Tournament Fee Includes: Green Fee, Range Balls, Tournament Service, Continental Breakfast and Awards Lunch.

This year the proceeds from the tournament will go to the GRC Scholarship Fund.

More details of the tournament can be found on the GRC website. Download the GRC Annual Charity Golf Tournament Brochure and fill out a registration form which can be mailed or faxed to the GRC office. Online registration is also available.

Netherlands: Geothermal Energy Could Power the Largest Port in Europe

Rotterdam Port Authority To Explore Geothermal Options In Port Area (Port of Rotterdam)

In view of the strong energy demand in Rotterdam’s industrial sector, the Port of Rotterdam Authority is currently examining which options there are to extract geothermal energy from deep within our planet’s crust. 

After all, after descending some 5 km into the Earth, the temperature has already risen to around 170°C. If this heat is transferred to the surface in the form of hot water, it may form a good source of sustainable energy for industrial purposes – particularly the production of steam. 

Furthermore, after being used by industry (and having cooled off a bit further), the hot water can also be used to heat homes and greenhouses via a regional heat network.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

GRC Annual Meeting & GEA GeoExpo+ - Geothermal Event

100 Days to the Geothermal Energy Event of the Year!

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United Kingdom: Company Involved in United Downs Deep Geothermal Power Project

GeoScience returns to its geothermal roots with new power project! (News Release)

GeoScience Limited was founded in 1985 as a spin-off from the Hot Dry Rock geothermal research project run by Camborne School of Mines. That project, based at Rosemanowes Quarry near Penryn, developed techniques for the creation of artificial geothermal reservoirs that have been applied around the world.

Now, twenty five years after work stopped at Rosemanowes, the company is once again at the forefront of geothermal research in the UK. In partnership with Geothermal Engineering Limited we are starting work on the United Downs Deep Geothermal Power project, just a few km from our offices in Cornwall.

Two wells will be drilled into a target geological structure within the granite beneath United Downs; one to a depth of 2.5km and the other to a depth of 4.5km. Water will be circulated through the fracture system from the shallow injection well to the deep production well, mining heat from the rocks. It will be pumped to surface at a temperature of about 175°C where it will supply the demonstration power plant to produce 1 MW of clean renewable electricity.

During the second half of 2017 the site will be prepared for drilling, project infrastructure will be put in place and a microseismic monitoring network will be installed. We hope to start drilling the injection well in early 2018.

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Indonesia: Groundbreaking for 20 MW Geehu Geothermal Power Plant

PLN "Groundbreaking" PLTP Tulehu in Ambon (

PT PLN (Persero) broke ground Tuesday on the 2x10 MW Geehu Geothermal Power Plant (PLTP). The project is located in Suli and Tulehu Village, Central Maluku District, Maluku Province.

This is the first geothermal power plant built by PLN and is targeted to operate commercially in 2019. The Tulehu Geothermal Work Area has a potential of 60 MW.

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United Kingdom: EGS Survey of Great Britain Reveals Huge Potential Geothermal Resource

Assessment of the resource base for engineered geothermal systems in Great Britain (Geothermal Energy)

Jon Busby and Ricky Terrington, Geothermal Energy, 2017 5:7 DOI: 10.1186/s40517-017-0066-z

An assessment of the engineered geothermal system (EGS) resource base that might be available for the generation of electricity for Great Britain has been undertaken by adopting a globally self-consistent protocol that if universally adopted, would allow estimates of EGS made for different countries and regions to be comparable. 

Maximum estimated temperatures at depths of 5 and 7 km are greater than 200 and 300°C respectively, a considerable increase over previous estimates. The total heat in place in the basement, to a depth of 9.5 km that is theoretically available for EGS is 357,197 EJ. If it were possible to develop just 2% of this resource, this would be equivalent to 1242 times the final UK energy consumption in 2015. 

The theoretical and technical potential power has been calculated from the available heat in place. The total technical potential power, to a depth of 6.5 km, is 222,393 MWe and represents just 0.4% of the theoretical potential power. 

Current EGS exploitation is more likely to be restricted to a depths of around 4.5 km and reservoir temperatures greater than 175 °C. In which case technical potential power is mainly restricted to regions of high heat producing granites and represents a total technical potential power of 2280 MWe. However, improvements in drilling technology are expected to enable economic drilling to depths of 7 km or greater that will enable EGS exploitation in all regions of Great Britain.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Australia: State Government Support for Extension of Birdsville Geothermal Plant

Western Queensland will see construction booming over the next year with $428 million delivered through the Palaszczuk Government’s 2017-18 Budget.

Projects partly or fully funded in this budget include $15.1 million for Birdsville Geothermal Plant capital works to expand the 80 kilowatts geothermal power station into a 200kW state-of-the-art facility.

Previous Articles on the Birdsville geothermal power plant from Global Geothermal News:

Canada: British Columbia is Far Better Situated to Capitalize on Geothermal Energy

If Saskatchewan Can Build a Geothermal Power Plant, Why Can’t B.C.? (DeSmog Canada)

While news of Saskatchewan’s plan for a small geothermal power plant was met with excitement by renewable energy advocates,  experts say British Columbia is far better situated to capitalize on the technology yet has failed to do so.

“It should be a little bit of a shock that a less good resource is being developed in Saskatchewan over a world-class resource in B.C.,” said Alison Thompson, chair and co-founder of the Canadian Geothermal Energy Association (CanGEA).

B.C. is located on the Pacific Ring of Fire, a geothermal hot zone. Maps produced by CanGEA found B.C. has enough geothermal potential to power the entire province.

“There are geothermal projects all up the coast but they stop at the border. There’s nothing in B.C.,” Thompson said.

“This is clearly not technical, not economic. This is policy driven.”

Science & Technology: Using Geothermal Energy for Carbon Capture

Turning Bad Air Into Stone (mega)

A new frontier in carbon capture and storage technology

At Hellisheidi geothermal plant just outside Reykjavik, environmental scientists made a major discovery in 2016.

Conducting experiments into carbon capture and storage (CCS), they found that the volcanic island’s basalt rocks could serve as excellent repositories for planet-warming carbon dioxide (CO2).

Mixing CO2 with water and pumping it directly into the rocks, the researchers were able to turn the substance into a storable solid. Impressively, the mineralisation process they used took just two years – at least five times faster than their most optimistic predictions.

Costa Rica: JICA Provides Funds for 55 MW Borinquen I Geothermal Project

Signing of Japanese ODA Loan Agreement with Costa Rica: Supporting a geothermal power plant project to mitigate the effects of climate change (News Release)

On June 20, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a loan agreement with the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) in San José, the capital city of Costa Rica, to provide a Japanese ODA loan of up to 25.991 billion yen for the Borinquen I Geothermal Project (Guanacaste Geothermal Development Sector Loan).

Through the project, ICE will construct a geothermal power plant in the Borinquen district of Guanacaste Province in the northwest part of Costa Rica, strengthening the power supply with renewable energy to mitigate the effects of climate change, with the objective of contributing to sustainable development in Costa Rica. The loan funds will be allocated to public works for steam development and power plant construction, to the procurement of power generation and related equipment, and to consulting services (including preliminary and detailed design reviews, and bidding assistance).

Peru: Geothermal Energy Feasibility Studies Underway in South

Yamila Osorio Delgado, Regional President of Arequipa: Interview (Oxford Business Group)

What specific steps are needed to develop geothermal energy in Arequipa?

Yamila Osorio Delgado: It is too early to gauge the prospects of geothermal, however, we have identified areas in Cayoma with potential. Studies are underway to determine the feasibility of producing geothermal energy in Arequipa.

The Ministry of Energy and Mines has already awarded concessions, and the firms are at the stage of establishing relationships with the local communities, under the guidance of the Regional Government of Arequipa.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

United Kingdom: Drilling to Begin Next Year at United Downs Deep Geothermal Power Project

New Hot Opportunity at United Downs – ‘Mining for Heat’ gets £10m Euro grant (Cornish Stuff)

An investment from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) worth up to £10.6m will enable a revolutionary geothermal venture at United Downs near Redruth in Cornwall.  

The United Downs Deep Geothermal Power project, which is the first of its kind in the UK, will explore the geothermal resources at depth and hopes to use the energy to drive a demonstration power plant supplying electricity to the local grid. This exciting project will be led by Geothermal Engineering Limited (GEL).

To unlock the potential at United Downs two boreholes (called ‘wells’) will be drilled, one 2.5km deep and the other 4.5km deep. The deeper of the two wells would be the deepest onshore hole in the UK. Water will be circulated between the wells, collecting heat from the rocks, before being brought to surface at a temperature of about 175°C and being fed into the demonstration power plant. The plant will generate 1 MW of clean renewable electricity, which is enough to meet the electricity needs of about 1,500 households.

The drilling will begin in early 2018 and take about 6 months.  Testing the wells, characterising the geothermal system and installing the power plant will take a further 18 months, with a target commissioning date in early 2020. 

Indonesia: Opinion - Key to Geothermal Development is Exploration and Investment

Geothermal Exploration In Indonesia (LinkedIn)

There have been several articles published recently, including the Jakarta Posts comment about funding for geothermal exploration. The author has been stating for quite some time that the key to geothermal development is exploration and investment and that the GOI has to take responsibility for this.

It is well known that Indonesia has 40% of the world's geothermal reserves, although these reserves are only predicted and not confirmed. In order to confirm the resources, to know the extent of the "Ring of Energy", (as this is what the Ring of Fire is), to know where the reservoirs are, exploration of the whole “Ring of Energy” has to be carried out, this can not be done by traditional exploration methods only due to the time, cost and investment requirements of exploring for something that carries a lot of risk. 

Science &Technology: Lithium Can be Mined from Oil & Gas Well Waste Water

Could Lithium Extraction from Produced Water Mitigate the Declining Oil Price? (Oil Pro)

Depleted oil fields can end up producing vast quantities of produced water. At the current depressed oil price, widespread abandonment is already underway, however some of these facilities could become viable economic sources of vital minerals, extracted essentially at no incremental cost, save for treatment and purification.

Oil companies however, could be missing a trick. Produced water can contain appreciable quantities of salts and minerals – some of them very valuable. In the last few years, a race to find and produce Lithium has kicked off, fuelled in large part by the industry’ arch-nemesis – the EV.

South of the Salton Sea in California, where spent geothermal brines contain around 250ppm Lithium, the race is on to extract it for Tesla’s battery mega-factory in Reno. Several players are involved. However, in places like North Dakota, Wyoming, Oklahoma, East Texas and Arkansas, oilfield brines containing up to 700ppm are known to exist.

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Netherlands: Green Deal Signed for Ultra Deep Geothermal Power

Green Deal: 30% of industrial heat demand from Ultra Deep Geothermal (Amsterdam Petroleum Geoscience)

30% of industrial heat demand in the Netherlands could be provided by Ultra Deep Geothermal Power. 

On June 19th, the Dutch Ministries of Economics, Infrastructure and the Environment, EBN, TNO and seven consortiums of companies have signed the Green Deal for Ultra Deep Geothermal Power (UDG). 

This is an important step for mapping the possibilities Of UDG in The Netherlands and encourages further development of the technology.

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USA, Oregon: Survey for Geothermal Resources on Umatilla Indian Reservation

USGS survey analyzes earthquake hazards, geothermal resources (East Oregonian)

A survey conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey is assessing fault lines and possible geothermal resources on the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

By mapping the location of fault lines underground, researchers are working to gain a better understanding of earthquake hazards in the area — such as the magnitude 6.2 quake that shook Milton-Freewater in 1936.

The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR), meanwhile, is interested in identifying geothermal resources for possible future development as it strives to become energy independent.

Patrick Mills, project manager with the CTUIR Department of Natural Resources, said their mutual interests coalesced nicely into a single strategy. Field studies began in mid-May, with funding from the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Energy Trust of Oregon.

“We know there are geothermal resources,” Mills said. “It’s a matter of finding out how close they are to the surface.”

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Kenya: Geothermal Internship Program at GDC

Geothermal Development Company | Internship Programme (GDC)

Geothermal Development Company (GDC) invites applications for an Internship Program – To qualify an applicant must be an unemployed Kenyan graduate with a Diploma or a Degree. 

To be eligible one must be an on-going student in college or university. The date of receipt of applications shall be a key consideration in the selection criteria.

Application Deadline: 30th June, 2017

You may also drop your application through our email:

Monday, June 19, 2017

California: CAISO to Study Renewable Energy Alternatives to Natural Gas Plants

California grid operator agrees to study clean alternatives to Oxnard gas plant (Los Angeles Times)

The manager of California’s electricity grid agreed Friday to conduct a study of clean energy alternatives to replacing an existing natural gas facility in Ventura County with a new, more efficient fossil fuel plant.

In a five-page filing with state regulators, the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) asked for a deadline of Aug. 16 to complete the project. The California Energy Commission had initially given the system operator until July 19, if it chose to do the review of alternatives to the proposed Puente natural gas project. Commissioners have scheduled a hearing for June 28.

The studies mean that a handful of proposed fossil fuel plants could get scrapped in favor of renewable energy.

A Los Angeles Times investigation earlier this year found that power plants are closing prematurely in the state because of a glut of electricity. Yet regulators continue to approve more natural gas plants.

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Grenada: Radio Program on the Promises of Geothermal Energy for the Eastern Caribbean Nation

The Geothermal energy potential of Grenada (Grenadapts)

Christopher Joseph, Energy officer at the Energy Division and Andre Joseph-Witzig, Environmental Officer at the Environment Division explain what is geothermal energy, how it can contribute to more price stability in the electricity sector, less reliance for the country on unstable international markets, reduce the country’s import balance and less carbon emissions to mitigate the effects of climate change.

Europe: More Information on Geothermal Combined Heat, Power and Metal Extraction Project

CHPM2030 releases new project brochure (News Release)

The CHPM2030 project is defining a technology pathway that could substantially decrease Europe’s dependency on both the import of critical metallic minerals and of energy.

The project aims at new concepts coupling the production of geothermal energy and metals and thus improving the economic viability of EGS projects.

Discover more about the ongoing work and expected results in the new project brochure that you may download here.

France: Geothermal Energy a Success for Paris Orly Airport

Geothermal district heating a CO2 win for Paris airport (Decentralized Energy)

Geothermal district heating has helped to reduce carbon emissions from Paris’s three airports by around 63 per cent since 2009, new data from the airport operator show.

Groupe ADP, which runs the city's Charles de Gaulle, Orly and Le Bourget airports, reported that the reduction in CO2 emissions took place between 2009 and 2016.

A 135 MWth/12 MWe geothermal district heating system, which came online in 2011, provides 70 per cent of the heat and sanitary water used in Orly’s terminals and new office facilities and has saved 50,000 metric tonnes of CO2 over the system’s lifetime, Groupe ADP said.

In addition, the system has reduced Orly’s gas use by 4000 tonnes of oil equivalent, allowing the airport to reduce its CO2 output by around 9000 tonnes annually.

The district heating system features two 1800-metre-deep wells which produce water at 74 degrees C. The water is then distributed through a 35 km pipe network.

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USA, Washington: Support for Geothermal Energy Development in Pacific North-West

Washington looks to build up its geothermal energy capacity (Hydrogen Fuel News)

New legislation aims to streamline the use of geothermal energy in the state
Washington legislators have passed a new bill that aims to streamline the state’s use of geothermal energy. The state has shown some interest in this form of clean power recently, but has been slow to embrace geothermal power when compared to its neighbors. Washington already uses a heavy mix of clean power sources, but is now looking to ensure that geothermal energy plays a larger role in its sustainable future.

Governor Jay Inslee approved the legislation in order to secure the future of geothermal energy. The legislation will clear the way for reconnaissance and experimental drilling to determine sources of strong geothermal potential. Developing geothermal power in the state has been a complicated issue, partly due to the state’s complex geology. This has made it difficult for developers to reach areas of geothermal potential, which has slowed the creation of new projects in many parts of the state. The legislation intends to help resolve this issue by making more research resources available, making it easier for discover the state’s geothermal potential.

Indonesia: PT Geothermal Nusantara - New Name for PT Geo Dipa Energi

Geo Dipa Energi changes name (The Jakarta Post)

State-owned geothermal energy firm PT Geo Dipa Energi has announced a change in its name into PT Geothermal Nusantara, following its expansion into geothermal energy processing.

In a statement, the company says it will soon manage two new geothermal working areas (WKP) aside from its existing sites in Dieng Plateau, Central Java, and Patuha, West Java.

Geo Dipa Energi president director Riki Firmandha Ibrahim said the government had entrusted the company with managing two more WKPs in Umbul Telomoyo and Arjuno Welirang, East Java.

Switzerland: New Geothermal Electricity and Heat Project in Vaud Canton

First Swiss hydrothermal geothermal project to produce electricity and heat (News Release)

On June 12, 2017 Alpine Geothermal Power Production (AGEPP SA) was officially created, with headquarters in Lavey-Morcles.

It brings together several partners in the Romandy area active in the development of renewable energy - SI-REN SA, Holdigaz SA, EOS Holding SA, Romande Energie Holding SA and CESLA SA - as well as the communes of Lavey-Morcles (VD) Mauritius (VS).

The objectives of AGEPP SA are as follows:
  • Develop geothermal drilling projects, particularly in the Lavey area;
  • Exploit geothermal resources, notably from the Bains de Lavey resource, by generating electricity and supplying heat to various customers.
The AGEPP hydrothermal geothermal project aims to exploit the geothermal water naturally contained in the aquifer located in crystalline (gneiss) cracked rocks by pumping. These rocks have a high permeability.

Philippines: Unilever Chooses Geothermal Energy to Power Production

First Gen, Unilever forge a mutual journey to ‘clean’ energy future (Manila Bulletin)

First Gen Corporation’s subsidiary – its licensed retail electricity supplier (RES) unit First Gen Energy Solutions (FGES) recently cornered a new ally in Unilever Philippines Inc. in what could be fairly considered a concerted journey into ‘carbon positive energy future’ – anchored on not just reinforcing their respective ‘brands’ but taking their sustainability goals to a whole new level.

Unilever signed up a supply agreement with FGES to procure its energy needs from a geothermal plant – initially satisfying its aims of having 100-percent renewable energy to power up its chain of operations.

As qualified by Unilever Philippines Chairman Benjie Yap, “our Cavite facility is running on 100-percent geothermal energy – with renewable energy accounting for 15% of our total energy mix,” adding that “while switching to renewable energy sources have led to a decrease in our carbon emissions by 31-percent for this year, we are not stopping there.” On a global scale, Mr Yap qualified that Unilever “set an ambitious target of being carbon positive by 2030, sourcing 100-percent of our total energy across operations from renewable sources by such time.”

Friday, June 16, 2017

Belgium: Promising Geothermal Reservoir Below 2,500 Meters

Development of the first deep geothermal doublet in the Campine Basin of Belgium (European Geologist Journal)

Figure 1: Palaeozoic subcrop map of the Campine Basin (compiled after Langenaeker, 2000; Patijn & Kimpe, 1961). The map shows the location of the Balmatt site at Mol-Donk, offset wells used to define the Balmatt geothermal project and the geometry of the 2D seismic campaign of 2010.
In the fall of 2015 the first deep geothermal well was drilled in the municipality of Mol, Belgium. The primary objective was to explore the geothermal reservoir characteristics and the exact depth of the Carboniferous Limestone Group. Based on the test results of exploration well MOL-GT-01, a second well was drilled in spring 2016 creating a geothermal doublet of one vertical well (3,610 m along hole) and one deviated well (4,341 m along hole).

Both wells give new stratigraphic and structural insights into the geological history of the Campine Basin. Furthermore, the presence of a geothermal reservoir at depths below 2,500 m has been demonstrated for the first time in Belgium, unlocking opportunities for new developments elsewhere.

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Science & Technology: Predicting Volcanic Activity by Measuring Gas Levels

Can Volcanic Gas Levels Predict an Eruption? (EOS)

Researchers test whether the changing composition of volcanic gas can signal a coming eruption in Chile’s Villarrica volcano.

Gas wafts from the summit crater of Chile’s Villarrica volcano. Researchers placed instruments on the crater’s rim to measure gas emissions to find out if such data can be used to predict eruptions. Credit: Gerben van Heijningen, CC BY-NC 2.0
Before a volcano erupts, there are usually signs of what’s to come; small earthquakes, heat emission, and ground swelling, to name a few, have all been observed to precede eruptions. Volcanologists also monitor the changing composition of gas emissions at volcanoes in the months leading up to an eruption. However, precursory variations in gas have not yet been verified to occur in volcanoes hosting active lava lakes.

To find out if volcanic gas emissions might also be used to predict eruptions at lava lake–hosting, carbon-poor volcanoes, Aiuppa et al. looked at Chile’s Villarrica volcano. Villarrica towers 2847 meters over the town of the same name; magma bubbles and spatters in an open-vent lava lake at its peak.
  • A CO2-gas precursor to the March 2015 Villarrica volcano eruption. Alessandro Aiuppa, et al. DOI: 10.1002/2017GC006892G3: Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems
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(Thanks to GRC Member Marcelo Lippmann, Staff Scientist (retired) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory for the submission.)

Science & Technology: Tool Provides Categories of Seismicity Risk for Geothermal Projects

Screening tool developed to assess seismic risks from geothermal energy projects (European Commission)

A new screening tool to assess the potential seismic risks (earthquake activity) from deep geothermal energy projects has been outlined in a recent study. The tool provides categories of seismicity risk for projects, which are dependent on factors including geological aspects, as well as social concern and location in relation to urban areas.

This study outlines a screening tool for geothermal seismicity termed the Geothermal Risk of Induced Seismicity Diagnosis (GRID), which estimates to what extent induced seismicity is a concern for a project. GRID is designed to be used during project planning and develops four categories for induced seismicity risk from very low or no concern (Category 0) to a high level of concern, where induced seismicity is likely (Category III). The framework was tested on three geothermal projects in Switzerland — Basel, St. Gallen, and Riehen — as well as a hypothetical Basel-type project located in a low-risk area with high social concern.

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Nicaragua: New Injection Well Completed at San Jacinto Geothermal Project

Polaris Infrastructure Provides Drilling Program Update (News Release)

(Courtesy Polaris Infrastructure)
Polaris Infrastructure Inc. has provided an update with respect to the 2017 San Jacinto drilling program.

Consistent with the stated objective of maximizing long-term production at the San Jacinto project, the company's wholly-owned subsidiary, Polaris Energy Nicaragua S.A. (PENSA), began drilling a new injection well, SJ 11-2, in late April, 2017. The well was completed in early June 2017, on-time and under budget, after successfully hitting the targeted zone of permeability. Accordingly, we anticipate that SJ 11-2 will accept a significant volume of geothermal fluids for reinjection, further increasing operating flexibility with respect to the long-term management of the San Jacinto reservoir. We anticipate SJ 11-2 being available for service in late July 2017, following completion of routine construction and fabrication activities.

Further, we are pleased to confirm that drilling of SJ 4-2, a new production well, is scheduled to commence on June 18, 2017. The objective with SJ 4-2 is to further increase average production towards the 72 MW (net) level supported by both the purchase price agreement as well as installed turbine capacity at the San Jacinto project. Target completion date for SJ 4-2 is early August, 2017. In addition, Polaris Infrastructure is assessing whether to drill a second production well, after SJ 4-2, and expects to come to a decision in the next few weeks.

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Indonesia: Pertamina Completes 110 MW Expansion of Ulubelu Geothermal Power Plant

Pertamina completes US$397 million geothermal units in Lampung (Jakarta Post)

Pertamina Geothermal Energy (PGE), a subsidiary of state-owned energy giant Pertamina, has completed the development of Units 3 and 4 of the Ulubelu geothermal power plant in Lampung, with a total capacity of 2x55 (110) MW.

Unit 3 had already started commercial operations in July 2016, and Unit 4 in March this year. The two new units have a total investment value of US$397 million.

Meanwhile, Units 1 and 2 of the Ulubelu power plant, which are operated by state-owned electricity firm PLN, also have a total capacity of 2x55 MW. PGE only supplies the geothermal energy to fuel these units.

"In total, the Ulubelu plant now generates 220 MW of electricity, or 25 percent of the whole electricity demand in Lampung," PGE's general manager for the Ulubelu region, Dirgo Rahayu, told reporters during a media visit to the Ulubelu facility in Lampung on Friday.

Global: Last Opportunity to Recognize Distinguished Colleagues in the Geothermal Community

Deadline for Global Geothermal Awards (News Release)

Nominations for the  annual GRC Awards to be submitted by midnight tonight

Last year's GRC Award winners
The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) would like to remind the global geothermal community to make their nominations for this year’s GRC Awards. The awards recognize distinguished colleagues in the geothermal community from around the world and have been a highlight of the geothermal calendar since the late 1970’s. The deadline for nominations is by midnight tonight.

The winners will be honored at the GRC Annual Meeting being held in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA from October 1–4. The theme for this year’s meeting is Geothermal Energy: The Power to Do More.

More Information........                 Nomination Form (PDF)..........

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Kenya: Cheaper Geothermal Power Helps to Lower Electricity Bills

Power bills likely to fall from July - KPLC boss (The Star)

Geothermal power from Olkaria will replace expensive thermal power at the coast

Electricity bills are set to drop slightly from next month when the Isinya substation is switched on, enabling the evacuation of geothermal power from Naivasha to Mombasa, Kenya Power said yesterday.

The transmission will enable the near-monopoly power distributor to cut some of the expensive thermal electricity from the mix at the Coast, acting chief executive Ken Tarus said.

The 400-kilovolt Suswa -Isinya transmission line was completed last month, he added, and is set for commissioning by President Uhuru Kenyatta by the end of the month.

We have since increased power generation coming from geothermal, and reduced generation of power coming from thermal which is very expensive,” he said. “This in itself is a big contribution to the reduction of the cost power,” Tarus said.

Happy Father's Day! Here's a Geothermal Tie!

11 Clean Energy Ties Dad Can't Live without this Father's Day (DOE/EERE)

With Father’s Day right around the corner, why not get dad the gift that keeps on giving—clean energy! Give dad’s tie a personal touch by downloading the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) office tie coloring book.

Print out and get your kids to color the tie. Send me a photo,, of you wearing the completed tie and I will publish it here in the blog!

Finance: Bloomberg Report Forecasts Continued Rise of Renewable Energy and Demise of Coal

New Energy Outlook 2017 (Bloomberg New Energy Finance)

Some key findings from the Executive Summary:
  • Global power demand grows by 58% between now and 2040, or 2% per year. Growth in power demand increasingly decouples from GDP, however – we expect the intensity of electricity consumption per unit of GDP to fall by 27% over 2016-40.
  • We expect $10.2 trillion to be invested in new power generation capacity worldwide to 2040. Of this, 72% goes to renewables, or $7.4 trillion. Solar takes $2.8 trillion and wind $3.3 trillion. Investment in renewable energy increases to around $400 billion per year by 2040, a 2-3% average annual increase. Investment in wind grows faster than solar – wind increasing 3.4% and solar 2.3% per year on average.
  • Wind and solar account for 48% of installed capacity and 34% of electricity generation world-wide by 2040. This is compared with just 12% and 5% today. Installed solar capacity increases 14-fold and wind capacity fourfold by 2040. We anticipate renewable energy reaching 74% penetration in Germany, 38% in the U.S., 55% in China and 49% in India by 2040 as batteries and new sources of flexibility bolster the reach of renewables.

Kenya: Menengai Geothermal Project is 85% Complete

Progress at Menengai Geothermal Project (GDC)

Geothermal Development Company (GDC) reports the steam gathering system at the Menengai Geothermal Project is 85% complete. The wells can produce 137 MW of generation capacity, 105 MW of which will be offered to Independent Power Producers (IPP) in Phase I of the project.

Philippines: Phinma Petroleum and Geothermal, Inc. - New Name for Company Unit

PHINMA merges petrol, geothermal exploration units (Manila Bulletin)

Listed firm PHINMA Energy Corporation has merged its upstream business units on petroleum and geothermal energy under newly incorporated subsidiary PHINMA Petroleum and Geothermal, Inc.

The company’s corporate identity took off from the defunct Trans-Asia Petroleum Corporation – and this is part of the continuing re-branding process that the PHINMA Group has been pursuing.

Over the years, PHINMA group has its ventures in the upstream oil and gas segment and also cornered key partnership deal in the Maibarara geothermal power facility which is currently advancing into its 12-megawatt capacity expansion – the downstream component of the business.

The company has 25-percent stake in the project, of which first phase is already under commercial operation at 20 MW capacity.

PHINMA Energy further partnered with Basic Energy Corporation for prospective geothermal development in Mabini, Batangas for a potential capacity of 20 to 60 megawatts.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Thailand: BCPG Shareholders Authorize Purchase of Stake in Indonesian Geothermal Plants

BCPG nod for Indonesia plants (Bangkok Post)

BCPG Plc, a Thai renewable power business arm of state majority-owned energy firm Bangchak Corporation Plc, is continuing its process to acquire a 33.3% stake in three geothermal power plants in Indonesia.

President and chief executive Bundit Sapianchai said shareholders approved on June 13 for the company to buy 33.3% of shares in Star Energy Group Holdings Ltd, which operates three geothermal power plants...

He said the Star Energy purchase will give BCPG a 20% stake in Wayang Windu plant, a 17.3% stake in Salak plant and a 17.3% in Darajat plant.

The three power plants have started commercial operations with Wayang Windu having total power-generating capacity of 347 MW, Salak 377 MW and Darajat 271 MW, said Mr Bandit.

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Indonesia: Field Trip to Darajat Dry Steam Geothermal Field in West Java

Fieldtrip After IIGCE 2017‏ 

The 5th Indonesia International Geothermal Convention & Exhibition (IIGCE) will be held 2-4 August at the Jakarta Convention Center, Indonesia.

After the conference there is an opportunity to visit the Star Energy Geothermal Operation Field and Darajat Field in West Java.

This resource is one of only a few dry steam fields in the world.

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Philippines: 12 MW Expansion of Maibarara 2 Geothermal Plant to be Completed by End of Year

PetroEnergy's Maibarara 2 geothermal plant upgrade finally nears completion (

Philippines-based PetroEnergy said that the 12 MW expansion of the Maibarara 2 geothermal plant will finally be completed by the fourth quarter. The upgrade is estimated to cost around $38m.

Power generated from the geothermal project will be sold to Phinma Energy.

The plant, which began operating in 2014, currently has a capacity of 20 MW.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Global: Opportunity to Recognize Distinguished Colleagues in the Geothermal Community

Deadline Nears for Global Geothermal Awards (News Release)

Nominations for the annual GRC Awards to be submitted by Friday

Last year's GRC Award winners
The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) would like to remind the global geothermal community to make their nominations for this year’s GRC Awards. The awards recognize distinguished colleagues in the geothermal community from around the world and have been a highlight of the geothermal calendar since the late 1970’s. The deadline for nominations is this Friday, June 16.

The winners will be honored at the GRC Annual Meeting being held in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA from October 1–4. The theme for this year’s meeting is Geothermal Energy: The Power to Do More.

More Information........                 Nomination Form (PDF)..........