Costa Rica and El Salvador’s high geo capacity; Dominica an energy leader

News from around the Americas this week features: Costa Rica and El Salvador rank highest in the region for installed geothermal, says regional alliance. Dominica is ranked first for its geothermal roadmap and potential among CARICOM member states.

Costa Rica and El Salvador: Countries Have Highest Installed Geothermal in Region
Dominica: Ranked First for Energy Roadmap Among CARICOM States, for its Geothermal

Costa Rica and El Salvador: Countries Have Highest Installed Geothermal in Region
A study by the the Energy and Environment Alliance of Central America reports Costa Rica as having the largest installed geothermal capacity in the region, with 217.5 MW. El Salvador comes in second, with 204.4 MW (Thinkgeoenergy.com). Central America has long a frontrunner in geothermal energy, and is exploring its potential for expansion along with other renewable, sustainable technologies, and as noted by Worldwatch.org Costa Rica is leading the world in its ambition to be “carbon neutral” by 2021.

Dominica: Ranked First for Energy Roadmap Among CARICOM States, for its Geothermal
Dominica was recently ranked number one of member states within the CARICOM catchment “as having a clear road map to diversifying its energy resources, in Dominica’s case geothermal” and could be a model for others to follow, the nation’s minister for public works, energy and ports, Rayburn Blackmore, was quoted by local press at the recent Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum in Aruba. Investors and stakeholders honored Dominica with the ranking “because it was felt that the government of Dominica has been able to lead the way in providing a clear road map for the short term, medium and long term development of that sector.” Local news also quotes the minister on the Roseau Valley project: “The EIA for the two full sized wells have been done.” He added, “The Icelandic company who will be doing the drilling has arrived in Dominica and towards the end of [October] we will see the actual start of the drilling of the production wells.” He said the construction of a 15-MW power plant in the Roseau Valley is expected to bring about a reduction in the price of electricity, about 15-40% for consumers. The government will then pursue a bigger plant of 120 MW. The CARICOM member states are: Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago. Associate members: Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Turks and Caicos Islands. See also GeoEnergyWire Sept. 26; GeoEnergyWire Sept. 5; Caricom.org; Caribbeannewsnow.com; Caribjournal.com

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