Comment on EPA emissions standards; Guatemala’s 250-MW RE open tender; California’s proposed geothermal program changes

In geothermal industry opportunities this week, check out instructions for commenting on the 2013 proposed carbon pollution standards from the U.S. EPA. Elsewhere, Guatemala announces an open tender for 250-MW renewable energy. And California will be opening a comment period on proposed changes to its geothermal program.


How to Comment on the 2013 Proposed Carbon Pollution Standard for New Power Plants
Guatemala Announces 250-MW Renewable Energy Open Tender
California Hearing and Comment Period, Proposed Geothermal Program Changes (October 9)

How to Comment on the 2013 Proposed Carbon Pollution Standard for New Power Plants
Via EPA.gov — EPA will accept written comments for 60 days after publication of the proposal in the Federal Register. Comments on the proposed Carbon Pollution Standards for New Power Plants must reference Docket ID: EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0495. Comments may be submitted by one of the following methods:

  • Online: Regulations.gov
  • E-mail: Send to a-and-r-Docket@epa.gov.
  • Fax: 202-566-9744.
  • Mail: Air and Radiation Docket and Information Center, Environmental Protection Agency, Mail Code: 2822T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC, 20460.
  • Hand Delivery or Courier: EPA Docket Center, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, DC, 20460.  Such deliveries are only accepted during the Docket’s normal hours of operation, and special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information.

Note: Comments submitted in response to the April 2012 proposed rule will not be associated with this new proposal. Commenters who submitted public comments concerning any aspect of the previous proposal will need to consider the applicability of those comments to this current proposal and submit them again, even if the comments are exactly or substantively the same as those previously submitted. EPA will hold a public hearing on this proposal. Check for date, time, and location in the Federal Register and also posted on the Carbon Pollution Standards Web site.

Guatemala Announces 250-MW Renewable Energy Open Tender
Submitted by Marcelo Lippmann — Guatemala’s Ministry of Energy and Mines has announced an Open Tender PEG 3-2013 for 250 megawatts of power to supply for a period of fifteen years (2017 to 2032). 03-2013 PEG encourages participation of all technologies used to generate electricity through renewable resources, so it is expected to receive offers from wind power generation, hydro, geothermal, and biomass. “The Bid responds to the priorities of Indicative Expansion Plan Generation, which seeks to harness renewable energy sources and the use of new technologies that activate the transformation of the energy of Guatemala raised in the Energy Policy 2013-2027,” Erick Archila, Minister of Energy and Mines told press. Mem.gob.gt

California Hearing and Comment Period, Proposed Geothermal Program Changes (October 9)
Via California Geothermal Energy Collaborative — The California Energy Commission recently announced the availability of a Notice of Proposed Action to amend the Geothermal Grant and Loan Program regulations. The energy commission will conduct the hearing during its regularly scheduled business meeting on October 9th at 10:00 AM. The Notice, the proposed amendments to the regulations, the Initial Statement and Reasons for the amendments, the documents relied on in the rulemaking, and associated documents are available for review on the Energy Commission Web site, Energy.ca.gov

Publication of the Notice of Proposed Action starts a 45-day public comment period during which time the Energy Commission will accept comments on the proposed regulation amendments. See the Notice of Proposed Action for more information on submitting public comments.

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