Leading news: GEA Members are Exploring New Frontiers

This post brings you the week’s “Top news for geothermal development and GEA members,” including the latest updates on the upcoming Geothermal Energy Expo, delegates that will be visiting from East Africa, and comments on energy market tax needs from U.S. Senate leadership.

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Map from EAGP brochure [PDF]

But first, the map above shows geothermal prospect areas in East Africa’s Rift Valley region. This month the Geothermal Energy Association looks forward to hosting delegates from Djibouti, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Uganda here in the U.S. through our Africa-focused sister organization in the USEA, the East Africa Geothermal Partnership. The visiting government and industry officials are interested in working with U.S. companies as they tap into the estimated 15,000 MW of potential geothermal capacity in the Rift Valley area.

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International roundup: Geothermal in Ethiopia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Burma, Hungary, and more

“Weekly news roundup for international geothermal markets”

This week’s international roundup brings you headlines from California, Nevada, Ethiopia, Kenya, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Burma, New Zealand, Northern Marianas Islands, Vietnam, France, Hungary, and Iceland.

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Geothermal photos via Twitter users @dhlovelife in Iceland and @kt_travels in New Zealand

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Leading news: Congressional Decisions and Upcoming Events Help Shape the Geothermal Future

This post brings you the week’s “Top news for geothermal development and GEA members,” including news on renewable tax credits, the Ex-Im bank reauthorization, the upcoming Geothermal Energy Expo, the California geothermal market, and more.

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“In the figure, the higher estimated inaction costs appear in red, while the lower estimates appear in orange. These estimated costs provide an initial basis for comparison with the estimated project costs of revitalization or mitigation, shown in black, to demonstrate that the costs of inaction are not zero.” – Pacific Institute

The visual above is from a new Pacific Institute report, “Hazard’s Toll.” The report looks at what the costs will be if issues at the Salton Sea area, including water and air quality decline, are not revitalized or mitigated. Many people assign the cost of inaction to be $0, but the report finds this isn’t the case. “Even at the low estimate, the long–term social and economic costs of a deteriorating Salton Sea could approach $29 billion, well in excess of the project cost of the state’s revitalization plan,” according to the report. The Imperial Irrigation District has proposed the Salton Sea Restoration and Renewable Energy Initiative, which uses geothermal development as an economic catalyst in the sustainability-minded plan.

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International roundup: Geothermal in California, Nevada, Nevis, St. Lucia, Vanuatu, France, and more

“Weekly news roundup for international geothermal markets”

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Geothermal photos via @socialreykjavik in Iceland and @AaronMandell in Oregon

This week’s international roundup brings you headlines from California, Nevada, New York, Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Vanuatu, Vietnam, France, and the UK.

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Leading news: California Bill Faces Final Hurdles; GEA Welcomes New Members

This post brings you the week’s “Top news for geothermal development and GEA members,” including the latest on California’s S.B. 1139, updates on GEA members, and deadlines coming up for major geothermal events in Portland, Oregon.

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International roundup: Geothermal in Illinois, Rwanda, Tanzania, Indonesia, Iceland, and more

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Geothermal photos via Twitter users @helenC_P and @mcnamadd

This week’s international roundup brings you headlines from California, Illinois, Washington, Rwanda, Tanzania, Indonesia, The Philippines, and Iceland.

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Leading news: Industry Growth Ahead, from California to Africa

This post brings you the week’s “Top news for geothermal development and GEA members,” including news from the U.S.-East Africa Geothermal Partnership and GEA membership updates.

First, the graph below comes from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Energy Projects Energy Infrastructure Update for July 2014. Comparing the cumulative new generation from January to July 2014 (middle column) to the same time period last year, (right-hand column), it appears the geothermal industry is ahead of last year’s performance in terms of new generation. Ken Bossong, Executive Director of the SUN DAY Campaign, noted that renewable sources together accounted for more than half (53.8%) of the 4,758 MW of new U.S. electrical capacity that has come on line this year. “This is not the first time in recent years that all new electrical generating capacity for a given month has come from renewable energy sources,” Bossong said in a statement, “And it is likely to become an ever more frequent occurrence in the months and years ahead.”

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