International geothermal news briefs (weekly roundup)

The Oregon Institute of Technology is ready to use 1.5 MW of new geothermal capacity; purchase prices for geothermal in Indonesia are released; and funding for the Nasulo geothermal power plant in the Philippines has been approved. In this post we bring you our extended weekly roundup of geothermal news from around the world. To get these headlines delivered to your inbox in one easy list, subscribe here. Follow daily Twitter updates here. Read on for details below.

A rainbow ornaments the rising steam at a geothermal well flow test at the GDC Menengai project near Nakuru, Kenya, as captured by Abraham Sam Samuel, geothermal business expert at GEA member company Baker Hughes. See more of his photos here. To see your photos featured in GEA’s newsletter or other materials, e-mail leslie at

U.S. States
*Hawaii: Geothermal Test Site Lease to Expire June 18 – The Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority’s HGP-A geothermal test site lease is set to expire June 18. The Department of Health does not think further testing is needed, and a new 65-year lease being sought by NELHA would not allow for additional testing. NELHA would, however, continue to manage the 4-acre property adjacent to Puna Geothermal Venture. []

*Oregon: OIT Uses Geothermal, Solar to Become First All-Renewable North American University – The Klamath Falls campus of the Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT) is ready to utilize 1.5 MW of newly installed geothermal capacity combined with a 2-MW solar array. The school’s Geo-Heat Center has been tapping geothermal to heat campus buildings for nearly fifty years, and with the additions, it is the first university in North America to generate most (or possibly all) of its electrical power from renewable sources. The Department of Energy was a partner in the project, and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz recognized the achievement: “OIT’s use of cutting-edge technology and its commitment to a clean energy future help diversify our energy supply while also bringing us closer to the Administration’s goal of doubling renewable energy for a second time by 2020,” Moniz said. []

Africa and the Middle East
*Jordan: Geothermal Plugged for Food Drying – A recent feasibility study showed Jordan’s agriculture exports market could benefit from using geothermal processes for food drying. The report was conducted by Michigan University master’s students along with the United Nations Development Programme and the Jordan Exporters and Producer’s Association for Fruit and Vegetables. “[R]esilience in the future is dependent on energy and export diversification. Geothermal food drying offers local and international stakeholders a chance to advance both,” according to the report. []

Asia and the Pacific
*Indonesia: Purchase Price for PGE Projects Released – National power utility PLN and PT Pertamina Geothermal Energy (PGE) have agreed on price changes for 730 MW worth of geothermal power projects developed by PGE and must now be approved by the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources. Electricity from the projects Sungai Penuh (2×55 MW in Jambi) and Hululais (2×55 MW) in Bengkulu will have a purchase price of US$7c/kWh, while electricity generated at Kotamobagu (4×20 MW) in North Sulawesi, Lumut Balai (4×55 MW) in South Sumatra, Ulubelu (2×55 MW) in Lampung, Kamojang (1×30 MW) in West Java, Karaha (1×30 MW) in West Java and Lahendong (2×20 MW) in North Sulawesi will have a range between US$8.4c/kWh and U$11.6c/kWh. []

*The Philippines: Nasulo Geothermal Investment Approved – In the Philippines, Energy Development Corp.’s planned P4.64 billion investment for the construction of a 49.4 MW Nasulo geothermal power plant has been approved. The site is located in Sitio Nasulo, Barangay Pugahan, Valencia, Negros Oriental, and commercial operations could begin in January 2016. [Manila Bulletin]

*Hungary: Scholarships for Geothermal Training to go to Eight Professionals – Hungary is looking to increase its geothermal heat production up to 3.5 times the 2010 level by 2020. In a partner program, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway are providing €250,000 for scholarships to eight Hungarian professionals to graduate from a geothermal training program at the United Nations University in Iceland. “Hungary’s geothermal potential significantly exceeds the global average, and is one of the natural treasures of the country,” Mária Tóthné Tőkey, the Head of Division for International Projects at the Hungarian National Environment Protection and Energy Center, was quoted this week. []

*Spain: Tenerife, Site of Geothermal Project, Currently Reliant on Oil – Spain could see its first fully functional geothermal power station come to fruition in Tenerife. Sharon Backhouse, Director of GeoTenerife was quoted in press: “I am constantly amazed by the ingenuity and perseverance of Tenerife innovators. The island has fabulous natural resources. But it’s shocking to think that around 95 percent of its energy needs are currently met using oil. Spain as a whole produces up to 50 percent of its electricity from wind power alone. Why not Tenerife? And this on an island blessed year-round by sun, wind, sea and volcano power!” []

*Turkey: Coal Plant Could Interfere with Geothermal Plans – Plans for a refinery and coal power plant could restrict access to a geothermal energy resource. The geothermal reservoir, owned by the Turkish state, has a 30-year operating license out to Buhar Enerji to develop a 50-MW hybrid geothermal-solar power plant. []

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