Leading news: Legislation on the Agenda; GEA Members Innovate

This post brings you the week’s “Top news for geothermal development and GEA members”

But first, the visual below is from the U.S. Department of Energy and illustrates the vision of the newly announced FORGE program (Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy). The program focuses on an Enhanced Geothermal System (EGS) laboratory (center), from which the R&D community will share data and gain understanding for future successes.

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Infographic from the U.S. DOE

Click below to keep reading “This week’s top news for geothermal development and GEA members”

*U.S. House Subcommittee to Consider Three Geothermal Related Bills
*U.S. Senate Committee Plans Hearing on Energy Permitting
*U.S. TDA to Host Geothermal Workshop in Turkey
*Mitsubishi: New Patent Issued for Geothermal Innovation
*NV Energy to Present RFP Protocol
*US Geothermal: Idaho Statesman Features Boise Company
*New York Times Features Geothermal
*GEA to Hold Annual Members Meeting and Board Elections

U.S. House Subcommittee to Consider Three Geothermal Related Bills
On the morning of Tuesday, July 29, the U.S. House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources (of the Committee on Natural Resources) will hold a legislative hearing on three energy bills. H.R. 596, or “Public Lands Renewable Energy Development Act of 2013,” aims to promote the development of renewable energy on public lands. H.R. 1363 (“Exploring for Geothermal Energy on Federal Lands Act”) would promote timely exploration for geothermal resources under existing geothermal leases. And the third bill to be discussed at the 10:00 a.m. hearing is H.R. 2004 (“Geothermal Production Expansion Act of 2013”), to expand geothermal production.

U.S. Senate Committee Plans Hearing on Energy Permitting
On the afternoon of Tuesday, July 29, a U.S. Senate Committee will look at the process of Bureau of Land Management energy leases. The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources will hold its hearing, “Breaking the Logjam at BLM: Examining Ways to More Efficiently Process Permits for Energy Production on Federal Lands,” at 2:30 p.m. in room 366 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.

U.S. TDA to Host Geothermal Workshop in Turkey
The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) is planning a U.S.-Turkey Geothermal Workshop, coming up this October 21-22 in Ankara, Turkey. Companies and individuals interested should contact Heather Lanigan at 703-875-4357. Check back on the event Web site for upcoming agenda and registration details.

USTDA notes that the agency “helps companies create U.S. jobs through the export of U.S. goods and services for priority development projects in emerging economies. USTDA links U.S. businesses to export opportunities by funding project planning activities, pilot projects, and reverse trade missions while creating sustainable infrastructure and economic growth in partner countries.”

Mitsubishi: New Patent Issued for Geothermal Innovation
Press reports that Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (Tokyo, JP) has been issued patent number 8769951. This patent was filed on June 29, 2011 and was published online on July 8, 2014. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries investors are quoted regarding the “Advantageous Effects of Invention,”

“According to the geothermal power-generation system of the present invention, compressed air compressed by a compressor installed on the ground is sent to a piping in the ground, guided to a high temperature part in the ground, and the compressed air flowing in the piping is heated by geothermal heat. The compressed air thermally inflated in the ground is guided to the ground while heat-retained and introduced into a turbine for power generation. Therefore, air can be used as an operating fluid.

“Further,” the inventors are quoted, “because impurities from the ground are not taken in, processing facilities for toxic substances in the ground are not required. Furthermore, because a heat medium is air, influences of deterioration of the piping can be minimized, the usage rate of geothermal power generation plants can be improved, and facility costs and installation costs can be reduced.”

NV Energy to Present RFP Protocol
NV Energy is planning a presentation meeting on Monday July 28, 2014. The meeting will include its proposed protocol for issuing a request for proposals pursuant to Procedural Order No. 9 in Docket 13-06023, and will be followed by a Q&A session. NV Energy will offer teleconferencing services for the meeting, which will be held in Las Vegas and in Reno via video link. Please RSVP for the meeting by Thursday July 24, 2014. Please RSVP even if you intend to join through the teleconferencing services, and please note that in your RSVP response. Contact: DDavis@nvenergy.com

US Geothermal: Idaho Statesman Features Boise Company
An article on idahostatesman.com features geothermal company US Geothermal’s success story. “The company reported a $4.1 million profit in 2013 after having lost $20 million since 2010 developing power plants near Vale, Ore., and San Emidio in northern Nevada. Those plants, which together cost $172 million to build, are now making money,” the author writes. Additional projects are located in northern California and Guatemala.

New York Times Features Geothermal
A story in New York Times captures the slow but steady development of geothermal energy around the world. It includes quotes from Maria Richards, coordinator of the geothermal laboratory at Southern Methodist University in Dallas; Eckehard Büscher, director of the International Geothermal Office in Germany; Kewen Li, a senior research engineer at the Stanford University School of Earth Sciences; and data from the Geothermal Energy Association. [nytimes.com]

GEA to Hold Annual Members Meeting and Board Elections
The Geothermal Energy Association will hold its annual members meeting as well as elections for Board seats at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada on August 5 from 11:00 a.m. to Noon. The member meeting is being held in conjunction with the GEA’s fourth annual National Geothermal Summit; see http://www.geo-energy.org/nationalgeothermalsummit/Main.aspx.

All members are invited to attend to discuss GEA’s activities in 2014 and its priorities for 2015, and to vote for Board seats for the session starting October 1, 2014. All members should have received a ballot by email. If not, please email Juliana: Juliana@geo-energy.org. Please remember to vote and fax your ballot to 202-454-526, or bring it with you on August 5 if you will be attending in person.

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