International roundup: Geothermal in Washington State, Montserrat, New Zealand, The Philippines, and more

“Weekly news roundup for international geothermal markets”

Geothermal photos via Twitter users @mcnamadd in New Zealand and @KristiJCastle in Iceland

This week’s international roundup brings you headlines from California, New York, Washington State, the Caribbean, Bolivia and Chile, Montserrat, Japan, New Zealand, The Philippines, and Iceland.

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U.S. States

*California: Stanford Envisions All Renewables by 2050
Stanford has published a study that sees California switching to all renewables by 2050. “If implemented, this plan will eliminate air pollution mortality and global warming emissions from California, stabilize prices and create jobs – there is little downside,” said Mark Z. Jacobson, the study’s lead author and a Stanford professor of civil and environmental engineering. One scenario envision 72 100-megawatt geothermal plants as part of the mix. []

*New York: Geo Systems Gaining Popularity
A daycare center, Tutor Time of Melville, opened this month with a geothermal heating and cooling system. “Long Island’s a great area for geothermal, because of the readily available ground source water,” Al Harsch, a renewable energy project developer at GreenLogic, told press. In New York City, buildings that operate with geothermal include the Queens Botanical Garden, Times Square TKTS Booth, Bronx Zoo lighthouse and the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. [;]

*Washington State: Cap-and-Trade on Governor’s Agenda
Governor Jay Inslee is looking at a cap-and-trade system for the state that incorporates suggestions from the California and British Columbia programs. If a plan is passed, it may link up with the Western Climate Initiative (WCI) trading scheme, which includes the aforementioned jurisdictions along with Ontario, Quebec and Manitoba. []

The Americas

*Caribbean Islands: Banks Sign On to Aid Energy Efforts
The Caribbean Development Bank, Japan International Cooperation Agency, and the Inter-American Development Bank signed an agreement this week for supporting diversified energy efforts of Eastern Caribbean States. The agreement seeks to address high energy costs and dependence on fossil fuel energy. []

*Bolivia and Chile: Transmission Project would Link Geothermal
Submitted by Marcelo Lippman–One of the assessment studies carried out by the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF) and the Comisión de Integración Energética Regional (CIER) is the interconnection between the electrical systems of southern Bolivia and northern Chile. The project would consist of a 230-kV transmission line that would link Bolivia’s future Laguna Colorado geothermal plant and Chile’s Sistema Interconectado del Norte Grande (SING); it would be 150 km long, with a capacity of 180 MW. The total cost is estimated to be $ 30.5 million. The entire CAF report can be found at (PDF); the Bolivia-Chile project is discussed on page 57.

*Montserrat: Geothermal Team Prepares for Third Well
Experts working at the geothermal project on the island of Montserrat are now choosing the location for a third well. Geothermal advisor to the Government of Montserrat Mike Allen and Consultant Paul Brophy are quoted discussing the results of the project thus far on “We have been continuing the long-term testing of the wells, the second well is about to be close back in again after more than thirty days of testing, the result form the long terms testing have reconfirmed the initial results that we had and are looking very positive,” Allen states.

Asia and the Pacific

*Japan: Turbine Maker Considers Merger
Hitachi Ltd. and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd., which builds geothermal turbines, may be considering a merger. []

*New Zealand: Geothermal Ecosystems Explored in Taupo
The 1,000 Springs Project by GNS Science and the University of Waikato explores 1,000 geothermal ecosystems from the Taupo Volcanic Zone. Research will encompass microbial diversity and associated physicochemical conditions, and will archive data for long-term use. The project will include an analysis of specific criteria to determine the uniqueness of the geothermal ecosystems. []

*New Zealand: MRP Plans for Geothermal Future
Company Mighty River Power (MRP), a leader in geothermal in the Pacific markets, has created a new position for General Manager of Geothermal. MRP said in a statement, “Mighty River Power’s investment of $1.4 billion in geothermal development and the successful construction of three major geothermal power stations has grown geothermal to more than 40% of the Company’s annual production. The creation of the GM Geothermal role allows both domestic and international geothermal activity to be brought under one member of the executive team. The new role is also responsible for technical services, drilling and joint ventures. Mark Trigg will be acting in this role in the short-term, and a permanent replacement will be recruited later in the year.”

*The Philippines: Maibarara to See 10-MW Expansion
PetroEnergy Resources Corp. plans to expand the Maibarara integrated geothermal power facility that came online this year. “We are expanding Maibarara by 10 MW to bring the capacity to 30 MW. Our [capital expenditure] for that is about $25 million. After that, we will consider another expansion,” company vice president Francisco G. Delfin Jr. told press. []

*The Philippines: Luzon Expects 6 Geo Project Additions This Year
The Luzon grid in the Philippines expects three geothermal generation plants, and three plant expansions, to add a combined additional 423 MW of power this year. []


*Iceland: CO2 Stored in Mineral Form at Geothermal Plant
The Iceland-based project CarbFix uses geothermal energy in its project to store carbon dioxide in mineral form. Geologist Juerg Matter of the University of Southampton, U.K., who is involved with the project, told press: “[W]e take CO2 and wastewater from the same geothermal power plant and inject them together. The CO2 dissolves and, like in a bottle of sparkling water, it stays dissolved as long as it’s sealed. It then reacts with calcium and magnesium silicates in rocks to form carbonates.” []

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