Dominica’s power for locals and export; Mexico gets geothermal funding; Testing at St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Around the Americas, geothermal energy saw several milestones this week. Dominica’s Prime Minister showed his geothermal support, while Mexico was the recipient of a $34.4 million pledge from the Inter-American Development Bank. In St. Vincent and the Grenadines, geothermal testing begins.

Dominica: Government Planning Geothermal for Local Consumption and Export
Mexico: Inter-American Development Bank to Provide $34.4 Million for Geothermal
St. Vincent and the Grenadines: Geothermal Testing Begins

Around the Americas, geothermal energy saw several milestones this week. Dominica’s Prime Minister showed his geothermal support, while Mexico was the recipient of a $34.4 million pledge from the Inter-American Development Bank. In St. Vincent and the Grenadines, geothermal testing begins.

Dominica has invested $12,475,987 between January and June 2013 for geothermal drilling and site preparation; and $31 million for the exploratory phase of the project. A note from Daryl V Titre, Office of the Prime Minister is posted on Insidedominica.com. He writes that the government is pursuing a small power plant for local consumption as well as a large power plant for export to Guadeloupe and Martinique. See also Geoenergist.wordpress.com

The Spanish language site Revistaei.cl notes that the Inter-American Development Bank has pledged $34.4 million to promote the development of geothermal energy industry in Mexico.

Prime Minister Gonsalves was present at the November 1 launch for the testing phase of a geothermal project for St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Iceland-based Reykjavik Geothermal plans to begin surface exploration and will work until mid-December. “[W]e are in the next phase of the operations … The story is that we are making progress and it is a matter of great interest not only to St. Vincent and the Grenadines, but the Caribbean, to the neighboring countries such as St. Lucia and Barbados,” Gonsalves was quoted by Jamaicaobserver.com.

The islands also made an appearance in GEA news in April of this year (Geo-energy.org, PDF):

A commentary on renewable energy potential for the Caribbean in “Caribbean News Now” highlights the significant geothermal energy resources in that part of the world. The author notes that Emera Inc., a $2.1 billion Nova Scotia based energy company, acquired a 19% interest in St Lucia Electricity Service Limited (Lucelec) in 2007 and in 2010 announced its intent to acquire a 38% stake in Light and Power Holdings in Barbados – concluding the company is in a position to harness geothermal energy in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

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